Stable Spurs to brush past Blues


Tottenham can add to Chelsea manager Antonio Conte‚Äôs woes when last season’s Premier League champions visit Wembley on Sunday.

The match is a repeat of the FA Cup semi-final between the two sides in April but much has changed since Chelsea eased to a 4-2 victory on that day.

Chelsea have lost a host of players including John Terry, Nemanja Matic, Dominic Solanke and Nathaniel Chalobah and made a dreadful start to the Premier League campaign last weekend, slumping to a 3-2 home defeat to Burnley.

Although Conte bought Antonio Rudiger, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Alvaro Morata in the summer, the Chelsea squad does not look strong enough to cope with the challenge of competing both domestically and in the Champions League.

Their problems have been compounded by injuries to Bakayoko, Pedro and Eden Hazard while Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas will be suspended for Sunday’s London derby after being sent off during the debacle against the Clarets.

Conte will be desperate for his team to be more defensively secure this weekend and they can be backed at 3/1 to keep a clean sheet against Mauricio Pochettino’s team while a 1-0 victory for Chelsea is available at 39/4.

Spurs did not produce a scintillating display at St James’ Park last weekend but they still had more than enough to despatch Newcastle United 2-0.

Pochettino is unlikely to make many, if any, changes to the side that triumphed on Tyneside, and he once again looks set to be without injured trio Kieran Tripper, Danny Rose and Erik Lamela.

Spurs were unbeaten at White Hart Lane last term and it will be interesting to see how they adapt to having to play their home games at Wembley but they can be backed at 1/1 to win Sunday’s match and are available at 5/2 to triumph by a two-goal margin or more.

In a rare positive moment for Chelsea last Saturday, Morata scored after coming on as a substitute, and is 33/20 to score at any time on Sunday while Dele Alli is 6/1 to grab the first goal.