Kick-off: 1230, 22/02/2020
Stadium: Stamford Bridge
TV: BT Sport
Chelsea and Tottenham have both had a difficult week and that could carry over into Saturday’s Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge.
Each team has been rocked by injury problems up front, so goals are expected to be at a premium in a high-pressure fixture with huge top-four implications.
We’re snapping up Evens for there to be under 2.5 goals in a tight tussle for our first Chelsea vs Tottenham prediction.
A Look At Chelsea’s Betting Odds
Chelsea did not enjoy the rub of the green regarding VAR decisions when going down 2-0 to Manchester United at this venue on Monday night.
Kurt Zouma and Olivier Giroud had goals chalked off and many observers felt Harry Maguire was fortunate to avoid a red card.
However, Frank Lampard may have been more concerned by Michy Batshuayi’s lack of composure in attack when stepping in for injured top scorer Tammy Abraham.
After suffering a ninth league loss of the campaign, Mateo Kovacic challenged Chelsea to “wake up” and take charge of their battle for Champions League qualification.
“We need to improve a lot because we have tough games ahead of us and we have to be focused,” said the midfielder.
“We have to try to avoid our mistakes, because we are making too many mistakes in these kind of matches and you get punished.
“This match means a lot for us, because Tottenham are close behind us. We are still fourth, so we are still in a good position, but we need to wake up, because they are coming from behind.”
Chelsea have been guilty of being a touch gung-ho at times this term, but this looks a good point to tighten things up.
Looking at the Chelsea vs Tottenham odds, we also like 19/20 for ‘no’ in the market on whether both teams will score.
That bet would have paid out in three of their last four head-to-head meetings!
Last Chelsea line-up: Caballero, Rudiger, Christensen, James, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic, Willian, Pedro, Batshuayi.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek is poised for his first appearance of the season following Achilles surgery in April.
N’Golo Kante will miss out due to a muscular injury that could sideline him for three weeks, while Abraham faces a late fitness test on his troublesome ankle.
A Look At Tottenham Hotspur’s Betting Odds
Tottenham boosted their top-four hopes with a hat-trick of Premier League wins over Norwich, Manchester City and Aston Villa, netting seven times in the process.
However, four of those goals were scored by Son Heung-min, who has now joined star striker Harry Kane on the injured list.
Without their two most potent scoring threats, Spurs were beaten 1-0 by RB Leipzig in Tuesday’s Champions League clash.
“We are speaking about a very difficult situation and if I could, I would move immediately to the first of July,” said Jose Mourinho.
“But we are the 19th of February, so we have to fight until the end.
“I feel really proud of the boys. I arrived here 12 points behind the fourth. We are one point behind the fourth and we are going to fight.”
Spurs did have their moments in midweek, with Steven Bergwijn and the impressive Giovani Lo Celso testing Peter Gulacsi before Lucas Moura headed over late on.
We think they are currently there for the taking, though, and 33/4 for the Blues to repeat December’s 2-0 win over Spurs is added to our Chelsea vs Tottenham betting tips.
Last Tottenham line-up: Lloris, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Aurier, Davies, Winks, Lo Celso, Alli, Moura, Fernandes, Bergwijn.
Moussa Sissoko (knee) is still four weeks away from fitness but Juan Foyth (groin) is in the final stages of rehabilitation.
CHELSEA 0-2 Man Utd
TOTTENHAM 0-1 RB Leipzig
Head-to-head: Tottenham 0-2 Chelsea, Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham, Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham, Tottenham 1-0 Chelsea, Tottenham 3-1 Chelsea
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