Premier League champions Chelsea’s start to the 2017-18 got off to the worst possible start imaginable when they succumbed 2-3 to Burnley at home on Saturday. Much of this can be attributed to the early exit of Garl Cahill having been shown the red card for fouling mid-fielder Steven Defour and followed by Cesc Fabregas who saw a similar fate in the second half. The only saving grace was Chelsea’s £70 million man, Alvaro Morata, who almost on his own brought Chelsea to near-level terms in the match with a goal and a crucial assist to David Luiz, the other scorer for the Blues. A bruised Chelsea will now proceed to Wembley on Sunday to face an in-form Tottenham Hotspur.
With Fabregas and Cahill out of action, the focus will be on full defender David Luiz who will double up as a back and midfielder lending support to N’Golo Kante. This will put immense pressure on an already fragile Chelsea back line comprising of Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen and could make the Spurs attack led by Harry Kane & co. look even more ominous than usual. With Eden Hazard still plagued by injuries, it is hoped that the recuperating Pedro will be able to feature in the Wembley clash to give the Blues’ attack some credibility. What’s shaken Conte out of his boots is a rumour that the 24-year old Morata isn’t all that happy at Stamford Bridge. He just can’t afford anything to go wrong at this juncture, because the young Spaniard is his biggest goal-getting hope for the moment. Upfront, Morata will probably have Michy Batshuayi and the industrious and flat-footed Willian to give him company.
As for Tottenham, the loss of Kyle Walker at the back seemed to have become a distant memory with his replacement, the 20-year old Kyle Walker-Peters, coming up with an astonishing defensive performance against Newcastle. He along with Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld now form a formidable trio at the back and it would be interesting to see how they battle it out with the attack-minded Morata on Sunday. Mauricio Pochettino will probably go in with the same squad that played Newcastle in their 0-2 win. Harry Kane will be looking for his 100th goal for the Spurs and along with the likes of Del Alli and Ben Davies will be an immense threat to the Chelsea goal.
Tottenham have won and lost two games each from their previous 5 encounters with Chelsea. But for the Wembley game, bookmakers are wagering on a Tottenham win given their present form.
The Bet 365 odds for a Tottenham win are at 21/20 and for a Chelsea victory at 13/5. For a draw it is at 12/5. The most favourable “Correct Score” odds are at 17/2 are for a 2-1 Spurs win.
Recommended Tip: BTTS & Chelsea to WIN, Best Odds 6/1