Goals at both ends a guarantee for Spurs’ Chelsea visit

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Games at Stamford Bridge have been good for two things in 2016: both teams scoring and plenty of goals.

The net has rippled at either end in all but two of the 10 games to take place in the west London stadium in all competitions this calendar year, while seven of the same stretch of matches have contained over 2.5 strikes.

With Spurs set to visit the ground for their third appearance on Monday Night Football in as many weeks, history suggests at least one of those two trends will be kept alive.

The Lilywhites’ last two league trips to face Chelsea have ended in humbling defeat. They lost 3-0 there under Mauricio Pochettino last season and shipped four unanswered goals in the campaign prior.

This though, is a different Spurs beast, one that prides itself on defensive organisation and solidity.

Spurs have only conceded more than one goal in a game four times in the Premier League this season and have not experienced such a feat in six straight league assignments.

A repeat of the heavy Stamford Bridge losses of seasons past looks unlikely when those numbers are considered.

Instead, the both-teams-to-score price of 8/13 looks like low-hanging fruit.

Not only has Chelsea’s ground been ripe for such bets, as already mentioned, but Spurs have seen over half of their top-flight road trips end in such fashion.

10 of the north Londoners’ 17 away games have produced goals for both teams, while this bet has landed in nine of the last 14 clashes between these two in all competitions.

As far as the match odds are concerned, Ladbrokes hand the advantage to the visitors albeit only marginally.

Spurs can be backed at 17/10, while the Blues are 7/4 and the draw is available at 23/10.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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