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Full Record of Tottenham Hotspur -v- Chelsea

Premier      Pl   W    D    L    For-Ag  Pts
Home         18   3    6    9    18- 32  15
Away         18   0    6   12    11- 35   6
Total (Prem) 36   3   12   21    29- 67  21
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) 36   3   12   21    29- 67  21
Total(Div 1) 84  39   15   30   142-107  97
Total(Div 2)  4   1    2    1     8-  8   4
Grand Total 122  43   28   53   179-182 122

Last Six Premiership results:-

Bolton     4-2   Spurs
Spurs      1-1   S'derland
Spurs      4-2   Blackburn
Arsenal    2-3   Spurs
Spurs      2-1   Liverpool
B'mingham  1-1   Spurs


Liverpool  2-0   Chelsea
Chelsea    1-0   Fulham
Chelsea    0-3   S'derland
B'mingham  1-0   Chelsea
Newcastle  1-1   Chelsea
Chelsea    1-1   Everton

Pos         P  W  D  L   F-A  GD  Pts
3 Chelsea  16  9  3  4  30-11 19  30
5 Spurs    16  7  5  4  24-21  3  26
When Spurs beat Chelsea!

When Spurs beat Chelsea in November 2006a horrible run of nearly 20 years without a league victory for Spurs in this fixture was sensationally brought to an end. Chelsea were involved in the league title race in second place on 25 points, with Spurs lagging 13 points behind in mid-table. We were though in good form in the UEFA Cup, having won all four of our games in a run that would take us to the quarter-final against Juande Ramos's Seville.

After a rare Makelele goal that added to the catalogue of long distance shots conceded by Spurs in that early season, Michael Dawson headed Spurs level from a Jenas free kick after a cynical foul on Dimitar Berbatov. Then in the second half, Aaron Lennon brilliantly disected the attempts of Chelsea skipper John Terry and Ashley Cole with a shot that brought a lead that Spurs held for a historic win.

When Spurs beat Chelsea in the 2008 Carling Cup Final, Juande Ramos brought Spurs his one success in his short reign as our manager with another 2-1 win. Drogba scored from a first half free kick, before Wayne Bridge juggled the ball in the area for Spurs to be awarded a second half penalty from which Berbatov scored. In extra time our hero Jonathan Woodgate scored a brave winner; substitute Tainio taunted Drogba about the score, and we celebrated long into the night.

4 weeks later, Spurs drew 4-4 at home in the league, with Robbie Keane scoring a brilliant late final equaliser.

When Spurs beat Chelsea 1-0 in March 2009 the Spurs hero was Luka Modric after seizing upon a Lennon cross and drilling a low shot past Petr Cech's out-stretched left hand.

When Spurs beat Chelsea last April the match came just three days after we had beaten our other main London rivals (Arsenal) at home. Spurs hero of 2010, Gareth Bale scored in both these games, and put Spurs two up with his right foot just before half-time. Jermain Defoe had given us a fifteenth minute lead from the penalty spot, after referee Phil Dowd had spotted a handball by John Terry. Frank Lampard did get a goal in the last minute, but Spurs had the game won and marched on into a Champions League slot by the end of the season. This was the last time that Defoe scored from the penalty spot.

When Spurs beat Chelsea tomorrow, most of the Spurs heroes mentioned above will be available. Michael Dawson is fit again, and played in a mid-week friendly at Spurs Lodge (and scored). Dawson may well challenge Sebastien Bassong for his place, although I suspect he will spend a third game starting from the bench. Luka Modric sat out Tuesday's Champions League game with 'flu', but he'll be back and probably sitting in central midfield beside Wilson Palacios. It was from this position that Luka struck in April, and he has played there with such good effect in many games now.

when Spurs beat Chelsea tomorrow, Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe are also likely to be in the starting line-up. Lennon has showed better form in recent games, and hopefully will relish the challenge against Ashley Cole. Bale can make hay on the other side, and a twin pronged first choice attack of Defoe and Crouch can convert the chances created from the wings and from the feet of Modric. (Rafael van der Vaart will not be fit)

When Spurs beat Chelsea tomorrow, their spirits will be high, whilst Chelsea are in surely the worst form they have shown in the league for many years. Only 5 teams are currently below Chelsea in the 6 match form guide, during which Chelsea have won only one game and gained just 5 points. Spurs have won three of those games and have 11 points in the same period. Chelsea will be missing the injured Alex, Boswinga and Lampard, but will still include top-line players such as Cech, Cole, Terry, Essien, Drogba and Anelka.

When Spurs beat Chelsea tomorrow, we will be just one point behind them and will firmly place ourselves in the title race. Those words read and sound quite unbelievable for a long-suffering Spurs fan who was used to mid-table mediocrity. With the top teams playing each other in the next few weeks, and Spurs having a run of "winnable" games, we may be even better off in January. Come on you Spurs! Let the spirit of Woodgate fire you! Let's do it!

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