By Anis Bazza
23rd January 2019
Tottenham showed great defensive resolve for long periods to come away from Wembley with a 1-0 win in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final and, with injuries to key attacking talent in the interim, more of the same seems on the cards as Chelsea seek to go about overturning the deficit.
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Odds and Predictions
Despite being without Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Moussa Sissoko and potentially Lucas Moura through injury, as well Son Heung-min (international duty), the Lilywhites are priced up as 8/11 favourites to qualify for the final, with their hosts EVS outsiders.
However, Mauricio Pochettino’s men are as long as 9/2 in the 90 minutes betting, with the Blues 6/10 and the draw priced up at 29/10 – evidently the William Hill traders are expecting an extremely close affair.
Our Chelsea vs Tottenham predictions will be swerving calling either market in favour of another potentially profitable approach to this encounter.
Chelsea vs Tottenham head-to-head (most recent first): Tottenham 1-0 Chelsea, Tottenham 3-1 Chelsea, Chelsea 1-3 Tottenham, Tottenham 1-2 Chelsea, Chelsea 4-2 Tottenham, Tottenham 2-0 Chelsea.
Tottenham vs Chelsea predictions: correct score, best bet, scorer tips
Best bet: Under 2.5 goals @ 19/20
The outsider at the 2.5 goals bar, unders is the most trusted of our Chelsea vs Tottenham predictions at Stamford Bridge. It’s rewarded backers in seven of the hosts’ last nine matches there.
At home, Maurizio Sarri has his side defending in the manner that even a full-strength Spurs attack may have struggled to breach, shipping just two goals across the aforementioned sequence.
Despite winning five of their last seven in west London, the Blues have been efficient rather than running riot and haven’t notched more than twice in a game across that sequence.
Correct score prediction: Chelsea 0-0 Tottenham @ 11/1
This tie, or at least the 90 minutes of it already guaranteed, seems likely to be decided by a single goal, if at all, and with the 1-0 home win trading at just 11/2, the double bagel looks tastier at twice the odds.
Our Chelsea vs Tottenham correct score prediction would be a first for the Lilywhites since September 2017, as well as being the first time they’ve failed to net on the road this term.
The strength of Chelsea’s home defence has already been attested to, but Everton, Southampton and Leicester have managed to stop them scoring at Stamford Bridge since November.
Meanwhile, Spurs have kept four clean sheets in their last seven on their travels.
Goalscorer predictions: No scorers @ 17/2
Given our correct score preference, it’s hard to go against that wily marksman ‘No scorers’ as our preferred prediction in this section, as the greedy so-and-so claims own goals and those scored by keepers for his own.
If Chelsea are to eke out the 1-0 that takes this tie to extra time, then first-scorer wincasts look the way to go and Eden Hazard is an obvious pick at 9/2 on the back of reaching 10 goals and assists in a league campaign for the first time since his Lille days.
However, a dark horse for the match-winner honours (if the 90-minute match is to be won) could be N’Golo Kante, who may have to drop the N’ if he notches for a fourth time this season.
The Frenchman is 16/1 to notch first in a Blues win.
Chelsea vs Tottenham predictions: stats powered by Opta
- The Blues have lost just once in 18 home games this term.
- Spurs have won the last two away matches in which they’ve conceded first.
- Tottenham have avoided defeat in the last 13 games Kane failed to start.
Anis grew up supporting Manchester City but found joy and solace across Europe’s major football leagues. Increasingly passionate about NBA, he is interested in and has written extensively about different aspects of sport across the years, previously working at Sky Sports News and Sport360 newspaper in Dubai. He studied Journalism at University but spent a large portion of his academic years building City Watch instead - the largest independent Manchester City Twitter account and website.