Saturday's early kick-off sees a Premier League fixture that is fascinating on many levels as Andre Villas-Boas goes head-to-head with his old club Chelsea when Spurs host the league leaders at White Hart Lane.
In the first couple of weeks of the season the appointment of Villas-Boas divided many Spurs fans as they failed to win any of their opening three matches which included home draws to West Brom and Norwich.
However, since then attitudes have completely changed and they have won four matches in a row including a memorable 3-2 win against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Spurs have a reasonable record at home to the Premier League elite and their recent results read won three, drawn five and lost two.
Roberto Di Matteo’s Chelsea have started the season in fine fettle and top the table, undefeated after seven matches including a notable 2-1 victory at the Emirates against rivals Arsenal.
Despite this good start to the season, Chelsea’s record away to teams of Spurs grading reads a fairly mediocre won one, drawn three, lost six. Also recent head-to-head encounters at White Hart Lane have seen Spurs claim two wins and three draws from five matches.
Given the above, Spurs look the value, and they can be backed "Draw No Bet" at 8/11 (1.73) with Sportingbet. In the event of the match finishing level, you'd get your stake back. However, I still the draw is worth serious consideration at 11/5 (3.20) with Sportingbet.
Other markets that offer interest include two or three goals in the total goals market. This has been the total in seven of Chelsea’s last 11 away games to teams of Spurs stature.
In the case of Spurs two or three goals has been seen in seven of their last 13 hosting clubs of the Chelsea’s grading. This bet is available at 19/20 (1.95) with Sportingbet and looks a reasonable option.
In the weekend’s other big derby match Sunderland take on bitter North East rivals Newcastle in what will be Martin O’Neill’s first local derby at the Stadium of Light as Sunderland manager.
I anticipate a tightly fought encounter and the draw should not be discounted at 11/5 (3.20) with Sportingbet.
|Tottenham - Chelsea - Draw at 11/5 (3.20) with Sportingbet
||Sunderland - Newcastle - Draw at 11/5 (3.20) with Sportingbet|
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