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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Chelsea v Spurs, 30.04.11

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Full Record of Tottenham Hotspur -v- Chelsea

Premier      Pl   W    D    L    For-Ag  Pts
Home         19   3    7    9    19- 33  16
Away         18   0    6   12    11- 35   6
Total (Prem) 37   3   13   21    30- 68  22
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) 37   3   13   21    30- 68  22
Total(Div 1) 84  39   15   30   142-107  97
Total(Div 2)  4   1    2    1     8-  8   4
Grand Total 123  43   29   53   180-183 123

Last Six Premiership results:-


Chelsea    2-0   Man City
Stoke      1-1   Chelsea
Chelsea    1-0   Wigan
West Brom  1-3   Chelsea
Chelsea    3-1   B'mingham
Chelsea    3-0   West Ham

Wolves     3-3   Spurs
Spurs      0-0   West Ham
Wigan      0-0   Spurs
Spurs      3-2   Stoke
Spurs      3-3   Arsenal
Spurs      2-2   West Brom

Pos         P  W  D  L   F-A  GD  Pts
2 Chelsea  34 20  7  7  64-27 37  67
5 Spurs    33 14 13  6  49-41  8  55

It's a big ask, isn't it?

It's over 18 months since we've been to Stamford Bridge, and that was not a pleasant experience, as we lost 3-0 in our sixth game of the season. We'd had such a good start, winning our first four games, but then lost to both Manchester United and Chelsea. Chelsea had made an even better start and topped the league, winning their first 6 games. Funnily enough, after beating us they lost at Wigan, who we beat 9-1 later in the season.

One of my criticisms of Harry Redknapp on that occasion was that he did not make the best use of Lennon. Some things just don't change do they, because we also lost Ledley King to injury after 48 minutes.

We used to have an appalling record against Chelsea, and have done better in recent years winning three home league games, but we still have not done it in the Premier League at their place. Their current form of 4 consecutive league wins and 9 league games unbeaten is formidable, despite the mocking of 50 million play-thing Fernando Torres. Torres did break his duck last week against West Ham, but perhaps with the assistance of a very localised downpour at The Bridge.

Spurs' league form is quite the opposite to that of Chelsea, with only 1 win and 5 draws in our last 6 games. Only Man Utd have been beaten less than us in league matches, but our inability to put to bed games against lower league sides has led us to pay too dearly. Chelsea remain in the hunt for the title race, and we haven't given up on top four, but many Spurs fans have given up, and even go so far as to hope that we don't make fifth place and The Europa League.

I find the desire to skip Europe weird to be honest, and I'll take any form of European football, thank you very much.

This season's home game against Chelsea was an illustration of the enigmatic nature of our goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes. Spurs had taken a fifteenth minute lead after both Bale and Ekotto had been involved in the build up, before Jermain Defoe's final pass for Pavlyuchenko, who fired home. Unfortunately, we saw the down side of Gomes, when he could not hold Drogba's shot, fired straight at him. However, with added time looming, Gomes was deemed to have fouled Ramires, but saved Drogba's penalty to at least make sure Spurs got a well-deserved draw. We were on an unbeaten run of 7 games, which would last until the New Year at Goodison Park.

Sadly for Spurs, ace left back Benoit Assou-Ekotto will not be available for tomorrow's game, which means that Gareth Bale will probably play at left back, and that perhaps Steven Pienaar will make his first start for Spurs since 9th March at home to AC Milan. Tom Huddlestone will also apparently be out with an ankle injury, but I'll be honest and state here and now that I don't think that will be a bad thing, as Sandro's defensive skills will be much needed to stem the Chelsea tide. I'd like to see Lennon properly placed on the right wing, and give Van der Vaart a role behind one of our three strikers. The BBC say that Ledley has a slim chance of being there, but Spurs say he is out. Gallas and Dawson will do for me against a possible pairing of Drogba and Torres. Contrary to earlier rumours, Chelsea have their full squad available.

As for predictions, form dictates that Chelsea will win this one, but I'm going for the law of irony that says Spurs will get a result here, and that sadly it will be too late for us to catch Man City. Whatever the result tomorrow, we'll all have to be West Ham fans for the day on Sunday, when they play City!

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