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Spurs looking to stifle top of the Premier League Chelsea

| 01.01.2015

Following his side’s stalemate with Manchester United at White Hart Lane, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino could make changes for the visit of Chelsea on New Years Day.

The home side are overwhelming outsiders at 4/1 with Coral to get past the Blues, who sit top of the Premier League by three points.

Danny Rose, Erik Lamela, Aaron Lennon and Kyle Walker are likely to be brought into the first team, while Jose Mourinho may also make changes to his side following the draw with Southampton. Filipe Luis, John Obi Mikel and Andre Schurrle look certain to be switched with Cesar Azpilicueta, Oscar and Willian.

Last season the same fixture finished in 1-1 draw, with John Terry and Gyfli Sigurdsson both scoring. The Chelsea captain has been in a rich vein of form recently and is 7/1 to net anytime.

On Boxing Day, Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen were the difference for Spurs who beat Leicester 2-1, and are 13/2 and 8/1 respectively to break the deadlock. The home side’s defence is considerably improved having conceded just four in seven Premier League games, since the 3-0 defeat to Chelsea at the beginning of December.

After an impressive performance at Stamford Bridge in the 2-0 win over West Ham United, Chelsea only managed one shot on target against Southampton, with Eden Hazard notching. The Belgian is 6/4 to hit the back of the net anytime.

For Diego Costa to score anytime and Chelsea to win, you can get odds of 9/4; good value with the striker at evens in the anytime market, and the Blues odds-on at 3/4 in the matchday market.

The Brazilian-born Spain centre forward dispatched against the Hammers and will be looking to take advantage of the fact that Premier League top scorer Sergio Aguero is injured. Manchester City’s Argentine is one goal ahead on 14 strikes.

Roberto Soldado came off the bench against the Foxes and looked generally full of his usual industry. He is 11/4 to find the net anytime, while Lamela who featured briefly against Man Utd, is 5/1 to net anytime.

Cesc Fabregas pulled the strings against Sam Allardyce’s side, and Spurs can’t afford him too much freedom, otherwise he will repeat this at White Hart Lane. He is 10/3 to notch in the anytime market.



Matt Haynes

A long-suffering Leeds fan, Matt studied Sports Journalism at university, and has a plethora of multi-industry experience. Having worked on behalf of multiple hedge funds and top-tier investment banks in executive search, he has also had a stint with the BBC and the Press Association. Outside of work, he pursues entrepreneurial activities and likes to keep fit.
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