André Villas-Boas will be after some sort of revenge on Saturday lunch-time as his Tottenham Hotspur side host Chelsea at White Hart Lane, which signals the return of the Premiership after the international break.
The Portuguese manager suffered an unpleasant spell in the hot seat at Stamford Bridge after the Blues had paid out an eye watering €15 million to prize him away from FC Porto in 2011 only to be promptly sacked by a dissatisfied Roman Abramovich just a few months later.
AVB’s tenure with Chelsea was undermined by rumours of a player revolt and a series of unconvincing performances, and Villas-Boas must have feared that history was about to repeat itself at White Hart Lane after only managing to claim two points from his opening three games in charge.
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However, since that point Spurs have been in truly stunning form after winning their next four games, including an historic victory against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
The 3-2 win was the first by any Tottenham team at the home of the Manchester giants since 1989, and proved to the Club’s fans that Villas-Boas has the ability to be a success in the position.
The likes of Jermain Defoe and Gareth Bale (best price 9/1 to score first with Victor Chandler) appear to be flourishing under the new manager, but Tottenham will be aware that they face a formidable challenge if they are to keep their winning run going against Chelsea.
Spurs can be backed at 8/5 at a best price with Paddy Power, and that seems just about right.
The Blues have already opened up a four point advantage at the top of the division having only dropped two points so far this campaign, as they remain unbeaten, and the interchange between Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Oscar has simply been a joy to watch.
Juan Mata, in particular, looks to be finding his form aftr a slowish start for the Blues, and the Spaniards odds of 12/1 to score first with Victor Chandler leap off the coupon and shriek of value.
Likewise, his Brazilian counterpart in midfield, Oscar, looks another cracking bet to find the net first at 11/1 with Bet365.
The West Londoners come into this fixture on the back of a crushing 4-1 win over Norwich City last time out and there is little doubt that they are playing with enough confidence and flair to cause any team problems.
If we consider Di Matteo’s men also secured a 2-1 away win at the Emirates in their last away outing, then their price of 7/4 with Bet365 is sure to see plenty of support from punters.
This should be an exciting match-up, between the two in form sides in the Premier League, and a win for either side could just prove pivotal by the time May comes around.