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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Chelsea v Spurs - 24.03.12

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Premier      Pl   W    D    L    For-Ag  Pts
Home         20   3    8    9    20- 34  17
Away         19   0    6   13    12- 37   6
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Total (Prem) 39   3   14   21    32- 71  23
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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) 39   3   14   21    32- 71  23
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 Total 125  43   30   54   182-186 124
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Last Six Premiership results:-

Chelsea

Chelsea    3-3   Man Utd
Everton    2-0   Chelsea
Chelsea    3-0   Bolton
West Brom  1-0   Chelsea
Chelsea    1-0   Stoke
Man City   2-1   Chelsea

Spurs

Liverpool  0-0   Spurs
Spurs      5-0   Newcastle
Arsenal    5-2   Spurs
Spurs      1-3   Man Utd
Everton    1-0   Spurs
Spurs      1-1   Stoke

Pos        P  W  D  L  F-A  GD  Pts
4 Spurs   29 16  6  7 53-35 18  54
5 Chelsea 29 14  7  8 49-34 15  49

Will the real Spurs please step forward?

Will the real Spurs please step forward tomorrow at Stamford Bridge? Oh, perhaps we don't want that, because the real Spurs have still not managed a Premier League win at The Bridge, and despite quite often taking a lead against the West London team, have recently failed to hold onto that advantage by the time the game has ended.

For example, in December, Adebayor gave us an 8th minute lead, scoring from close range from a powerful low cross by Gareth Bale ON THE LEFT, with goalkeeper Peter Cech perhaps bottling his attempt to reach the ball. Chelsea levelled in the 23rd minute through Sturridge, with no little thanks to a crafty handball by Ashley Cole on the left before he crossed the ball. (Spurs 1 Chelsea 1 - 22nd December, 2011)

In last year's game at The Bridge, we also justifiably felt cheated, when Lampard's shot from outside the box was not held, but was retrieved by the enigmatic Gomes, and the ball did not cross the goal-line. Nonetheless, referee Andre Marriner, advised by his assistant awarded a goal which gave Chelsea a great pyschological boost at half-time. The goal equalised Sandro's fantastic 30 yard curler. Our day was ruined by a late, late winner by Salomon Kalou. Chelsea's win kept them in the title hunt, three points behind Man Utd with three games to go. (Chelsea 2 Spurs 1 - 30.04.11)

This year of course, Chelsea have been out of the title race for quite a while, and Spurs can claim to have been involved in a three-way race until their recent terrible dip in form. Our involvement probably ended the day we lost at The Etihad Stadium to be honest. Whatever happens tomorrow, we will remain above Chelsea, who do have a fight on their hands even to finish in the top four. This is unprecedented since the Abramovich involvement.

AVB finally got the sack after defeat at West Brom at the beginning of this month, and since then Chelsea's form has definitely been boosted under the leadership of caretaker Roberto Di Matteo (or is it really John Terry in charge, judging by some of his touchline signals in a recent game from behind Di Matteo's back?). Whilst they lost on Wednesday night to Man City, Di Matteo led his team to a fantastic comeback in the Champions League game against Napoli, and before Wednesday the fomer MK Dons manager had enjoyed 4 consecutive wins in League and Cup games.

Di Matteo seems to have more faith in the old guard at Chelsea (Terry, Lampard and Drogba) than did his predecessor, who perhaps was also too technical for his own good. Sometimes, I can't help feeling that the old Brian Clough policy of putting the ball on the ground and saying "There's the ball, go and play with it!" was a good one.

All this good news for Chelsea is bad news for Spurs of course. More bad news is the fact that Aaron Lennon is still unavailable, and that Adebayor remains a doubt. We desperately need more width on both sides, and Adebayor's ability to knit the attack together; hold the ball up; and feed the runners. On the other hand, Chelsea are not going to be putting a Stoke-type wall between us and their goal, so we should get more space in the middle and down those flanks, if we can use it.

Harry Redknapp would claim that the real Spurs did play well against Man Utd and "battered" Everton in the second half at Goodison Park. The real Spurs I want to see is the team that pulverised Newcastle 5-0 on February 11th; and the team that went on that 11 match unbeaten run after those two early season defeats. The team we are watching currently does not match the form we have witnessed earlier in the season. That Spurs team could get a draw tomorrow, which would be a good result to keep us 4 points above Chelsea. A win would be a dream result, and has been a dream since some of you weren't born, and many of you were in short trousers. I can't in my heart see the dream coming to reality tomorrow, and, as usual, will hope for a draw.

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