Just a point separates Tottenham and Chelsea as they prepare to clash in the Premier League London Derby this weekend. Maurizio Sarri’s start to life in the Premier League has been impressive so far with his team still unbeaten, however an inform Spurs are gunning for a third straight league win and could very well be the team to inflict that first defeat. Form Labs previews the much anticipated clash with their betting tips and if you are looking for some more value for the game then you have to check out our traders enhanced odds!
Sarri’s Impressive Start
Maurizio Sarri has set a new Premier League record after going unbeaten across his first 12 challenges, though despite that impressive streak, the Blues only hold a one-point lead over Spurs at this stage – even if their goal difference is almost double what Spurs have achieved. Pochettino’s men have been highly efficient against weaker outfits that they’re expected to beat, winning all nine matches versus teams currently eighth or below in the table, but they’ve lost all three against top-seven sides Watford, Liverpool and Man City. However, each of these defeats were by just the solitary strike and this should prove a tight contest.
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Chelsea Looking Good In Front Of Goal
While these two are both reasonably sound defensively, with only Liverpool and City conceding fewer goals to date, it’s Chelsea’s output in the final third that makes them stand out in comparison to Spurs. Whereas Pochettino’s men have netted three or more goals in just one of their last nine, Chelsea have managed that feat in half their games this season and regularly putting up big numbers should help them avoid dropping points against the lesser lights of the division. However, teams such as Palace, Burnley, Southampton, Cardiff and Huddersfield can be prone to collapses against the top teams, while Spurs have far more resilience about them.
Spurs have Closed The Gap
After winning their opening five league matches, the Blues have since drawn four of seven, with the exceptions against teams currently down in the bottom six. Spurs have used that opportunity to close the gap and their sole defeats across their last 12 fixtures in all competitions have come against Barcelona and Man City. With Chelsea unbeaten in 18 games since their Community Shield loss against the latter, this game has stalemate rubber-stamped all over it. Indeed, there’s little to split these two as they share an identical W3-D2-L3 record in the league against each other since Pochettino pitched up in North London ahead of the 2014/15 campaign.
What Markets To Look For
Spurs’ squad may well have slightly contrasting moods within their own camp following the international break, with their Belgian contingent stunned by Switzerland while their English stars will be floating on cloud nine. Harry Kane may have got the decisive strike for the Three Lions, but it’s Dele Alli we want to zone in on with regards to the goalscorer markets. He has an impressive five goals in his past four clashes with Chelsea across all competitions, while there should be room for him to manoeuvre in between the lines. Indeed, Chelsea have been entertaining under Sarri with N’Golo Kante pushed further forward to accommodate Jorginho into the starting XI, and the spaces left have occasionally been exploited. That’s been most notable in games against fellow ‘Big Six’ outfits Arsenal and Man Utd –the only teams to score more than once against them this term.
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