Tottenham vs Chelsea: Goals expected to light up London derby
Tottenham vs Chelsea Match Preview and Predictions
Tottenham return to action after the international break with a difficult three-match run to negotiate, starting with Saturday's home game against Chelsea.
[All odds correct at time of publication]
Inter Milan visit Wembley for a crucial Champions League encounter on Wednesday before the biggest game of them all takes place on Sunday when Spurs visit north London rivals Arsenal.
Chelsea are unbeaten after 12 games in the Premier League and a point clear of Tottenham in third place.
When is it? Saturday 24th November
What time is kick-off? 17:30
Where is it being played? Wembley Stadium
Which channel is it on? BT Sport 1
Who is the referee? Martin Atkinson
Tottenham vs Chelsea Betting Tips
Here are our predictions for Saturday's game for which we also have a range of other markets available:
Tottenham and Chelsea meet on Saturday evening with an interesting symmetrical record between the sides of late.
Both teams have matched the result of the other over the last four seasons whether that has been a home win (twice), away win (once) or draw (once), so that's a stat that might be worth revisiting when they meet at Stamford Bridge.
Last season, Marcos Alonso struck his second goal two minutes from time to give the Blues a 2-1 victory and Spurs' home record against top-six sides has not been great this time round, losing to both Liverpool and Manchester City by the odd goal.
That said, Spurs have won their last four games across all competitions and so the first of our Tottenham vs Chelsea predictions is a draw at Premier League betting odds of 5/2.
Spurs have not drawn a Premier League game this season, unlike Chelsea who have shared the spoils in two of their three matches against top-six sides and in a third of their games overall.
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First goalscorer tips
Dele Alli has an excellent record against Chelsea and with two goals to his name this season, we have no hesitation in snapping up the 12/1 on the midfielder in the first goalscorer odds.
Alli has five goals in his last four starts against the Blues and although he has been struggling with injury recently, he was not overstretched in his appearances for England last week when he played for a combined 80 minutes against Croatia and the United States.
Anytime goalscorer tips
Marcos Alonso has good memories of Spurs' first match at their temporary home as it was his two goals that secured a win at the start of last season.
The Spaniard also likes scoring in November, last season striking the third goal in the 4-0 win at West Brom a year after netting in a 5-0 victory against Everton on Bonfire Night. We're expecting more fireworks from the former Bolton wing-back and like the 11/2 in the anytime scorer odds.
Feature match previews for this weekend
If you're interested in tips on our feature matches for the weekend, check out our in-depth previews below:
Where the game will be won or lost
Chelsea are the second highest scorers in the Premier League with 27 goals, thanks mainly to Eden Hazard's exploits, and also have the third stingiest defence behind Manchester City and Liverpool, conceding just eight times.
Our analysis of the expected goals data showed they have been the second best team, behind City, for chances created and allowed.
But only Premier League leaders City (10) have won more games than Tottenham (9) this season, so we're expecting a decent spectacle on Saturday.
There have been at least three goals in five of their last six meetings but we'll swerve over 2.5 goals at 8/11, instead favouring Chelsea to score first at 1/1.
That's been the case in the last three meetings between the sides and in five of their last six Premier League matches.
The last prediction in our Tottenham vs Chelsea preview is for the match to finish as a 2-2 draw at Premier League betting odds of 12/1.
Goals have featured heavily between these teams recently and with Chelsea's three games against Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United finishing 3-2, 1-1 and 2-2 respectively, goals at both ends against another top-six side has to be considered.
Jan Vertonghen will return to contention for Tottenham having missed the last nine games with a hamstring injury. Davinson Sanchez (hamstring), Kieran Trippier (groin) and Mousa Dembele (ankle) remain out.
Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic is expected to shake off an ankle problem.
Traders' Tips - View from the trading floor
Tottenham have won nine of their 12 Premier League games and are really starting to pick up a head of steam heading into a crucial week. Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Eric Dier will be on a high after leading England to the Nations League Finals and their performances on the international stage can help Spurs keep the momentum going on the domestic front.
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