Premier League on Betfair: Late Spurs draw keeps top four finish race in the balance

9May 2013

Betfair

 

Mike Norman reports on the In-Play odds matched on a crucial night of football at Stamford Bridge...

 

Chelsea remain strong 1.1 favourites to finish in the top four after securing a 2-2 draw with London rivals Tottenham at Stamford Bridge this evening.

 

The draw leaves Rafa Benitez's men three points clear of fifth-placed Spurs, but with an advantage of 16 goals over the Lilywhites in the goal-difference colum, the Blues can almost start to plan for Champions League football next season.

 

Chelsea opened the scoring inside 10 minutes, thanks largely to Gary Cahill. The centre-back peeling away and glancing a header towards goal that might just be going wide, until, that is, Oscar pops up unmarked at the far post to nod home.

 

The Brazilian was matched at 14.5 in the First Goalscorer market.

 

Spurs were back on level terms midway through the half thanks to a fantastic individual goal from Emmanuel Adebayor. The Tottenham striker - recalled tonight in place of Jermain Defoe - received the ball in his own half, came forward unchallenged, and unleashed an unstoppable curling shot beyond the reach of Petr Cech.

 

But shortly before the interval Ramires restored the home side's lead, the Chelsea midfielder racing on to a Fernando Torres pass before poking the ball home into the far corner.

 

Ramires was matched at 10.5 To Score anytime, while the 2-1 Half Time Score hit a high of 27.0 In-Play.

 

In a second half witn few clear cut chances it was Tottenham that got the fourth goal of the game; Gylfi Sigurdsson latching on to a superb Adebayor flick before firing home a low-shot beyond the Chelsea keeper. Sigurdsson was matched at 15.5 in the To Score market.

 

Both sides went for the winner late on, but a Gareth Bale free-kick in stoppage time was the closest we came to a fifth goal. The Draw was matched at a high of 7.0 with the 2-2 Correct Score being matched at 17.5.

 

Tottenham are now available to back at 2.94 to record a Top Four Finish, with north-London rivals Arsenal available to back at 1.36.

 

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