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Preview Pack - Chelsea v Spurs - 07.04.07

This season's home Game - 2-1 to Spurs!
Last Year's Game - 2-1 to Chelsea
Last Year's Spursometer - 58%
This week - last year
What happened in the Premiership in Match 32 2005-6
Spurs lost at Newcastle. Chelsea drew at Birmingham

NEW! - See the current injury list for all Premiership Teams!

Full Record of Tottenham Hotspur -v- Chelsea


Premier      Pl   W    D    L    For-Ag  Pts
Home         15   1    5    9    11- 27   8
Away         14   0    5    9    10- 28   5
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Total (Prem) 29   1   10   18    21- 55  13
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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) 29   1   10   18    21- 55  13
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   115  41   27   49   171-170 114
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Last Six Premiership results:-


Chelsea
Charlton   0-1   Chelsea
Chelsea    3-0   M'brough
P'tsmouth  0-2   Chelsea
Man City   0-1   Chelsea
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)
Chelsea    3-0   Sheff Utd
Watford    0-1   Chelsea

Spurs

Sheff Utd  2-1   Spurs
Everton    1-2   Spurs
Spurs      4-1   Bolton
West Ham   3-4   Spurs
Spurs      3-1   Watford
Spurs      1-0   Reading

Pos        P  W  D  L   F-A  GD  Pts
2 Chelsea 31 22  6  3  55-19 36  72
6 Spurs   31 14  6 11  44-44  0  48

This preview is being written before the result of tonight's Everton game is known, and of necessity it is relatively brief, due to the proximity to last night's UEFA Cup game.

Despite Spurs' heroic home win in November, and their fine performances in the recent FA Cup quarter-finals against Chelsea, tomorrow's Pay Per View 12.45 fixture is as big a challenge as ever. If we are honest, it's even harder than usual, for several reasons.

Firstly, there is the fact that less than 24 hours ago, as I write, Spurs were playing an arduous UEFA Cup quarter-final in Seville. The team trained in Seville this morning, and presumably flew back this afternoon.

Secondly, there are new injury problems, which if verified tomorrow will add real concerns to Martin Jol's ability to field a side that can hope to compete with Chelsea, who have won their last 7 Premiership games, without conceding a goal, and who still chase Manchester United for the Premiership title. Young-Pyo Lee picked up a knee injury, and Stalteri and Chimbonda also picked up knocks. The early word about Chimbonda is hopeful, but if one of those three was missing, I am not sure how Spurs would fill the gap.

Ricardo Rocha must be the first name on the team sheet, whilst the fitness of those who took part last night is assessed. Phil Ifil may have to play at right back, with Stalteri covering on the left, if Lee and Chimbonda were unable to take part. Steed Malbranque and Hossam Ghaly will be fit and ready after brief appearances against Sevilla, and of course Mido and Defoe will be fresh as a daisy, having stayed on the bench.

Whatever happens, surely Martin Jol will be unable to field a first choice side. The players will possibly still be a little traumatised over the events at Seville, which included Paul Robinson taking one fan back to the Spurs dressing room for treatment, after being battered for trying to take a photograph of the team coach. Without necessarily suggesting that our fans were totally blameless with regard to yesterday's bad news, the file of injustice and brutality is gathering thickness and credence in club secretary John Alexander's office.

Spurs priority must of course be next Thursday's second leg at White Hart Lane, but I am sure that whoever represents us tomorrow will play with a do or die attitude that might just get us a result, despite Chelsea's natural superiority. The Blues will be missing Robben, but Joe Cole has at last made a come-back, and Sean Wright-Philips has played well in his recent games against us in particular. There must be a glimmer of hope for us in Chelsea's unconvincing win at Watford last week.

Even a point would be a great result for Spurs, who will have to play catch-up after the Easter week-end, due to Monday's game against Blackburn being put back to the last week of the season. Our battle to reclaim a UEFA Cup place may not be settled till then!

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