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Preview Pack - Spurs v Chelsea - 27.08.05

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Last Season's Game - 2-0 Chelsea
Last Year's Spursometer - 55% - poor strike rate
This week - last year
What happened in the Premiership in Match 4 2004-5
Spurs managed a 1-0 win at home to Birmingham.
Chelsea recovered from an early Beattie goal to beat Southampton

Full Record of Tottenham Hotspur -v- Chelsea

Premier      Pl   W    D    L    For-Ag  Pts
Home         13   0    5    8     9- 24   5
Away         13   0    5    8     9- 26   5
Total (Prem) 26   0   10   16    18- 50  10
Football Lge
Home (Div 1) 42  20    9   13    79- 57  51
Away (Div 1) 42  19    6   17    63- 50  46
Total(Div 1) 84  39   15   30   142-107  97
Football Lge
Home (Div 2)  2   1    1    0     7-  4   3
Away (Div 2)  2   0    1    1     1-  4   1
Total(Div 2)  4   1    2    1     8-  8   4
Total (Prem) 26   0   10   16    18- 50  10
Total(Div 1) 84  39   15   30   142-107  97
Total(Div 2)  4   1    2    1     8-  8   4
Grand Tot   112  40   27   47   168-165 111
Last Six Premiership results:-

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)
Spurs      5-1   A. Villa
M'brough   1-0   Spurs
Spurs      0-0   Blackburn
P'tsmouth  0-2   Spurs
Spurs      2-0   M'brough
Blackburn  0-0   Spurs


Chelsea    1-0   Charlton
Man Utd    1-3   Chelsea
Newcastle  1-1   Chelsea
Wigan      0-1   Chelsea
Chelsea    1-0   Arsenal
Chelsea    4-0   West Brom

Pos         P  W  D  L  F-A GD  Pts
1  Chelsea  3  3  0  0  6-0  6  9
2  Spurs    3  2  1  0  4-0  4  7

It's a first v second Premiership battle at The Lane this Saturday!

We last played Chelsea on 15th January this year, at White Hart Lane, when we lost 2-0, giving Jose Mourinho's side a double figure lead in the chase for the Premiership title. They were the winners-elect. Spurs had gone into the game on the back of an unbeaten run of 8 matches, but their strike partnership of Defoe and Keane drew blanks, whilst Frank Lampard killed us with two goals, including one penalty, given by Graham Poll after a theatrical fall by Alexei Smertin at the feet of Ledley King. Smertin was signed in the early stages of Abramovich's reign at Stamford Bridge, before being immediately farmed out on loan at Portsmouth. He spent last season "at home" so to speak playing 19 full games for Chelsea, and now he is out on loan again, this time at Charlton.

You'll see all the depressing stats about our record against Chelsea rolled out before and after this game, and I do not propose to bore you with them this year! Last September we took great satisfaction from drawing a complaint from Mourinho about our "team bus", but we've had little to crow about since that 5-1 League Cup nearly four years ago. (Oh go on then, you deserve a read of the report!)

When you consider that at the start of this horrid 26-match run in the Premiership, Chelsea's side was relatively moderate, and compare it with today's multi-million concoction, you do have to wonder when and if Spurs can get that history-making win. Well, I can tell you, I have a very strong feeling that it will happen this week. Why? Because I shall be at a wedding, missing my first competitive Spurs game for four and a half years. If we do win, I shall have to consider giving up my season ticket in the interests of glory returning to the Lane!

The picture above shows Michael Brown battling with Claude Makelele in typical style. It was quite a surpise to see Brown in the Spurs line-up on Wednesday night, and with Teemu Tainio a big doubt for tomorrow's game, Brown may get another chance. Once again, Spurs have more than their fair share of injured absentees. I fancy that Ledley King may be in the reckoning for a return, but with Dawson, Gardner & Co keeping clean sheets so far, there should be no panic in the defence. Tainio could be a big miss though, but with Carrick and Davids likely to be in the middle, Brown will be competing with Mendes, and Aaron Lennon for that right wing berth. Another option may be for Stalteri to move forward and Stephen Kelly to return at right back.

My head tells me that run is not going to end this week, with Abramovich's play-things able to field a bench worth about 75 million last week, but we do have no reason to be afraid. We will be competitive and my heart tells me Defoe will score the solitary goal!

Despite my enforced absence, Spurs Odyssey will still carry a full match report (or two) by the end of the week-end. I sincerely hope that those of you lucky enough to be at White Hart Lane tomorrow will get what you want from the game (unless you are a blue's fan of course!)

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