Tottenham vs Chelsea: Lukaku gives Blues the edge

Tottenham vs Chelsea: Lukaku gives Blues the edge

Kick-off: 1630, 19/09/2021

Stadium: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

TV: Sky Sports

This weekend’s Premier League matches end with a London derby but we’re not expecting a classic between Tottenham and Chelsea.

Last season’s two league meetings produced just one goal and that has often been the case for Chelsea against strong opposition since Thomas Tuchel took over.

A cagey encounter is expected here and under 2.5 goals at 3/4 is our opening Tottenham vs Chelsea prediction.

A Look At Tottenham Hotspur’s Betting Odds

Tottenham started the season with three straight Premier League wins but little has gone right since then and they suffered more injury problems in the 2-2 Europa Conference League draw at Rennes on Thursday.

Spurs lost Steven Bergwijn and Lucas Moura to injury and with Son Heung-min already battling a calf issue, boss Nuno Espirito Santo is looking short of options for Sunday.

That is in addition to having Cristian Romero, Giovani Lo Celso and Davinson Sanchez out of action for the last two games as they quarantine in Croatia after they defied Premier League rules to travel to South America for international duty a fortnight ago.

Japhet Tanganga is also suspended after he was sent off just before the hour after picking up two yellow cards in the space of five minutes in last weekend’s 3-0 defeat at Crystal Palace.

Nuno said: “It’s been terrible. I must be honest. Let’s not hide behind anything. After the Watford game, everything that has happened has not been very good for us.”

Looking at the Tottenham vs Chelsea odds, we like 9/5 for the visitors to be leading at both half-time and full-time.

Last Spurs line-up: Gollini, Doherty, Rodon, Tanganga, Davies, Ndombele, Skipp, Kane, Gil, Bergwijn, Moura.

A Look At Chelsea’s Betting Odds

Chelsea remain unbeaten in the Premier League and got off to a winning start in the Champions League with a 1-0 victory against Zenit St Petersburg on Tuesday night.

Belgium hitman Romelu Lukaku bagged his third goal in two games and his fourth for Chelsea since his £98million switch from Inter Milan.

The 28-year-old converted captain Cesar Azpilicueta’s hanging far-post cross with a pinpoint header of stunning accuracy – and that after shrugging aside three touch-tight Zenit defenders.

Lukaku can be the hero again on Sunday but Chelsea may settle for another narrow win. In their six away trips to teams who finished in the top seven last season, under 2.5 goals paid out in them all and the Blues enjoyed 1-0 wins at Liverpool, West Ham and Tottenham.

For our final Tottenham vs Chelsea prediction, let’s back Lukaku to score the goal in a 1-0 win at 14/1.

Last Chelsea line-up: Mendy, Rudiger, Alonso, Christensen, James, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kovacic, Mount, Ziyech, Lukaku.

Additional stats

Last result:

Rennes 2-2 TOTTENHAM – Loic Bade (og), Pierre Hojbjerg

CHELSEA 1-0 Zenit St Petersburg – Romelu Lukaku

Head-to-head: Tottenham 0-1 Chelsea, Chelsea 0-0 Tottenham, Tottenham 1-1 Chelsea, Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham, Tottenham 0-2 Chelsea, Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

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