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Premier      Pl   W    D    L    For-Ag  Pts
Home         12   0    5    7     9- 22   5
Away         13   0    5    8     9- 26   5
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Total (Prem) 25   0   10   15    18- 48  10
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Football Lge
Home (Div 1) 42  20    9   13    79- 57  51
Away (Div 1) 42  19    6   17    63- 50  46
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Total(Div 1) 84  39   15   30   142-107  97
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Football Lge
Home (Div 2)  2   1    1    0     7-  4   3
Away (Div 2)  2   0    1    1     1-  4   1
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Total(Div 2)  4   1    2    1     8-  8   4
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Total (Prem) 25   0   10   15    18- 48  10
Total(Div 1) 84  39   15   30   142-107  97
Total(Div 2)  4   1    2    1     8-  8   4
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Grand Tot   111  40   27   46   168-163 111
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Last Six Premiership results:-

Spurs
Great new Spurs Head to Head Records in this new publication! (Spurs Odyssey is grateful to Bredon Books Publishing for their permission to quote certain statistics from their book in the compilation of this preview)
Man City   0-1   Spurs
Spurs      5-1   S'hampton
Norwich    0-2   Spurs
Spurs      1-1   C. Palace
Spurs      5-2   Everton
Man Utd    0-0   Spurs

Chelsea

Arsenal    2-2   Chelsea
Chelsea    4-0   Norwich
Chelsea    1-0   A. Villa
P'tsmouth  0-2   Chelsea
Liverpool  0-1   Chelsea
Chelsea    2-0   M'brough

Pos         P  W  D  L  F - A GD  Pts
1 Chelsea  22 17  4  1  43- 8 35  55
7 Spurs    22  9  6  7  29-21  8  33

How shall we refer to Chelsea? Abramovich's artisans? Mourinho's marauders? Abramovich's play-things maybe? There does not seem to be much hope of The Blues' Russian benefactor disappearing over the horizon as yet!

Chelsea have been perched at the top of the Premiership since November 6th, when they beat Everton, and Arsenal only drew against Crystal Palace. On that date, Spurs were in the middle of their run of 6 defeats, before "Big Marty" turned things round, and now Spurs can lay claim to being unbeaten since November 22nd, when we were beaten by Aston Villa. Chelsea's one Premiership defeat was at Manchester City by 1-0 on 16th October.

Despite their pathetic Premiership record against Chelsea, Spurs have never played with fear in their hearts, and in recent years have given some good accounts of themselves, not least when taking the team bus to Stamford Bridge earlier this season, where we also took an early lead the previous year, succumbing in the end to Ranieri's side. Now Spurs are on the up and up and must face the strongest Chelsea squad ever to try and eradicate that awesome record.

The fact is, we have not won against Chelsea at home in a League game since August 1987, when Nico Claesen was the scorer. We last beat Chelsea in a league contest in February 1990, with goals by David Howells and Gary Lineker in a 2-1 away win. The Spurs team on that day was:- Thorstvedt; Hughton, Polston, Mabbutt, Van Den Hauwe, Walsh (sub Moran), Howells, Gascoigne, Sedgeley, Nayim, Lineker (sub Moncur). Clive Wilson played in the Chelsea side that day, and Micky Hazard had played in the game at White Hart lane in Chelsea colours (when they beat us 4-1) earlier in the season.

Other than Simon Davies, Sean Davis and Thimothee Atouba, who are out for a few weeks yet, Spurs main injury worry will be Fredi Kanoute, who is described as very doubtful. Spurs will call upon their first choice defence, and hopefully Michael Brown will return to provide some grit in the middle, although most of us think that Mendes should play there, rather than out on the right.

Chelsea will of course perm 11 top class players from Mourinho's 23- man squad, but most of them featured in the Carling Cup semi-final against Manchester United, and we must hope that an element of fatigue creeps in!

Spurs have already demonstrated that they have the ability to match not only Chelsea, but other top teams this season. Martin Jol has had a full week to prepare his squad for what should be a red-hot fixture, and hopefully a positive result for Spurs. I'll predict a 1-1 draw, with a goal for Jermain Defoe.

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