Chelsea vs TottenhamEnglish Premier League, KO: 12:30 Feb 22, 2020, Stamford Bridge
CHELSEA and Tottenham will go toe-to-toe on Saturday lunchtime in what could be a key fixture in the race for a top-four finish in the Premier League.
Frank Lampard's side looked well on course to take fourth spot, however, the Blues shaky form at Stamford Bridge has presented Chelsea's top-four rivals with a fighting chance in the chase for Champions League qualification.
Monday nights 2-0 reverse at home to Manchester United means that capital club have now failed to win any of their last four top-flight tussles.
The Blues have fallen to defeat in three of their last five league games in their own backyard and Jose Mourinho would take great pleasure in heaping further misery on his former employers on Saturday afternoon.
The self proclaimed “Special One” will lead his side to west London off the back of three consecutive Premier League victories and another success this weekend would fire Tottenham into the top-four at Chelsea's expense.
The Lilywhites were languishing in 14th place in the Premier League table prior to the Portuguese's appointment, however, recent results have seen a sense of optimism return to north London.
The Betting Odds
Chelsea go into this contest as big favourites at 3/4 with Boylesports, however, those odds look short to me given that the Blues have won just five of their 13 Premier League home games this term.
None of the last 10 showdowns between these old foes has ended in a draw and a rare share of the spoils on Saturday afternoon is an unfancied 3/1 with UniBet.
Tottenham have triumphed in only one of their last 33 visits to this venue and Mourinho's men are a towering 4/1 with BetVictor to overcome their woeful Stamford Bridge record.
The Betting Angles
I successfully tipped each team to collect two or more cards at Stamford Bridge on Monday night and I'm going to take a similar approach in this London derby by backing both teams to pick up 20 or more booking points at 11/10 (Betfred)
Indeed, referee Michael Oliver can be one of the more lenient referees in the Premier League, however, recent fixtures between these two have been fiery and given what's at stake here, coupled with Mourinho being back at the Bridge, value could lie in backing both teams to rack up 20 or more booking points.
What's more, both sides currently occupy a place in the top-seven in the yellow card table and the aforementioned bet cruised home in the controversial clash between these two teams at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium just before Christmas.
I also struck gold in Tottenhm's last league outing by going for goals and although I wouldn't bank on a Stamford Bridge goalfest, I do like the look of backing both teams to score at 4/5 with Boylesports.
Granted, Chelsea failed to get on the scoresheet last time out, however, they will be hosting a tired Tottenham Hotspur team who have registered just one clean sheet in their last 24 Premier League road trips.
However, Lampard's leaky defence have only managed two shutouts in their last 14 league matches and although Tottenham's two top-goalscorers will be absent, Spurs have what it takes to breach a brittle Blues backline.
With that in mind, I'm also attracted to the 5/6 (Bet 365) on offer for Spurs to make the net bulge before the 70th minute at Stamford Bridge – a bet that would have generated profit for five of the last seven visiting sides to this venue.
This English Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham will be played on Feb 22, 2020 and kick off at 12:30