Author: Graham Tower
Published: 12:48 18/10/2012
Tottenham and Chelsea restart Premier League action at White Hart Lane on Saturday after another international break and the match is given extra spice with Andre Villas-Boas facing his former club for the first time.
The Portuguese manager had a disastrous time at Chelsea and was dismissed by Roman Abramovic after nine months in charge. Things didn’t look any for better AVB’s reputation when his assistant Roberto Di Matteo took over and led Chelsea to their first ever Champions League title.
This fixture always has a lot riding on it and is traditionally a tough result to call. Three of the past five Premier League meetings have finished a draw with a single goal separating the sides in the other two games when the home sides just pipped the points.
The match betting is very close and bookmakers have made Tottenham slight favourites with odds of 8/5 available with Paddy Power along with a few other online betting sites. BetVictor goes 9/5 for Chelsea to win and 12/5 the draw. Pinnacle and 32Red are betting 15/8 Chelsea but neither firm offers new customers a free bet.
Villas-Boas could have done without the World Cup break because his team were really starting to fire after a shaky start to start to the season. Tottenham come into the game against the Premier League pace-setters on the back of four straight league wins, including a famous victory at Old Trafford three weeks ago when Spurs won for the first time in 23 years. AVB will curry more favour with Tottenham fans if he can engineer revenge for the humiliating defeat the last time they met which was a 5-1 thumping in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley in April.
Roberto Di Matteo has begun a process of transformation at Chelsea this season introducing a Barcelona-esque passing game in place of more physical tactics under previous regimes. Barring a couple of disappointing results in Europe his changes have rarely been found wanting this season. Chelsea come into the game on a high, with five consecutive wins including the 2-1 defeat of Arsenal at the Emirates.
There’s no shortage of match winners on either side and looking at the first goal scorer market looks very interesting. Gareth Bale’s pace is an obvious threat to Chelsea and the Welsh winger is widely available at 9/1 to score first. Jermain Defoe is due a goal and is 13/2 with Ladbrokes.
In the Chelsea ranks Fernando Torres is back among the goals and 7/1 with Stan James. Juan Mata’s controversial goal in the FA Cup semi-final was pivotal and the Spanish attacking midfielder is 25/2 with bwin to open the scoring on Saturday.
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