Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Chelsea – Betting Review
Looking at the 1×2 market first. Tottenham won this game and proved the average punter wrong. This as they had drifted out hugely from the initial @2.50 mark earlier in the week, out to around 2.90 / 3.00.
Chelsea to be fair played better in the first half but for all their possession, were very toothless. Spurs merited the win, 1-0 would have been fairer than 2-0 though.
Moving onto the Asian handicap betting for this contest. From my initial preview Spurs drifted massively in the market and the Asian handicap became DNB. Tottenham were the underdog @ 2.07
Looking at The Under/Over goal line last of all. Under won @ 1.80
Tottenham dumped more misery on Chelsea and their under fire manager Graham Potter with a deserved victory at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium.
After a first half where Chelsea actually dominated most of the play, an inspired host came out firing and scored within seconds to take full control of the derby.
Kane got a goal on 82 minutes from a corner to make sure of the win.
In truth, the more committed and organised host already looked set to make the goal count, and didn’t really need Kane’s tally. This just underlines the disappointment surrounding the most expensive squad in the world, Chelsea was toothless when it mattered and extremely lack lustre in the second period. Fair score 1-0.
Chelsea failed to win for an eighth successive Premier League match, but the early signs were promising as they put spurs on the backfoot.
Chelsea had won just two of their last 15 games but looked the better of the two sides early on, with João Félix, in particular, looking lively.
The Portugal international, along with Raheem Sterling, provided the biggest tests for Fraser Forster in the Spurs goal, yet the goalkeeper stood firm when needed.
Tottenham, who were without Antonio Conte in the dugout for a fourth successive match, sat deep and played on breaks. Against the run of play Spurs almost took the lead here when Hojbjerg hit the post via a slight deflection.
Chelsea lost captain and key man Thiago Silva to injury after 20 minutes and this gave Tottenham a little impetus.
Hakim Ziyech looked set to be sent off in injury time of the half for pushing Emerson Royal in the face. However, referee Stuart Atwell changed his initial red card decision after being prompted by VAR to check what was pretty much a 22 man brawl.
It took less than 30 seconds for the home side to fire themselves ahead in the second half.
Emerson Royal had a disappointing shot on the end of a nice move, but a poor clearance was intercepted by a fully committed Oliver Skipp. The midfielder who is only playing due to injuries, blasted his shot into the top corner via Kepa’s fingertips.
Chelsea’s response was more disappointing than their sleepy start to the half. They had plenty of the ball but never generated clear chances, let alone scoring.
In the end, it was Tottenham that found the back of the net, as Harry Kane tapped home at the back post following Eric Dier’s flicked on header from a corner.
It was Tottenham’s 12 goal this season from a corner, more than any other club. With the 2-0 win, they are now four points clear of Newcastle United in fifth, although they have played two games more. Chelsea, meanwhile, remain 10th, and are closer to the bottom three than the top four.