Tottenham v Chelsea - Spread Betting Preview
Spurs v Chelsea Spread Betting Preview: Will Chelsea Remain Unbeaten After Their Wembley Trip?
The latest instalment of a rivalry series going back to 1909, this weekend sees Tottenham host Chelsea in what is the 161st all-time meeting between the two clubs.
Ahead of kick-off, Tottenham trail the all-time head-to-head record by 12 wins across all competitions. With Mauricio Pochettino's men also having recently broken one of Tottenham Hotspur FC's longest running hoodoos in their last clash with Chelsea, they will feel confident of giving their title race rivals more than a game this weekend.
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Back in April, Spurs won a league match at Stamford Bridge for the first time since 1990, with the 3-1 scoreline all but securing the club's position as the top placed London team in the league last season. It was testament to just how much of an impact manager Mauricio Pochettino has made since arriving at the club in the summer of 2014.
Tottenham enter this weekend on the back of a four-game winning run in all competitions, but unlike Chelsea, they have already proven fallible against rivals in the expected top six earlier this season. Two galling home defeats in the league (against Liverpool and Manchester City) have already put Tottenham at a real disadvantage in the title race. However, Chelsea's below-par performance against Everton in the last round of league games will have given Pochettino's men some degree of encouragement.
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri recently became the first Premier League manager to start a reign unbeaten in 12 league games. However, a goalless home draw on 11th November against a stubborn and determined Everton team fell way below expectations. While Chelsea looked by far the likelier team to win in that stalemate, the London giants' usually-accomplished passing game was often broken and disjointed.
Nonetheless, it is worth noting that Chelsea teams have enjoyed a fantastic record at the modern Wembley, ever since it opened its doors in 2007, with the Blues' FA Cup win in May the latest in a long run of triumphs at the home of football. With Tottenham just one point ahead of Chelsea, and neither side wishing to lose ground - on one another, or the top two - some may take the view that this could be a tight affair.
Tottenham v Chelsea Total Goal Minutes
In terms of times of goals, both teams have scored later on in recent games. Prior to Chelsea's disappointing draw with Everton on Remembrance Day, the West London outfit had scored at least once after the hour mark in each of their four preceding Premier League matches. Tottenham have also had a tendency to up their own efforts after the break, scoring twice as many second half goals in their last four games (across all competitions) as they have in the first.
With the outcome of this match likely to have a profound effect on the race for a top four finish, just one goal could prove decisive. That said, this fixture has offered up a lot in the way of entertainment recently, with only one 0-0 draw in the last fifteen meetings.
Total Goal Minutes refers to the total aggregate time of all goals scored in a game. So for example, if Tottenham opened the scoring on 7 minutes and Chelsea equalised on 35 minutes, with no further goals scored in a match finishing as a 1-1 draw, the total goal minutes market would settle at 42.
Wagering on the Total Goal Minutes Spread
Say the spread quote for total goal minutes in this game was 116-125, and so if the above scenario came true and you wagered on the sell price, you would win 74 times your original stake, based on the following calculation: 116 (sell price) - 42 (settle value) = 74 (make-up).
So using a £5 stake as an example, that 74 point make up would return £370.
However, just one goal can turn your win into a loss. If instead of ending in a 1-1 draw an 87th minute winner was scored, everything would change. With that goal on top of the first two, the market would settle at 129 (7mins +35mins +87mins).
This would result in a negative make-up, shown as a minus figure, as follows: 116 (sell price) - 129 (settle) = -13 (make-up).
Again, using a £5 stake as an example, you would now lose £65, having multiplied your stake by -13.
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