CARD king Gavin Murphy (@GamePlanGavin) has spotted a slice of bookings value in Wednesday’s crunch Premier League clash from White Hart Lane.
Tottenham v Chelsea | Wednesday 20:00 | Sky Sports 1
We don’t like them and they don’t like us. Pretty simple really. Therefore, Tottenham v Chelsea on Wednesday night should be a belter!
The Blues, of course, are flying high at the summit of the Premier League and are hoping for victory over Spurs to match Arsenal’s record of 14 consecutive wins.
Tottenham have enjoyed two 4-1 away wins over the festive period and appear to be finally hitting top form after an underwhelming start. White Hart Lane has been a difficult venue for visiting teams for a while now and Wednesday night should be no different.
Chelsea were tested by Stoke in their last appearance but ultimately got the job done. Five cards were shown that day by Robert Madley.
Atkinson the man in the middle
Martin Atkinson gets the whistle for this battle and he isn’t as prolific as he once was but nonetheless still averages 4.00 cards per-game in the league this season.
The West Yorkshire official gave six cards in the recent match between Manchester City and Arsenal.
Indeed, Atkinson has started dishing out cards more heavily lately. His past few games have seen total card numbers of 8-5-7-7-4-6-3 – at an average of 5.71 cards per-game.
The earlier meeting between these two clubs at Stamford Bridge saw just three cards as everyone was on their best behaviour following the 12 cards given in the 2-2 draw back in May. That won’t be the case this time around but we can surely expect more than three.
Cards on the agenda at the Lane
There is too much at stake. Also Spurs should have mischievous Moussa Dembele and combustible Dele Alli in their ranks. Some old wounds might be reopened with the likes of Diego Costa as the atmosphere and pressure rises.
So far this season domestically, Spurs average 1.84 cards per-game and Chelsea slightly more with 2.21. Both teams have potential for high card make-ups in games such as this.
The past six meetings between these two teams have seen an average of 5.33 cards per-game. That average increases to 5.50 when the match is played in North rather than West London.
Bet365 are offering 1.75 on Over 5 cards on their Asian line and that gets my recommendation. Five cards exactly will return our stakes and therefore offers some insurance whilst six or more cards will ensure profit.
Tottenham v Chelsea – Over 5 Asian Cards (1.75 Bet365)