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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Chelsea v Spurs - 12.01.08

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What happened in the Premiership in Match 22 2006-07

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Full Record of Tottenham Hotspur -v- Chelsea


Premier      Pl   W    D    L    For-Ag  Pts
Home         15   1    5    9    11- 27   8
Away         15   0    5   10    10- 29   5
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Total (Prem) 30   1   10   19    21- 56  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) 30   1   10   19    21- 56  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   116  41   27   50   171-171 114
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Last Six Premiership results:-

Chelsea

Chelsea    2-0   S'derland
Arsenal    1-0   Chelsea
Blackburn  0-1   Chelsea
Chelsea    4-4   A. Villa
Chelsea    2-1   Newcastle
Fulham     1-2   Chelsea


Spurs

Spurs      2-1   Man City
P'tsmouth  0-1   Spurs
Arsenal    2-1   Spurs
Spurs      5-1   Fulham
Spurs      6-4   Reading
A. Villa   2-1   Spurs

Pos         P  W  D  L   F-A  GD  Pts
 3 Chelsea 21 13  5  3  33-16 17  44
12 Spurs   21  6  6  9  42-38  4  24
Last Five Corresponding Games

07.04.07 - Chelsea 1 Spurs 0 - Patched up Spurs beaten by freakish goal.
11.03.06 - Chelsea 2 Spurs 1 - Late, late Gallas winner.
19.09.04 - Chelsea 0 Spurs 0 - Day of the "team bus"!
13.09.03 - Chelsea 4 Spurs 2 - Spurs bright start quelled
01.02.03 - Chelsea 1 Spurs 1 - Chelsea fail to win for first time in 7 years.

Michael Dawson battled away is seen in action in last year's game with Drogba in this shot. Drogba will not be available for chelsea this week. The statistics look horrible, don't they? They are horrible of course, as Spurs go to Stamford Bridge in search of their first away win since that Gary Lineker-inspired win in 1990. Spurs' Premier League statistics against Chelsea are apalling. Yet in recent years there have been signs of encouragement.

Last season, on Guy Fawkes Day, we sensationally put an end to the hoodoo of hoodoos with that 2-1 win, thanks to goals by Michael Dawson and Aaron Lennon. In the FA Cup quarter final last March, we were 3-1 up at half time before Jose Mourinho sent on the kitchen sink and clawed back to 3-3, before Chelsea reverted to type and put us away on our own territory. The corresponding league game last year was played only 40 hours or so after Spurs had been beaten in Seville by Juande Ramos's then charges. Martin Jol played a weaakened side and we went down by one goal scaored by Carvalho in the 52nd minute.

Those signs of encouragement go back over the last five corresponding games. In March 2006, only Gallas's late, late goal stole all three points for the home side, and the previous season saw the day of "The Team Bus". look at the other reports, and you can see other occasions of promise.

However, encouragement and promise is not enough to satisfy Spurs fans any more.

This week, we might ordinarily say that we have as good a chance as any to beat Chelsea, when they have Terry and Lampard absent injured; Mikel suspended (but in Africa now anyway); and Drogba, and Essien involved in the African Cup of Nations. I believe there is a chance that Essien may have dispensation to leave late and play this game, but stand to be corrected.

On the other hand, Spurs will miss Zokora for the same reason as his team-mate Drogba, whilst Huddlestone continues his three match suspension, and Jenas has to serve a one game ban for five bookings. Juande ramos's midfield options are limited then, but O'Hara and Boateng may face competition from Malbranque perhaps moving to a central role, and maybe Taarabt getting a start on the left. Teemu Tainio could be on hand as well.

Chelsea's side against Everton in their league cup semi-final on Tuesday was Hilario; Belletti (scorer of Barcelon's Champions League winner against Arsenal in 2006), Alex, Carvalho, Bridge; Wright-Phillips, Mikel, Ballack, Malouda, Cole, Pizarro. Sidwell was used as a substitute, and may start this week, whilst Petr Cech may return in goal. Spurs will still face a formidable side, but Chelsea have not been as prolific goalscorers, nor as strong in defence as in recent seasons. They always miss John Terry of course.

Chelsea do still hold their magnificent unbeaten home record, and only a fool would suggest that Spurs are likely to bring that run to an end. A draw is a feasible result though, and I'll go for a quite exciting 2-2.

Stop Press! (11.01.08 2.30.pm) - Chelsea have signed Bolton striker Nicolas Anelka for 15 in time for him to play against Spurs. With Drogba and Kalou away on International duty, and Shevchenko injured, Anelka will probably be needed too!

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