A trendy pick to burst into the top-two and perhaps even challenge for the Premier League title, Tottenham Hotspur were off and running with a 4-1 victory over Southampton in Week 1. The victory vaulted Spurs to the top of the table and just added more fuel to the hype that followed them into the season.
And as impressive as Spurs looked in their 4-1 drubbing of Saints in their curtain-raiser, Southampton were the perfect opponent for Tottenham to open the season against. A frenetic pressing team, Southampton’s high-risk, high-reward personality plays right into Tottenham’s clinical counter-attacking style.
New customers only. Must be 21+. AZ, CO, IA, IL, IN, LA, MI, NJ, NY, PA, TN, VA, WV, WY only. (Welcome Offer not available in NY & PA) Full T&C apply.
New users only, 21 or older. NY, CO, DC, IA, IN, IL, MI, NV, NJ, PA, TN, VA, WV only. Full T&Cs apply.
21+. New customers only. AZ, CT, IA, IL, LA, MI, NJ, NY, PA, TN, WV, WY only. T&C apply
Tottenham will take on a very different beast on Sunday as they travel to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea, who are coming off a dreary, 1-0, win over Everton last weekend.
Even though Spurs and Chelsea came into the season with virtually the same outlook in terms of their pre-season betting odds, the sentiment around the two teams was vastly different. While Tottenham was viewed as an exciting team that was trending up thanks to an impressive second half of last season and a savvy transfer window, Chelsea seemed a bit stale thanks to a pedestrian stretch-run in 2021-22.
There is no doubt that Tottenham has significantly closed the gap between themselves and the teams that had finished above them in the table last year, but whether or not they’re a stronger team right now than Chelsea remains to be seen.
And even if Spurs are a better bet to finish ahead of the Blues over the course of a 38-match season, that is a different question entirely from whether or not they’re a good bet in a match against Chelsea.
When they’re at their best, Antonio Conte’s Tottenham are a shrewd defensive team that patiently waits for an opportunity to spring a counter-attack. Against teams like Southampton, Arsenal or even Liverpool, Spurs will likely have plenty of opportunities to punish their opponent. If you give Tottenham, a team that is flush with creative attacking players and clinical finishers, a handful of chances, they’ll find a way to bury them.
Betting on Sports?
But against a more stoic, patient side like Chelsea, it’s much more of a chess match and that kind of slow-moving, lumbering game suits the Blues much more than Spurs. Tottenham can still have success against Chelsea and there are legitimate questions about Thomas Tuchel’s midfield and attack, but it does seem like this could be a good time to pump the brakes on the Spurs hype.
The last time these two teams met in a Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea won as a -140 favorite. Even though Spurs have certainly improved since that encounter in January, a 90-cent adjustment seems like a bit of an over-correction.
Chelsea vs. Tottenham pick
Chelsea +130 — FanDuel