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Chelsea v Tottenham: Improving Blues to stifle stuttering Spurs

| 23.03.2012

Four wins from Chelsea’s past five games in all competitions has restored a sense of belief back to Stamford Bridge, and the Blues can take a big step towards Champions League qualification by beating Tottenham on Saturday at 10/11.

Chelsea’s only defeat under Roberto Di Matteo came away to title-chasing Manchester City, whilst Tottenham, 3/1 to take all three points on Saturday, have only beaten League One Stevenage in an FA Cup tie within their last six games.

It is 5/2 about the draw in this game, which was the scenario when the sides met earlier in the season at White Hart Lane, where a 1-1 draw was the final outcome.

You can back the same scoreline occurring here at 6/1, though a 2-1 home win, which was the result in last season’s Stamford Bridge encounter between these teams, could offer better value at 8/1, as Chelsea aim to extend a run of four consecutive home successes.

Tottenham have not won at Stamford Bridge since 1990, and considering they have only led at half-time on three occasions during that 22 year span, it could be worth getting behind Chelsea to lead at both half-time and full-time at 11/5 here.

A big 10/3 is the price attributed to Chelsea winning both halves, and with the Blues being ahead in half of their home matches by the break this term, many could be tempted to invest in that price.

Goals have been rather evenly distributed in Chelsea’s home matches this campaign also, and the fact that they have notched 14 times in the first half of games, and 17 in the second half, makes the 7/4 for Chelsea to score in both halves on Saturday look unmissable.

Punters looking to place a bet on the first scorer should consider Fernando Torres, who hit a brace on his last Stamford Bridge outing, and after an impressive showing at Eastlands in midweek, looks overpriced at 13/2 to grab the opener.



John Klee