Ousted from the Chelsea hot seat back in March having endured a tough nine months at Stamford Bridge, Andre Villas-Boas felt he wasn’t given enough time in the post by the club’s owner Roman Abramovich and the young Portuguese manager will be desperate to get one over on his old boss as his new employers Tottenham entertain his former charges this weekend.
The 34-year-old will have his work cut out of course; his old club have flown out of the blocks and head the table by four points having won six of their opening seven, a run that will ensure the draw is well backed at 12/5 via Stan James.
However, Villas-Boas has looked rejuvenated since taking the reigns at White Hart Lane and with Spurs’ impressive 3-2 victory at Manchester United still fresh in the memory, he’s worth a modest flutter at 8/5 with bet365 to exact some revenge on the Premier League leaders, BetVictor’s 19/10 outsiders.
Nevertheless, a close, thrilling encounter looks likely in North London, where bet365 make Tottenham 15/4 to shade it by a one-goal margin and Betfred rate them at 10/1 to finish on the right side of a 2-1 scoreline.
Elsewhere, Skybet offer 8/13 about both teams getting on the scoresheet and staying with goals, Jermain Defoe is the 11/2 favourite at via Paddy Power to break the deadlock but a gamble on Gareth Bale at a heftier 9/1 (BetVictor) is one to consider given his goals for club and country recently.
Tottenham to beat Chelsea 2-1 – 10/1 (Betfred)