Scotland V England Saturday 24th February. 4:45PM. BBC One Scotland v England renew their rivalry…
Tottenham Hotspur V Chelsea
Sunday 27th November. 12PM. BT Sport 1
Sunday’s explosive schedule begins with the game of the weekend as Premier League champions Chelsea make the trip across London to White Hart Lane, where they will face a Tottenham side that have genuine aspirations of capitalising on the away side’s implosion by winning the league.
Both teams know that a win could get their aspirations back on track while simultaneously dealing a major blow to their rivals. If recent contests are any sort of a barometer, it should be an incredible fixture.
Bring it on!
Can Spurs Go Marching On?
Mauricio Pochettino’s men enter this derby on the back of a 12-game unbeaten streak in the league, and the Spurs will hope to go marching on this Sunday by avoiding unlucky number 13. Confidence will be particularly high after last weekend’s 4-1 hammering of West Ham, and the hosts will be eager to start well at White Hart Lane.
In particular, leading man Harry Kane will be looking to build on his recent run of form with yet more goals. The England man was on the scoresheet in Thursday’s Europa League win in Azerbaijan and he will be looking to capitalise on a somewhat vulnerable Chelsea backline.
Meanwhile, the whole Tottenham team will be in great spirits as they’ve not lost a league game since the opening weekend. The young and emerging talents of Ryan mason, Dele Alli and Eric Dier have complemented a side that already boast the creativity of Christian Eriksen and the solidarity of Hugo Lloris.
This team is growing in belief and will be very confident heading into this one. Can they win the Prem? To Dare Is To Do.
Blues Looking To Continue Road To Redemption
It has been an awful start to the campaign for Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea, but they have returned from the international break with back-to-back wins in the league and Champions League. They could make a real signal of intent by ending Tottenham’s run at the Lane, and that’s exactly what they will be hoping to do.
The Blues are still far from perfect, but they’ll be pleased to have Diego Costa back amongst the goals. Meanwhile, Willian is emerging as a real hero at the moment, especially from a dead ball situation.
Despite the wobbles, there are no doubts concerning Chelsea’s ability. This is a squad of immense talent and depth. With two days of extra rest under their belts, could they finally get their season back on track?
Whatever happens it should be another cracking derby. We wouldn’t want to miss it for the world.
Tottenham Hotspur V Chelsea Betting
There is a real sense that this fixture could go either way, which is underlined perfectly by the Bet365 odds. The bookmaker make Tottenham slight favourites at 7/5 while Chelsea shouldn’t be ruled out at 19/10. The draw can be backed at 5/2.
Both teams made a few changes in midweek, but you have to wonder if Chelsea’s extra preparations will give them the edge in this clash.
If Chelsea can capitalise, it could put the home side on edge. Meanwhile, the hosts will be eager to calm those nerves with an early goal. One way or the other, we think the drama will start early.[quote_center]Time of first goal before 29:00 at 5/6 with Bet365[/quote_center]
Last season’s corresponding fixture was an unforgettable 5-3 win for Spurs. While we doubt that same level of drama will repeat itself, there’s every reason to think that there will be goals.
Both teams can be vulnerable at the back while they each boast fantastic attacking players too. Those forward thinking players will be eager to strike it big in this headline fixture and we think they will get the better of their opposing defenders.[quote_center]Over 3.5 match goals @ 9/4 with Bet365[/quote_center]