Tottenham vs. Chelsea Prediction: Can Chelsea Keep Spurs off the Scoresheet?
When: Sunday, September, 19 - 11:30 AM ET
Where: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London
Tottenham vs. Chelsea Preview
Every weekend, certain fixtures get the most global attention. The most anticipated matches of the week in the top European domestic leagues are Juventus vs. AC Milan in Serie A and Tottenham vs. Chelsea in Premier League. So what's the best betting angle for the London Derby?
Tottenham: Fade Material
Drama, injuries, and sub-par performances, yes, we are talking about Tottenham. It seems that the 1-0 win in the season opener against Man City was a mistake. A short win against Watford, destroyed by Crystal Palace, held to a 2-2 draw by Rennes in the Conference League.
It's true that they got red-carded before conceding 3 goals to Crystal Palace, but their performance in that match was shocking. Let's not forget that Crystal Palace was one of the teams tipped to be relegated before the start of the season. The Spurs looked very poor last weekend, committing many errors on and off the pitch. They exposed themselves by relying on the fullback to help the attack and bring balls from the wings. Just 1 shot on target during the entire match from a team that looked disjointed in the attack. This is only the second time since 2017 that Tottenham failed to record a shot on target in the first half of a top-flight league game.
Not just that, but they also lost Eric Dier early on through injury and Japhet Tanganga, who was sent off in the 58th minute, being booked twice in 5 minutes and will miss the clash against Chelsea.
After that, they suffered severely against Rennes in the Conference League. They conceded 2 goals from Rennes, a team struggling to score and win games in the French Ligue 1 (1 win in 5 games and 3 goals scored in the process).
After scoring 3 goals in 3 games for England during the international break, we expected Harry Kane to bring his A-game. But we are still waiting, no goals so far this season for the English superstar. Maybe against Chelsea? Almost impossible.
Chelsea: Strong and In Control
Chelsea looks better and better with every match. We talked about the trend when betting on their games, and we still think that the best approach is the under, in terms of goals and win to nil.
They are by far the most organized, strong, and balanced team in the Premier League. They have a rock-solid defense, conceding just 1 goal in 4 matches this season, with that one being from the penalty spot against Liverpool. They kept a clean sheet for an entire half playing with one man down against one of the best attacking sides in Europe (Liverpool), and they kicked off their UCL season with a 1-0 against Zenit.
They were in total control against Zenit without playing their best football, and this says it all. They looked like they were saving energy for the clash against Tottenham.
N'Golo Kante was not used against Zenit, but Chelsea is optimistic over his fitness, with many experts giving him as a starter on Sunday against Spurs. Of course, he's one of the key players for Chelsea, but even without him, the Blues should be able to add 3 more points to their tally.
Tottenham vs. Chelsea Prediction
Let's remember how Tottenham earned 9 points in their first three games of the season. 1-0 against City (a mistake in my book); 1-0 against Wolves with a penalty and tremendous scoring opportunities missed by Bruno Lage's new team; 1-0 against Watford with a goal from Heung-Min Son.
The last time they beat Chelsea in EPL was back in 2010, so their head-to-head record is poor. They have many injury issues, and although just a point separates them in the table, they are massive underdogs on their home ground, priced at +400 with Bet365.
Chelsea looks to be very well-rounded as a unit and very strong. Nothing is impossible, mainly in the Premier League, but scoring and beating Chelsea is tough. Straight Chelsea win, and we cash.