Well, it’s one week into the new Premier League season and it’s already looking like the beginning of the end for Chelsea, at 0-0-1. All jokes aside, a 3-2 loss to Burnley that saw the Blue’s playing with 2 red card ejections and no Eden Hazard speaks to, if nothing else, hopefully, a closer matchup with 1-0-0 Tottenham Hotspur.
Tottenham – (11/10)
Chelsea – (11/4)
Draw – (13/5)
Goal Over/Under – 2.5
Over – (17/20)
Under – (19/20)
Both Teams to Score
Yes – (7/10)
No – (19/20)
Per usual, we work backward through Both Teams scoring. The odds favor both teams putting up at least one, and they should: These were last seasons highest scoring teams, with Chelsea scoring 85 and Tottenham scoring 86. Chelsea finished in first, 7 points ahead of the Spurs, even though Tottenham boasts a goal difference of +60, 8 more than the reigning champs.
Recent Real Madrid signee Alvaro Morata scored one of Chelsea’s 2 goals last week, but the team couldn’t make it more clear they are in dire need of Eden Hazard. Hazard was injured last week but is looking ready to jump back into action this weekend. Scoring 16 goals last season, only Diego Costa scored more than the Belgian, and he is publicly being pushed out of Chelsea. Statistically without these two, no other player scored more than 9 goals, so having Hazard with bring The Blue’s a little more in line with the offense of Tottenham.
On the other hand, there are some pretty strong boots on the Spurs club. Namely, Harry Kane. You may have heard of him, he scored the league-high in goals with 29 last season, more than 2 whole teams totaled. After one week Kane is still looking for his first of this year, but even without him, the team had two other double-digit goal scorers, Dele Alli (18) and Son Heung-Min (14). It is hard to imagine this team not scoring every single week.
Tottenham 3-2 Chelsea
1 week is too early to be calling this a slow start for Chelsea, but a match up with Tottenham is a good way to start slow. While these are two incredibly potent offenses and stout defenses going head to head, Harry Kane vs Eden Hazard is set to be explosive.
The odds are set for nice winnings on both teams, but your best options come taking over 2.5, both teams scoring, and ultimately Tottenham taking their second win.