If the English Premier League season ended today, Tottenham would qualify for the UEFA Champions League, while Chelsea wouldn’t even qualify for the UEFA Conference League. That would be very embarrassing for a team that recently spent hundreds of millions on reinforcements. In other words, Chelsea is bound to win this edition of the Battle for London, but the Spurs are the ones in control of the Premier League lines.
Tottenham: Rebuilding Fortress
A month ago, Tottenham lost 2-0 to Arsenal and Aston Villa at home. You can’t expect to fight for the title in any league if you don’t win at home. Therefore, head coach Antonio Conte made some changes, and the Spurs recently defeated Manchester City 1-0 and West Ham United 2-0 on Sunday.
Harry Kane scored the winning goal against the Citizens, while Emerson Royal and Son Heung-min scored against the Hammers. Kane is the main reason to consider including the Spurs in your Premier League picks. He has scored 17 goals. Only Erling Haaland from Manchester City has scored more with 26.
Tottenham currently sits in fourth place, the last one to grant a ticket for the UEFA Champions League, with 42 points. However, losing to Chelsea could make it fall to fifth. That’s a lot of pressure, but we’re talking about the third top-scoring team in the league. Plus, centre-back Cristian Romero will return after missing the last game due to suspension. That’s huge since no other top 10 has allowed more goals than Tottenham.
Finally, win or lose, the Spurs scored in eight of their last 10 games at home, meaning you can always expect a good fight from them.
Chelsea is far from meeting expectations. The Blues currently sit in 10th place with 31 points. Not having won any of their last four games, five if we include last week’s UCL match against Borussia Dortmund, has a lot to do with that.
On Saturday, Chelsea lost 1-0 to Southampton at Stamford Bridge. The Blues won possession with 62% and finished with 17 shots in total, nine more than Southampton. James Ward-Prowse scored right before halftime, leaving Chelsea the entire second half to turn things around, but the Blues weren’t effective in front of goal.
The good news for Chelsea is that the talent is there. Trevoh Chalobah, Mijailo Mudryk, Raheem Sterling, Kai Havertz, Wesley Fofana and Denis Zakaria didn’t start against Southampton. More good Premier league news: the coaching staff has no major injury concerns for Sunday’s match.
Chelsea is 3-4-5 when playing on the road. Nevertheless, we’re talking about a powerhouse that won the UCL two seasons ago. Chelsea is offering a +200 price to win straight up at the sportsbook.
Tottenham vs Chelsea Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 174
- Tottenham Victories: 54 (241 goals)
- Chelsea Victories: 77 (271 goals)
- Draws: 43
The first meeting between these two met all expectations after ending 2-2. Chelsea was up twice, but Harry Kane scored the last goal in stoppage time. That result was one of the main reasons for Chelsea to fire head coach Thomas Tuchel.
Chelsea won 3-0 the last time these two collided at Tottenham Stadium. In fact, regarding the EPL, Chelsea has eight straight matches without losing against the Spurs. Based on recent results, it seems like now or never for Tottenham to put an end to that streak.
Tottenham vs Chelsea Match Information
- Date: Sunday, Feb. 26th
- Time: 8:30 a.m. ET
- Location: Tottenham Stadium, London
- Tottenham vs Chelsea Live Stream: fubo.tv
Tottenham vs Chelsea Betting Lines
Tottenham vs Chelsea Picks and Prediction
Tottenham also lost its UCL match last week, meaning both teams must turn things around in the second leg, and both will be playing that game at home. This means both coaches will have to make changes for this match to prevent all superstars from going down with an injury before such important contests.
Don’t get me wrong, I still expect this to be a good game, but it would be a lot different if both were still in the title race. So go ahead and include the draw in your betting online ticket.
The Tottenham are listed at +140 in our Vegas Premier League lines. This means that if you wager $100 on Tottenham, you have a chance to win $140. The Chelsea is +200, offering a chance to win $200 on a $100 wager. The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Tottenham a 41.67% chance to win, with Chelsea a 33.33%.