A draw away at Southampton is a fair result for anyone this season but, having recorded that result on Sunday, Chelsea would have expected to be coming into today’s game with their lead in the Premier League reduced to just one-point.
Man City’s failure to hold-on to a two-goal lead against Burnley though means Chelsea maintain their three-point advantage at the top, however it could be a different story by the end of today though as Chelsea face another potentially difficult away game at White Hart Lane.
Read our predictions for Spurs vs Chelsea and the best of the rest of the New Year’s Day action below:
Spurs vs Chelsea
Spurs have had an indifferent time of it at home this season, but are unbeaten in their last four Premier League games at White Hart lane after beating Burnley and Everton (both 2-1) and drawing against Man United and Crystal Palace (both 0-0).
Chelsea’s current away form is not as impressive as it was earlier in the season, and they’ve won just one of their last four games on their travels, a 2-0 win at Stoke, whilst they’ve suffered defeat at Newcastle and drawn against Sunderland and Southampton, scoring just four goals in the process.
Chelsea beat Spurs comfortably 3-0 at Stamford Bridge four weeks ago, without Diego Costa, and remain unbeaten at White hart Lane in their last four Premier League visits; though three of those clashes ended in draws.
However, with Spurs having drawn 50% of their last four home games, Chelsea having drawn 50% of their last four away games, and 75% of the last four corresponding fixtures having ended in draws – the draw definitely looks the value at a best-priced 29/10.
For those looking for slightly bigger odds, Loic Remy has scored two goals in three Premier League games against Spurs and is 5/2 to score at anytime.
1 point Draw @ 29/10 Boylesports
1 point Loic Remy to score at anytime @ 5/2 Betfair
Stoke vs Man Utd
Stoke have had an up-and-down season at home, but have turned the corner recently by beating Arsenal and West Brom; wins which sandwiched a defeat by Chelsea. They’ve also picked up four points from their last two away games.
Man United’s run of form sees them unbeaten in nine games (7 wins and 2 draws), though those two draws have been their last two away games.
United have also won four out of six of the corresponding Premier League fixtures, though Stoke did win last year’s renewal 2-1, whilst United beat Stoke at 2-1 at Old Trafford earlier this season.
The slight odds-against for a United win was tempting, but the 10/11 for both teams to score is just preferred.
2 points both teams to score @ 10/11 Betfred or Hills
West Ham vs West Brom
West ham have won 6 and drawn 1 of their last eight home games, failing to score on just one occasion, and successive defeats against Chelsea and Arsenal shouldn’t cast too big a shadow on their season so far. They’ve also kept three clean sheets in those aforementioned home games.
West Brom’s Premier league away record this season reads 1 win, 3 draws and 5 defeats, whilst they have failed to score in five of their nine away games including three of their last four.
Past clashes between the two perhaps reflect the inconsistencies of the two clubs, and current form is preferred for the conclusion – which is West Ham to win to nil.
West Ham to win to nil @ 11/5 Coral or BetVictor
Southampton vs Arsenal
The last three corresponding fixtures have been score-draws and, with both teams playing some great football and scoring freely, splitting stakes between 1-1 and 2-2 could well pay dividends.
1 point Correct score 2-2 @ 15/1 Bet Victor
1 point Correct Score 1-1 @ 6/1 Bet Victor