Blimey! Who saw that coming in the opening weekend of the English Premier League?
A right ding-dong opening game, as our bet of Vardy to score and Leicester to lose, came in, paying $7.50.
Then Chelsea imploded and saw themselves 3-0 down, at home at half-time to Burnley. Liverpool was losing at Watford, only to go ahead then end up drawing, and new boys Huddersfield Town thumped Palace 3-0 in South London.
Meanwhile, up in Manchester, the Reds were already talking about winning the league, after beating sorry West Ham 4-0. We can’t keep up!
Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea
This game has the potential of being a cracker and finally letting Spurs stamp their authority over their West London rivals. Here we have the Champions versus last season’s runners-up in a first home game for Tottenham at Wembley.
We know Spurs struggle to play at Wembley as they have played ten games since the Wembley facelift and have won two, losing seven.
Last season they lost 4-2 to Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final and lost both European matches. Is there a Wembley hoodoo for Spurs? Chelsea fans will be hoping so.
These two sides have met 50 times in the EPL, with Chelsea having the wood on Spurs, winning 26 times and losing only 5. Last season, in this fixture Tottenham won 2-0 with a brace of goals from the head of Dele Alli.
Spurs will be without Danny Rose, Erik Lamela and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou, while Chelsea is missing Eden Hazard (ankle injury) and the suspended Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas. As for Conte, forget him as the circus show continues.
Stats Are There To Be Broken
If Spurs beat Chelsea, the Blues will become the first reigning champions to lose their first opening two matches of the following EPL season. Factor in Harry Kane never scoring in the month of August and you just know stats are there to be broken.
“It is tough to play against Chelsea, but we are excited after the result against Newcastle, so we are confident and now we must apply everything and try to win” – Pochettino
Kane has proved all his doubter wrong and is now one goal away from hitting the net 100 times for Spurs. Not bad for a player that has only played 132 times, with 34 of them as a sub. That’s a goal scored every 1.67 appearances or every 1.33 starts.
So, we’ll be having some cash on Kane to score and Spurs to win @ $3.20 with Ladbrokes
If Tottenham condemns Chelsea to a second defeat, it will instil the confidence that Wembley can be their home this season, and it will certainly show their intentions to the rest of the league. Particularly that city up in the north-west of England and a certain Portuguese dreamer.
Let’s also have a crack at a Spurs 2-0 victory @ $9.50 with Sportsbet