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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Chelsea v Spurs - 20.09.09

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Full Record of Tottenham Hotspur -v- Chelsea

Premier      Pl   W    D    L    For-Ag  Pts
Home         17   2    6    9    16- 31  12
Away         17   0    6   11    11- 32   6
Total (Prem) 34   2   12   20    27- 63  18
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) 34   2   12   20    27- 63  18
Total(Div 1) 84  39   15   30   142-107  97
Total(Div 2)  4   1    2    1     8-  8   4
Grand Total 120  42   28   52   177-178 119

Last Six Premiership results:-


S'derland  2-3   Chelsea
Chelsea    2-1   Hull
S'derland  1-3   Chelsea
Fulham     0-2   Chelsea
Chelsea    3-0   Burnley
Stoke      1-2   Chelsea

Liverpool  3-1   Spurs
Spurs      2-1   Liverpool
Hull       1-5   Spurs
West Ham   1-2   Spurs
Spurs      2-1   B'mingham
Spurs      1-3   Man Utd

Pos        P  W  D  L   F-A  GD  Pts
1 Chelsea  5  5  0  0  12-3   9  15
4 Spurs    5  4  0  1  12-7   5  12
Kranjcar to start?

Until November 2006, at which point Spurs had played Chelsea in 28 Premier League games without a win, our record against "The Blues" had been simply appalling. Then came the drama of goals by Michael Dawson and the winner by Aaron Lennon to finally lay to rest the oldest "bogey" in the Premier League. (Spurs 2 Chelsea 1 - report).

Since that day, our record against Chelsea holds up well under scrutiny. We lost our next two league games, but beat them at Wembley, then came back from 3-1 down to get a 4-4 draw at The Lane in March 2008. It's worth remembering that Robbie Keane was the hero of the hour with his superb 88th minute equaliser to make it 4-4. What we need to see is more of the old Robbie Keane goal-scoring prowess.

Even last year, when Spurs had a pointless first two games, they got their first point of the season at top of the table Chelsea, with a goal by Darren Bent. (Chelsea 1 Spurs 1 - report). Then in the return game in March, thanks to Luka Modric's sweeping winner, we managed our second Premier League win over our West London rivals. It's not good enough of course, and we do still need to get a first win on their turf since David Howells and Gary Lineker scored in a 2-1 win in February 1990.

It's a big ask, not least because Chelsea are on a roll where they have won their last 10 league games, and are unbeaten in the league since Spurs beat them 14 games ago. Mind you, arguably, Chelsea have yet to meet a formidable team in this season's Premier League competition, and have had a little trouble despatching some of their opponents with a last minute winner in their first game at home to Hull, and added time goals at Stoke last week (13 minutes of it apparently!)

Sunday will be a big day for TV fans, with the Manchester Derby preceding our game on Sky.

There is no firm team news at this early stage, but it has been suggested that Joe Cole could make a return, maybe from the bench. Cole has been out of action since January. The other Cole (Ashley) was one of those disected by Aaron Lennon's winner three years ago, and we must hope that Lennon will enjoy more success than he did last week against Evra.

Harry Redknapp surely needs to review his team selection, and I think he will need pace and tackling power in the middle, which could mean a return to the starting line-up for Jermaine Jenas. Jonathan Woodgate, Michael Dawson and Gareth Bale could also make the squad, but the back four will probably be unchanged this week. Next week's game at Preston offers opportunities for some needed match practice for these players.

I fancy that Niko Kranjcar will start on the left on Sunday and that Robbie Keane will start alongside Defoe.

As for a prediction, I think the best I can realistically hope for is a draw, so I'll go for a 1-1.

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