Chelsea (+800) vs. Tottenham (-250) (Draw +400)
With six wins, five losses, and two draws, Tottenham Hotspur have had a very average campaign in the English Premier League this season. They can change all of that tomorrow as they visit Stamford Bridge to face unbeaten Chelsea in the North London Derby at 14:45 Eastern Time.
Not only would a win over their crosstown rival buoy the Spurs’ spirits, but it would also move them (for the time being) just two points shy of the top-four in the table.
In the moneyline, the Blues are heavy favorites, listed at -250. Meanwhile, the draw will pay +400 and a Tottenham upset +800.
In the head-to-head history, Tottenham and Chelsea have met 132 times in the Premier League. Chelsea holds the edge with 55 wins to Tottenham’s 43 (plus 34 draws).
Spurs have been good away from home this season, losing just one of their last six away matches (3W, 2D, 1L). But Stamford Bridge is not your average stadium; the Blues have kept 11 clean sheets in their last 14 Premier League home games. And Tottenham has not won at Stamford Bridge since February 1990 (all competitions).
The unbeaten Blues have a comfortable lead atop the BPL table, sitting on 33 points (10W, 3D, 0L) with a +19 goal difference. Chelsea has been equally good in Champions League action as in the BPL, posting three wins and two draws through five matches against the best Europe has to offer. Though Chelsea is expected to take the derby, the players aren’t counting their chickens before they hatch.
“It’s an important week with two difficult games; first a derby against Tottenham in front of our own fans and then we go away to Newcastle, which will be enough. It’s an important month, and we will try to win as many games as we can,” said Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
The Spurs have won their last two BPL games (over Hull and Everton) and have moved up to 20 points (tied for seventh in the table). But they don’t have the roster to hang with Chelsea, especially away; expect Wednesday’s game to result in a loss for the visitors.
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