The international break did nothing to halt Spurs’ momentum as they brushed West Ham aside and a third London derby in a row presents them with a great chance to give their top four ambitions a significant boost. Chelsea ended their three-game losing streak with a win at Norwich last weekend and then had an easy trip to Israel so they at least travel in better spirits than a few weeks ago.
Spurs won this fixture 5-3 last season and given how the two teams have been playing a repeat wouldn’t be a surprise. Mauricio Pochettino’s young squad were the better side against Arsenal and have thrashed fellow top-six teams West Ham and Man City, while their sole defeat was back on the opening day when they probably deserved a point at Old Trafford. Their results are coming with increasing style as well, with Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen both finding their best form and Mousa Dembele reminding people just why he was so highly regarded when at Fulham.
The Lilywhites have a mixed record at home against top-six finishers in the past few seasons having won five and lost six of 15 such matches between 2012/13 and 2014/15. However, they seem to be an improving outfit and are unbeaten at White Hart Lane this term despite hosting several sides in better form than this Chelsea outfit. Keeping the draw on our side Spurs can still be backed at 17/20 in the Draw No Bet market.
The Blues were slightly fortunate to win at West Brom earlier in the season but that is their only success on the road as they’ve lost four of six away games while conceding 13 goals. Their loss here last season was the only time they lost at any of the top 12 but they also won only one of six trips to the top seven as Mourinho preferred a conservative approach that resulted in four draws.
Chelsea surely need to set out to try and take all three points from this game but on this season’s form – and also their performances in the final third of last term – that looks highly unlikely. However, they still rarely fail to score and goals could be on the cards. Spurs have had at least four goals in five of their last seven matches and the derby with Arsenal should really have seen more than the two that were scored. Both teams have scored in 10 of their last 12 home wins while Chelsea have scored in five of their last six defeats. That can be backed at 4/1 while Over 2.5 Goals has landed in 12 of Chelsea’s last 14 away matches when they’ve conceded and is an attractive price at 10/11.
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