Tottenham vs Chelsea - Match Preview
The big match of the weekend is undoubtedly Tottenham vs Chelsea. They were the top two last season, but there are plenty of talking points ahead of the game, including the game being played at Wembley and Conte’s unrest. Infogol’s Analyst previews the game, using unique stats and data points to select the best bets.
Tottenham got their season off to the best possible start thanks to a 2-0 win away at Newcastle, a tough place to go. They were underwhelming in the first half, and were slow to get going, but once Jonjo Shelvey had been dismissed for his needless stamp on Dele Alli, they clicked into gear and won the game comfortably.
Many people are pointing to the fact that Tottenham are playing their home matches at Wembley as a reason as to why they are unable to win the title. The level of effect which this switch of home stadium will have on the team is yet to be revealed, but in principle, if Spurs maintain the same process as last season, they will have one of the best home records again this time around.
Will Wembley be a problem for Spurs?
As has been publicised over the last few weeks, Tottenham’s leading marksman Harry Kane is yet to score in the month of August (10 games). The signs last weekend against Newcastle were promising though, as Kane found himself on the end of good chances, amassing 1.25 xG, more than half of Tottenham’s total. He will keep getting on the end of chances and therefore will surely get his August goal, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him net in this match.
Chelsea’s pre-season hasn’t gone to plan at all. Diego Costa is seemingly on strike on a beach in Brazil somewhere, and Conte has seen his squad thinned, losing youth player’s on-loan and key midfielder Nemanja Matic to rivals Manchester United. All is not well at Chelsea.
That was compounded with a 3-2 home defeat to Burnley on the opening day of the season. They were slightly unfortunate to have conceded three from the chances that they conceded, but they were left with an uphill task after Gary Cahill was sent off early. Cesc Fabregas followed him after the break, meaning that an already depleted Chelsea team now looks even weaker.
Conte unhappy with his squad
This is now a huge game for the defending champions, one that they can’t afford to lose, but it will be a struggle, without key players such as Hazard, Pedro, and Bakayoko injured, as well as the suspensions picked up. Their process last season was good, but with half of that team missing, it’s anyone’s guess as to how they will get on in this match, and the coming weeks.
Tottenham are in the stronger position coming into this game, and are fancied to add to Chelsea’s woes. This will be a tight game though, as Tottenham get used to their new surroundings, but Harry Kane is expected to get on the scoresheet.
Tottenham win @ 21/20
Under 2.5 @ 9/10
Harry Kane to score first @ 7/2