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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Chelsea v Spurs, 08.05.13

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Full Record of Tottenham Hotspur -v- Chelsea


Premier      Pl   W    D    L    For-Ag  Pts
Home         21   3    8   10    22- 38  17
Away         20   0    7   13    12- 37   7
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Total (Prem) 41   3   15   22    34- 75  24
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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) 41   3   15   22    34- 75  24
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 127  43   31   55   184-190 125
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Last Six Premier League results:-

Chelsea

S'hampton  2-1   Chelsea
Chelsea    2-1   S'derland
Fulham     0-3   Chelsea
Liverpool  2-2   Chelsea
Chelsea    2-0   Swansea
Man Utd    0-1   Chelsea

Spurs

Spurs      0-1   Fulham
Swansea    1-2   Spurs
Spurs      2-2   Everton
Spurs      3-1   Man City
Wigan      2-2   Spurs
Spurs      1-0   S'hampton

Pos          P   W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
3. Chelsea  35  20  8  7  69-35  34   68
5. Spurs    35  19  8  8  61-43  18   65

Looking for a bookend win

Near the start of the season, in their sixth Premier League game, Spurs achieved a momentous first Premier League win at Old Trafford, historically one of the top four sides against whom Spurs have consistently failed to win. Now, with three games to go, Spurs are seeking a similarly record-breaking win to draw level on points with Chelsea, and gain the first of three wins to secure Champions League football. Can we gain such a significant bookend win?

It will be game 52 of a 54 game season for Spurs, whilst for Chelsea it will be game 66 of a 70 game season, which started with the Community Shield, and has included Champions League, European Super-Cup, Club World Cup, Europa League and domestic cup football, in which they prgressed to the semi-final stage of both competitions. Their end of season programme includes another European final, against Benfica in Amsterdam next Wednesday, when Spurs were hoping to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of their own piece of European history. Chelsea were of course the conquerors of FC Basel, who Spurs were unable to beat last month.

Despite their arduous programme, Chelsea really show no sign of tiring. Interim manager Rafa Benitez has been rigorous in his use of his beloved rotation policy, and to be honest, with the strength of their squad, and the results achieved in the run-in, who can question Benitez's wisdom? Chelsea fans can, of course, and it likely they will be berating both their current manager and a former manager tomorrow night. Andre Villas-Boas has of course been saying all the right things, but he'll be hoping to prove a big point tomorrow.

Chelsea are not the team Spurs would want to be playing at this crucial stage. Our worst Premier League points record is against Manchester United, but we have managed four wins against United, as opposed to just three Premier League wins (all at home, and all in the last 6 1/2 years) against Chelsea. Because we have drawn more games, we have at least managed to gain three more points against Chelsea than against United.

Chelsea's last league defeat was on 30th March at Southampton. Since then, they've won four and drawn one league game. Spurs have also lost only one of their last six games, but drawn one more, and looked less convincing on their run-in. It didn't go down well with Spurs fans that Sir Alex Ferguson almost gifted Chelsea their win at Old Trafford on Sunday, now that the title has been won, and apparently the United manager is concentrating on giving players such as Anderson and Lindegaard sufficient appearances to qualify for a Premiership medal. I suppose we should be grateful that United did manage to gain a point at The Emirates the week before.

A win for Chelsea would secure Champions League football, due to their superior goal difference, so Spurs certainly have it all to do. Frank Lampard is still looking for that goal-scoring record and is within one goal of Bobby Tambling's 202 goal tally. Lampard will be hoping for two goals in the remaining games this season, but who is to say he will start tomorrow? He has started the last two games, and could be due for a Benitez break. Hazard and Mikel were missing on Sunday, but both could be in the reckoning for tomorrow night's game.

I well remember one of Bobby Tambling's goals against Spurs. It came in the 1967 FA Cup Final, in which Spurs had gone 2-0 up through Jimmy Robertson and Frank Saul. I was watching the game on TV, and the commentator was Kenneth Wolstenholme. Just after he said "There are just five minutes left for Spurs to old on to this two goal lead", up popped Tambling to head a Boyle cross over the out-stretched arms of big Pat Jennings. It was the last goal Tambling ever scored against Spurs, who finished 2-1 winners that day. I cursed Wolstenholme, and feared the curse of the commentator, but all was well in the end!

Lampard has scored a few goals against us of course (not all over the line), and we'll be happy not to see him tomorrow, and certainly to not see him score.

Spurs have injury and fitness fears over Mousa Dembele and Aaron Lennon, both of whom left the Southampton game early, and also Scott Parker who didn't make the start of that game. Hopefully, they'll all be available. Adebayor did enough for me to justify a start tomorrow night, but I expect we'll be relying upon yet another moment or two of magic from triple footballer of the year Gareth Bale.

David Luiz will be in for plenty of stick from the Spurs fans after his joyful reaction to getting a fellow professional sent off, but of course there are one or two other potential targets in the Chelsea squad for ritual abuse. They may not start though!

At the end of the day, history and statistics do not dictate the result of any one individual game, so tomorrow's match starts with a clean and fresh palette. Whilst I sincerely hope it will be a historic night for Spurs, I cannot approach the game with any optimism, and I fear a 2-1 defeat, which would leave us hoping for success at Stoke and at home to Sunderland, with Arsenal perhaps slipping up against relegation battlers Wigan and/or Newcastle. Now that COULD still happen!

The match referee will be Mike Dean, who also refereed this season's home defeat by Chelsea.

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