Following another thrilling Saturday of EPL action, we’re back with some more winners to end off Gameweek 2. On Saturday, Arsenal took on Stoke in our featured match-up. It was a fairly cagey affair for much of the match, but unfortunately for us in this spot, the Gunners fell despite their dominance. A quick-strike goal derailed Arsenal, and they couldn’t regain their composure, especially after their goal to tie the match was unfathomably deemed offside by the touch judge. It was nowhere near offside, and the calls for a more expansive video review grow louder.
Luckily though we salvaged the Saturday and scored a nice victory earlier in the day with our bonus pick as Leicester City showed their flair and easily disposed of newly promoted Brighton & Hove Albion. The Foxes are for real this year, and will challenge for a top-6 spot.
For Sunday, we have another excellent clash to focus on in an all-London match-up between the Spurs of Tottenham and Chelsea. Chelsea won the league last season though it’s clear already that they’ve taken a legitimate step back. They are nowhere near the level they were at last season, and as a result many questions are already being asked of their manager Antonio Conte. Last week the Blues suffered a horribly embarrassing loss on home soil to lowly Burnley. The pressure is already on Chelsea to get a result but it won’t be easy with Tottenham on deck.
The Spurs looked formidable in Week 1 and they’re definitely gunning for another top-4 finish in 2017-2018. The squad is familiar with one another, displaying excellent chemistry and structure, and they’ve finally dipped into the transfer market in signing the talented centre back Davinson Sanchez from Ajax in the Dutch League. Sanchez will bolster an already stacked Spurs team.
It’s always exciting when two big all-London clubs square off in a famous Derby match, and this one should be no different. With the desperation surrounding Chelsea and the optimism within the Spurs camp, it is quite the contrast at the moment and should make for a ‘can’t miss’ matchup in the Premier League. Read on below the odds for analysis and an official prediction for Spurs/Blues.
Tottenham vs. Chelsea Betting Odds:
Over 2.5 (-115)
Under 2.5 (-105)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Tottenham vs. Chelsea Pick:
Expect a lot of fireworks in this match-up. With this much skill between the two sides it’s going to be an exciting game and don’t be surprised if there are some goals to be had in this one. While big things are expected of Tottenham this season, their normal home stadium of White Hart Lane is currently undergoing renovations. As a result, they’ve been forced out and they will be playing their home fixtures this season at the spacious Wembley Stadium. The Spurs enjoy one of the best home field advantages in all of sports, but many realize they’ll lose a lot of that edge and feel at the much bigger Wembley. It remains to be seen how they’ll fare, but the talented Spurs will surely be keen to dispose of a key rival to start their tenure there.
Tottenham finally made a splash in the transfer market in the past few days, bringing in a strapping defender in Davinson Sanchez. He likely won’t feature just yet for the Spurs, but if he is announced as in the lineup – he’ll add a real boost to the Spurs backline. Chelsea will also be without quite a bit of their top players – none more important than Belgian midfielder, Eden Hazard. Hazard offers a ton of speed and creativity attacking from the midfield, and without him I’d expect Chelsea’s link-play to be poor to their forwards on Sunday.
Look for Conte to continue with his 3-4-3 formation for the Blues, something that the team as currently constructed isn’t likely well-suited for. It should force David Luiz into a defensive midfield role – somewhere where the skill of the Spurs’ more talented players should and could expose this. Chelsea right now just seem in disarray with disheartened spirits and the team is in turmoil. It doesn’t help they are down nearly half their first squad, and I can’t see them being able to flip the switch against a formidable and familiar Spurs team looking to open a positive account at Wembley. Tottenham looked in fine form last week at Newcastle, and should be able to do enough to take down a Chelsea side they are certainly seeing at the right time.
PICK = Tottenham (+110)