Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur Betting Preview – 22/04/17
Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur Betting Preview
In our Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur betting preview we look at the best possible bets between the two sides.
The top two in the Premier League will put the title race to one side this weekend as they face each other at Wembley in an FA Cup semi-final tie. Chelsea and Tottenham both still have realistic ambitions of completing the domestic double this season, and with this also being a London derby there is certainly added spice to this fixture. The two sides have already faced each other twice in the Premier League this season and there was nothing to chose between them. Chelsea won at Stamford Bridge whilst Spurs won at White Hart Lane and this match looks set to be an extremely closely fought affair.
Chelsea looking to reach first FA Cup final since 2012
Chelsea have been enjoying a magnificent season under Antonio Conte and the Italian manager will be eyeing up a domestic double in his first season in charge of the Blues. The West Londoners lead the way in the Premier League at the moment, with four points between themselves and Tottenham. However that was a 10 point lead at the beginning of April and their form has slightly dipped of late, with two defeats in their last three matches against Crystal Palace and Manchester United respectively. Their attention however will be switched to knocking their closest challengers out of the FA Cup this weekend and reaching their first FA Cup final since lifting the trophy in 2012. Chelsea are a hugely successful club in the FA Cup and won the trophy four times in six seasons between the 2006/07 and 2011/12 campaigns. They are certainly a side with big match experience, more so than their opponents with most of their squad having played in major finals or title winning sides in the past which should stand them in good stead.
The Blues success this season has been built on a new 3-5-2 formation, which has seen them once again become a difficult team to break down. They have excelled at soaking up pressure before punishing teams on the counter attack, with Eden Hazard being the key player in that system. Few players possess the ability to dribble past opponents with ease but thats what the Belgian does, carrying the ball up the pitch to ignite Chelsea attacks. He will be key to Chelsea’s chances here as they look to unlock the meanest defence in the Premier League.
Spurs are on fire
Maurico Pochettino’s men are in magnificent form at the moment and come into this match having won their last eight matches in all competitions. That has seen them significantly close the gap on Chelsea in the Premier League and they will hope that they can get their hands on some silverware this season. The FA Cup may be the more realistic chance for them to do that with Chelsea still needing to slip up a couple more times in the league for them to leapfrog them, whereas their FA Cup fate is all in Spurs’ own hands. If they are to progress however they will need to banish their Wembley demons. Spurs played at the national stadium for their three home Champions League group matches and Europa League knockout match and failed to win any which will concern their supporters.
The North London club have been one of, if not the most entertaining side to watch in the top flight this season. Pochettino has created a young, hungry squad which plays an exciting brand of attacking football. The likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and more recently Son-Heung Min have been creating and scoring goals at a rate of knots. Between those four players they have netted 55 goals, with Kane leading the way on 20. The England striker has recently recovered from injury and returned to the starting 11 for last weekends clash against Bournemouth, scoring a well taken goal to get back into the swing of things. Kane has now hit 20+ goals in his last three seasons which is something not many forwards have managed to do down the years, highlighting just how good he is. However in his absence it was Alli who stepped into the breach and he has been on fire of late, scoring six goals and providing four assists in his last eight appearances in all competitions. Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has this week drawn comparisons to his own game from how Alli plays, stating that Chelsea will need to sit one of their midfielders on him and stopping him playing to win which we agree with given his recent form. He was a thorn in Chelsea’s side in their last meeting, scoring twice in Spurs 2-0 win over the Blues in January.
Don’t have a betfair account? New customers can get Chelsea at 33/1 OR Spurs at 50/1 to win – BET HERE
Both teams to score (Best priced at 17/20 with Betfair) – BET HERE
Dele Alli to score anytime (Best priced at 11/4 with Betway) – BET HERE
Match to be drawn (Best priced at 12/5 with Sky Bet) – BET HERE
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