Mou to conquer AVB at 'Three Point Lane' - Bettng Preview
Tottenham Hotspur have started this Premier League season better than some may have expected, but as they share the top with local rivals Arsenal, it isn't hard to see why. A raft of summer signings has catapulted them for a scrap for top four to potential title contenders.
Yet, the visit of Chelsea brings with it a familiar foe for Andre Villas-Boas. Of course, we all know the connection the two Portuguese coaches share, but after AVB admitted that he and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho are no longer friends, there should be added spice to the touchline drama the pair are bound to display.
On the pitch, Tottenham's new additions have looked in good form recently, with the opposite ringing true for the Blues. Samuel Eto'o has yet to find his shooting boots, whilst the loss of young midfield Marcus van Ginkel may prove key in Chelsea title challenge and with a seeming flow of negativity around Stamford Bridge, this fixture could kick-start a Chelsea 'revival.'
They have an excellent record against Spurs in the Premier League, and Chelsea (19/10) aren't afraid to play expansive football at 'Three Point Lane,' as proven by their masterful 4-2 victory last September. Yet, it is Tottenham (17/10, draw 21/10) that have looked more attractive on the ball this season, aided no end by Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela.
The new boys are 7/2 and 4/1 respectively to score anytime, whilst Spanish striker Roberto Soldado, who is yet to score from open play this season, is 7/1 favourite to net the first goal of the game. The former Valencia man has still grabbed four this season, and is 5/1 to score anytime in a Spurs win.
The star of the show the last time these two met at White Hart Lane was Juan Mata, but the Spanish playmaker is out of favour currently, and, despite a lack of production up front, hasn't looked in line to get back into the squad. Instead, it may rest on Chelsea's record goalscorer, and midfield general Frank Lampard to take it to Spurs as he has done so many times before.
With 16 goals in their past three competitive games, Spurs and Chelsea often serve a thrilling encounter, and we have enhanced out price on Over 4.5 goals to 7/1.
- Spurs have won only three of their 42 Barclays Premier League games against Chelsea.
- Chelsea have not failed to score in three successive Premier League away games since April 2002.
- The last three competitive meetings between Tottenham and Chelsea have produced a total of 16 goals in total (an average of 5.3 per game).
- Tottenham have conceded more Barclays Premier League home goals to Chelsea (38) than any other team.
- Chelsea have only conceded 22 goals in 21 Premier League outings at White Hart Lane.
- Five of Tottenham's last six Barclays Premier League games have ended 1-0 (W4 L1).
- No team in Europe's top five leagues has conceded fewer goals than Spurs this season (1).
- Spurs have fashioned more goal attempts from open play (60) than any other team this season but have scored only three of them.
- None of Chelsea's strikers have scored a Barclays Premier League goal yet this season.
- If this game is a draw then Chelsea will have made the same start as they did in 2007-08 when Jose Mourinho departed after six Premier League matches.
- Chelsea haven't scored more than two goals in any of their last 11 Premier League games.
Match Betting: Tottenham 17/10; Draw 21/10; Chelsea 19/10
Headline Offers: Roberto Soldado to score and Tottenham to win 5/1; Frank Lampard to score and Chelsea to win 7/1
OPTA Offer: 5 or more goals in the match 7/1
Top Tip: BTTS 4/5; Chelsea DNB EVS
Worth a Look: Chelsea to come from behind and win or draw 9/2