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Nov 22, 2016
Nov 22, 2016

EPL game of the week: Chelsea vs. Tottenham

EPL game of the week: Chelsea vs. Tottenham
The Blues are hosting London rivals Tottenham in the highlight match of week 13 in the Premier League. In their last meeting in May, Chelsea ended Tottenham’s title hopes after a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge. Will Spurs take revenge on Saturday? Read on to find out.

Chelsea’s superb run of form shows no sign of ending after another confident, albeit narrow, victory against Middlesbrough last weekend. Tottenham Hotspur are finally back on the upswing after Harry Kane’s late brace handed them victory over West Ham, but their recent goalscoring problems should see them falter against the league’s most impressive defence. Chelsea to win at 1.769* looks like a valuable betting opportunity.

Harry Kane’s brace took his record in London derbies to 17 goals in 16 games, making him an extremely dangerous figure this weekend.

Antonio Conte’s team have been superb since switching to a 3-4-2-1 formation, winning seven consecutive league games without conceding a single goal. Spurs, on the other hand, only just ended a run of three goals scored in their last six league games with their 3-2 win against West Ham on Saturday.

Tottenham’s attacking patterns have begun to look stodgy and predictable, and it is for this reason that Chelsea can be confident of keeping another clean sheet at Stamford Bridge.

However, Harry Kane’s brace took his record in London derbies to 17 goals in 16 games, making him an extremely dangerous figure this weekend. Given that Tottenham have only won one of their last 14 matches against Chelsea, Kane might have a more difficult time than usual.

Spurs will probably revert to the 3-4-2-1 that successfully stifled Arsenal at the Emirates before the international break, not least because this will see them match Chelsea’s formation.

Christian Eriksen found plenty of space in this system, and so David Luiz – who has been exceptional so far in 2016/17 – will need to step out of the back three to close him down. 

At the other end, Danny Rose’s suspension and Ben Davies’ injury gives Spurs a huge problem at left-back, which should hand Pedro the advantage on that side of the pitch.

Diego Costa is also in excellent form, which is a big worry for a Spurs team without Toby Alderweireld. It isn’t shaping up to be a good day for Mauricio Pochettino.

Spurs to win is available at 5.11* with the draw priced at 3.86*.

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