The redevelopment of White Hart Lane sees Spurs take up temporary residence at Wembley this season, starting with this afternoon’s mouth watering clash with champions Chelsea.
Playing their Champions League fixtures at Wembley last season was a conspicuous failure and many pundits have questioned the impact the move will have on Spurs’ title aspirations. Add in the (dubiously small sample-sized) Harry Jane can’t score in August theory and you would typically have an away win prospect.
Chelsea though look in a disarray not dissimilar to the abject title defence of 2015/16. They have lost key men Costa and Matic to managerial madness, and key men Cahill and Fabregas to disciplinary madness following red cards in the humbling opening day defeat at home to Burnley.
We place less emphasis on the issues at Spurs than the patchwork nature of Chelsea’s likely lineup, and a comfortable “home” win looks likely.
It could be a day for Kane to break the August hoodoo, but if Spurs play well, then talismanic playmaker Christian Eriksen is invariably at the heart of matters.
We picked him confidently for Man of the Match honours in Spurs’ season opener last weekend. He was by far the best player on the pitch, created both Spurs goals and was instrumental in winning the match. He also had joint top player rating from Sky, unfortunately he shared that honour with Kyle Walker-Peters who was given the nod in recognition of a promising debut.
That was tough to swallow, the young right back played well, but Newcastle barely mustered any attack and its hard to suggest KW-P made the difference between the two teams.
The best way to make amends is to re-load for today’s fixture. Eriksen is a fair 7/1 shot for the gong with Paddy Power, making the 10/1 at William Hill way too good to miss:
Recommendation: Christian Eriksen, Man of the Match, 2pts win, 10/1 William Hill
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