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Tottenham vs Chelsea Odds - Chelsea takes advantage of weak Tottenham defense

Posted by Todd Shale on 9/17/2009 10:31:38 AM
soccer bet oddsTottenham’s offense makes them an offshore sportsbook sleeper, but last week’s loss to Manchester United showed what can happen when they run into a good defense, while their own back four is riddled with injuries. Next, they head to Chelsea, who has enough offensive depth to make it a long day for Tottenham fans.

Tottenham vs Chelsea Odds: Chelsea -200; Tottenham +705; Draw +327

  • WHAT: English soccer odds
  • WHEN: Sunday, September 20, 11:00 AM ET
  • WHERE: Stamford Bridge, London
  • KEY STAT: Chelsea has won five and drawn three of their last 10 against Spurs
  • PICK: Chelsea

Tottenham vs Chelsea odds maker breakdown: The Storyline
These two North London rivals have met 122 times, with Chelsea winning 50 and Tottenham taking 42 matches. Both have gotten off to flying starts, although Tottenham fell at home to Manchester United last week. Chelsea is the only club in the Premiership with a 100% record so far, and they also defeated Porto in Champions League action in midweek.

Tottenham vs Chelsea odds maker breakdown: Offense
Jermain Defoe scored his fifth goal in Spurs’ 3-1 loss to United, which tied him with United’s Wayne Rooney for the league lead. Aaron Lennon has been a force on the right flank with his speed and passing, and Peter Crouch is a great option to have off the bench. If Robbie Keane could get going, Spurs would be almost unstoppable.

Didier Drogba scored his team-leading fourth goal in a 2-1 win over Stoke City, and the Ivory Coast striker, along with Nicolas Anelka, forms the best strike duo in the Premiership. The Blues also get midfield support from Michael Ballack and Frank Lampard. Offense is not a problem for Chelsea.

Betting Edge: Chelsea

Tottenham vs Chelsea odds maker breakdown: Defense
If not for injuries, Tottenham’s defense would be in much better shape as Jonathan Woodgate, Michael Dawson and Gareth Bale are all still out. The longer they go without these players, the worse it is for Spurs’ online betting odds. They won’t be able to go through the season trying to score 3-4 goals per game. Former Chelsea keeper Carlo Cudicini started against United, but will he be picked ahead of Gomes, who is back from a groin injury, to face his ex-club?

John Terry, Ashley Cole and Jose Bosingwa have started all five games at the back in front of Petr Cech, and Ricardo Carvalho can step in fine for the injured Alex. Chelsea is tied for second in the Premiership with three goals allowed, and the players’ familiarity with each is a big reason why.

Betting Edge: Chelsea

Tottenham vs Chelsea odds maker breakdown: Coaching
Harry Redknapp is very familiar with Chelsea, as he played and coached for another London club, West Ham, and he’s the uncle of current Blues star Lampard. He has to get his team up after a deflating home loss to a team with one less player, and games like this will show if Spurs can hang with the big boys of England. Meanwhile, Carlo Ancelotti has slotted in nicely as the new Chelsea manager, and their fans have genuine title ambitions.

Betting Edge: Chelsea

Tottenham vs Chelsea odds maker breakdown: Notable Injuries
Woodgate is doubtful for this match, while Bale and Dawson are very doubtful, and Luka Modric is definitely out with a broken leg. Alex and Deco are both very doubtful for this contest, but the Blues have enough depth to make it by.

Betting Edge: Chelsea

Tottenham vs Chelsea betting breakdown: Outlook and Pick
Chelsea has owned Tottenham since the Premiership started in 1992, winning 35 and drawing three of their last 50 meetings. Tottenham earned a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge last year, but this year, there are too many injuries at the back. Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Sebastien Bassong and Vedran Corluka have played a lot, but they’re not Tottenham’s first-choice defenders. Chelsea wins by at least two goals.

TODD’S PICK: Chelsea; OVER 2.5

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