By News Team
21st February 2020
London derbies are always standout fixtures but a tantalising clash between Chelsea and Tottenham is one of the most appealing of them all. There’s only a point that separates the two sides in the Premier League table and this encounter could prove extremely decisive come the end of the season in the battle for a spot in the top four.
Here are some of the best bets ahead of Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off.
Alli up for the fight
This fixture is more often than not filled with excitement, drama and is no stranger to a goal or two. Their last four league encounters have produced an average of three goals each and the 8/11 on offer for both teams to score is pretty indicative of that, despite the fact that Spurs will need to turn to alternative scorers for that to come in.
Just when the north London side appeared to be achieving some momentum, they were dealt another curveball. Already plagued by a flurry of injuries, Son Heung-min was then added to their list of wounded players. That said, there’s nothing like a London derby to motivate a squad.
Spurs have scored at least one goal in five of their last six visits to Stamford Bridge. Not to mention that Dele Alli has scored three in the last four league encounters between these sides. The England man was taken off last time out against RB Leipzig, much to his dismay, and will surely be firing on all cylinders here to make a statement. He’s 15/2 for first scorer and 5/2 to net at anytime during the match.
Chelsea to overcome their London rivals
Chelsea will undoubtedly be more than up for the challenge of extending their fragile one-point lead over their London rivals and keeping their spot in the top four. Aside from the undesirable notion of being leapfrogged by their opponents, the Blues will be further motivated by the fact that they could potentially end this matchweek in seventh place, should Manchester United and Sheffield United both win their respective games and they lose this one.
Spurs don’t exactly regard Stamford Bridge as a happy hunting ground, having recorded just one victory there in nearly 20 years. To compound things further, Spurs have just one win to their name from their past four away games in the league, making them the 15/4 outsiders here, with Chelsea the 8/11 favourites.
In the other dugout, Frank Lampard will be keen to get his side returning to winning ways. Their loss against United on Monday was Chelsea’s first defeat at home in this calendar year. He will also be all too aware that the Blues have let in four goals across their last two clashes at home, so both teams to score with a Chelsea result seems to be the way to go. You can back that outcome at a potentially lucrative 23/10.