Having failed to capitalise on Chelsea’s dropped points at Southampton last time out, when Jose Mourinho’s men came from behind but could only draw 1-1, Manchester City and Manchester United will be happy to see the Premier League leaders travel to Tottenham on New Year’s Day.
The north-west giants, who have taken the last four top-flight titles between them, are 5/2 and 16/1 to keep the trophy away from southern clutches this term, but both would be much shorter had they turned their recent draws against Burnley and Spurs into wins.
Both Manuel Pellegrini and Louis van Gaal will be crossing their fingers in hope that the Lilywhites extend Chelsea’s unwinning run to two successive games.
Luckily for them, there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that Mauricio Pochettino can coax a win or draw out of his charges at decent double-chance odds of evens.
First and foremost, Spurs are unbeaten at home since the second week in November, and have only tasted defeat in one of their last eight all-competition matches at White Hart Lane, winning five of those fixtures.
The 0-0 draw with Van Gaal’s men snapped a four-match winning streak, and five games without defeat is Spurs’ best run since the highly-regarded Argentine took over during the summer.
Chelsea’s away form has been much less impressive than their home prowess this term, with all bar one of Mourinho’s side’s seven non-wins since mid-August coming on the road, including last time out at Southampton.
However, what really makes this bet worth being on is the fact that Spurs have only lost one of their last eight Premier League home games against Chelsea.
Furthermore, these teams have drawn three of their past four clashes in the top-flight at White Hart Lane, with the most recent spoil-sharer coming a mere 15 months ago.
Incidentally, all three of those draws finished 1-1. That correct scoreline is available at 23/4 this time round.