Can Tottenham Catch League-Leaders Chelsea with 7 Matches to Go

Tottenham Hotspurs

Kevin Stott

Sunday, April 9, 2017 9:15 PM GMT

Sunday, Apr. 9, 2017 9:15 PM GMT

Chelsea hold a 7-point lead over Tottenham as we head down the final stretch and the last seven fixtures of the season. Can Spurs pick up three points and narrow the gap and make a race out of what was once thought to be a foregone conclusion?

Manager Conte and Midfielder Kanté Have Been Quiet Keys to Chelsea’s Success

It hasn’t been wire-to-wire for Chelsea (24-3-4, 65 GF-25 GA, 75 points), but with a seven-point lead over 2nd-place Tottenham Hotspur (20-8-3, 60 GF-22 GA, 68 points), things still look fairly good right now for the Blues and new manager Antonio Conte with usual suspects Manchester City (61 points), Arsenal (54), Liverpool (63) and Manchester United (54) all unable to make up any ground over the Winter, it looks as though Thibaut Courtois at Chelsea will have some more silverware along with a return to UEFA Champions League play next season.

Only one soccer club (Manchester United) has ever failed to wrap up the EPL title when leading by this many points at this point in the season and the Blues need to win just five of their remaining fixtures to clinch the championship.

Here are fresh EPL outright odds from Bet365, a sportsbook founded in a portakabin in 2000 by the Coates family—owners of Stoke City—for this two-club EPL race.

English Premier League—Odds To Win Outright (April 8, Bet365)

Chelsea 1/14

Tottenham Hotspur 8/1

Liverpool 100/1

Manchester City 100/1

Arsenal 750/1

Manchester United 750/1

 

Remaining Tottenham Schedule

April 15 vs. Bournemouth

April 26 @ Crystal Palace

April 30 vs. Arsenal

May 5 @ West Ham United

May 13 vs. Manchester United

May 21 @ Hull City

TBD @ Leicester City

 

The Skinny: Spurs (14-2-0, 39 GF-8 GA at Home) bottled Watford 4-0 at Home on Saturday and have had a dream season but fellow Londontown rivals Chelsea have been better. Next Saturday, Harry Kane (4/1 Top Goalscorer, Bet365) and Tottenham welcome Bournemouth to White Hart Lane (NBCSN, 4:30 a.m. ET; TOTT -385, BOU +1000, DRAW +500, Heritage), but the bulk of Spurs’ (W6, 18 GF-4 GA) fixtures are hard including North London dates with United and Arsenal as well as a TBD match at defending champs Leicester City who’ve found its form under new manager Craig Shakespeare. It seems Spurs needed the Blues to slip up this week.

Remaining Chelsea Schedule

April 16 @ Manchester United

April 25 vs. Southampton

April 30 @ Everton

May 8 vs. Middlesbrough

May 13 @ West Bromwich Albion

May 21 vs. Sunderland

TBD vs. Watford

 

The Skinny: After topping Bournemouth, 3-1 on Saturday, possibly the key point on the schedule for Diego Costa (8/1 Top Goalscorer, Bet365) and Chelsea comes next Sunday at Old Trafford against former manager José Mourinho and Manchester United (NBCSN, 8 a.m. ET; MUFC +180, CFC +185, DRAW +211, Pinnacle) while a Matchweek 35 Geordie Shore date against Romelu Lukaku (11/10 Top Goalscorer, Bet365) and Everton won’t be easy either.

 

True Royal Blue Conclusions

The ironic thing here this Spring is the reality that N’Golo Kanté and Chelsea and Dele Alli and Tottenham actually do play each other, but in the first Semifinal of the FA Cup at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, April 22 (FOX Soccer 2GO USA, 12:15 p.m. ET; CFC +125, TOTT +210, DRAW +220, 2½u -143, Intertops). And although Hugo Lloris and Spurs are playing as well as red-hot Chelsea (2L’s L25), the Blues could lose to United and Everton, win the rest, see Tottenham finish 7-0, and still lose by 1 point. It’s the combination of Spurs having to be perfect along with the average 8/1 odds that make this EPL Outrights market a pass.

EPL MATCHWEEK 32 PARLAY: Spurs -378/Everton -215/Stoke City -104 (Pinnacle)FA CUP TOTALS PICK: Chelsea-Tottenham Over 2½ +100 (Intertops)
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