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Chelsea v Tottenham betting tips: Spurs have poor record at Bridge

| 23.01.2022

Chelsea v Tottenham betting tips and odds

Antonio Conte faces his former club for the third time this month with the stakes even higher after Tottenham’s stunning comeback win at Leicester during the week.

Two stoppage-time goals from Steven Bergwijn helped Spurs leapfrog arch rivals Arsenal into fifth place, eight points behind Chelsea but with four games in hand.

The Blues are rightly 7/10 favourites having won both legs of their Carabao Cup semi-final, but let’s look at some of the other markets and odds to help with our Chelsea v Tottenham betting tips.

Chelsea v Tottenham form

The European champions start Sunday’s match under a slight cloud having seen their title hopes go up in smoke in recent weeks.

Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at Brighton means they have won just one of their last seven Premier League games and are 12 points behind leaders Manchester City, who have played one game fewer.

Although they are 1/10 for a top-four finish they will be looking nervously over their shoulders should they lose to Spurs who are 13/8 favourites to claim the final Champions League spot ahead of Arsenal, Manchester United and West Ham.

Thomas Tuchel’s side beat Tottenham 3-0 on aggregate to reach the League Cup final and are 9/5 to win to nil for a fifth successive time, but the German cut a disconsolate figure after watching his lacklustre team outplayed at the Amex Stadium.

Asked to explain the recent poor league form, Tuchel replied: “I have answered this question a hundred times. If you look at our situation of long-term injuries, of key players injured, and of Covid and you look at our schedule you will have the answer.

“We are mentally tired and physically tired, you can see it in our performance, it’s as easy as that. We need to recharge the batteries, we need to reconnect.

“This is my feeling, that’s why I give the players two days off and then we will use Friday and Saturday to prepare for Sunday.”

In contrast, the mood at Tottenham is decidedly upbeat following their sensational comeback win at the King Power Stadium.

Second-half substitute Bergwijn struck in the fifth and seventh minutes of stoppage time to ensure Spurs stretched their unbeaten Premier League run to nine games under Conte, who was understandably thrilled by his team’s dramatic turnaround.

The Italian said: “Honestly, we didn’t deserve to lose the game and also we didn’t deserve to draw because we created many chances and in many circumstances we were unlucky.

“To arrive in added time losing 2-1 was honestly a great, great disappointment. At the end my players showed great resilience, great desire. Don’t give up. This must be our philosophy, don’t give up and fight until the end.”

Spurs have won their last two away games and are 21/5 to make it a hat-trick, a draw is available at 27/10 and the double chance market is 23/20.

Chelsea v Tottenham head to head

These sides are pretty familiar with each other as they contemplate a third encounter in 19 days.

Conte described Spurs as a mid-table side following the 2-0 defeat in the first leg at Stamford Bridge, but he may be having second thoughts after the drama of Tuesday.

Tottenham’s record at Stamford Bridge, though, is absolutely atrocious, having won just once in 38 visits in all competitions.

Their only win in that spell came almost four years ago when Spurs fought back from a goal down to win 3-1 thanks to a Christian Eriksen equaliser and Dele Alli double.

The west Londoners have won this fixture by under 3.5 goals in four of the last five meetings and a fifth is priced at 11/8 in our Chelsea v Tottenham betting tips.

They were up at half-time in three of those matches so Chelsea HT/Chelsea FT can be backed at 17/10.

Tottenham have not scored against Chelsea in the last five contests and are 27/20 to fail in front of goal once more.

Key Battles

Despite Chelsea winning both legs, Tuchel admitted his side were slightly fortunate in the second leg against Spurs who had two penalties overturned by VAR and Harry Kane had a goal ruled out for offside.

He said: “We lost a bit of control, focus, some important duels and were lucky that suddenly we didn’t concede. We had many ball losses, lost many challenges one-on-one. So big space to improve.”

Conte picked Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in both legs, while Oliver Skipp and Harry Winks got a game each over the two legs.

Interestingly, all three players started at Leicester in a 3-5-2 formation so it remains to be seen whether Conte goes with the same trio at Stamford Bridge, where Romelu Lukaku will come up against centre-back Davinson Sanchez.

Chelsea v Tottenham team news

Tuchel remains without key goalkeeper Edouard Mendy (Africa Cup of Nations) and left-back Reece James (hamstring), but Trevoh Chalobah is expected to be back in training soon.

The Blues played four at the back at Brighton where Thiago Silva and Antonio Rudiger were flanked by Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta in a 4-2-2-2 formation, but Tuchel may revert to a three-man defence on Sunday.

Tottenham are without Son Heung-min, but Eric Dier is back after a five-game absence and there is an injury concern surrounding Emerson Royal. Bergwijn could be in line for a starting role after his heroics during the week.

Goalscorer Odds

Lukaku did not score in either leg against Spurs but is the 4/1 favourite to break the deadlock or 13/8 in the anytime market in our Chelsea v Tottenham betting tips.

Mason Mount has not found the net since mid-December but is next in the betting at 9/2 and 7/4 in the two markets, while Timo Werner is 13/2 and 13/5.

Kai Havertz bagged the opener in the first leg and is 6/1 to repeat the trick or 12/5 to score, while Rudiger is 20/1 to net the opener as he did in north London or 15/2 to find the net any time.

Kane notched his fifth goal of the season at Leicester and is 5/1 and 21/10 in the two options, while Bergwijn is 11/2 to be on target once more. Lucas Moura has four goals in 10 appearances in all competitions so we go 9/1 on the Brazilian getting the ball rolling and 7/2 on him scoring.

Match Info

Where: Stamford Bridge

When: 16:30, Sunday 23rd January

How to watch: Sky Sports

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication

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Warren Barner