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Spurs 1 Chelsea 1 - 22nd December, 2011
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Full Record of Tottenham Hotspur -v- Chelsea

Premier      Pl   W    D    L    For-Ag  Pts
Home         20   3    8    9    20- 34  17
Away         20   0    7   13    12- 37   7
Total (Prem) 40   3   15   21    32- 71  24
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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) 40   3   15   21    32- 71  24
Total(Div 1) 84  39   15   30   142-107  97
Total(Div 2)  4   1    2    1     8-  8   4
Grand Total 126  43   31   54   182-186 125

Last Six Premier League results:-


Spurs      1-1   West Brom
Spurs      1-1   Norwich
Reading    1-3   Spurs
Spurs      2-1   QPR
Man Utd    2-3   Spurs
Spurs      2-0   A. Villa


Chelsea    4-2   Reading
Chelsea    2-0   Newcastle
QPR        0-0   Chelsea
Chelsea    1-0   Stoke
Arsenal    1-2   Chelsea
Chelsea    4-1   Norwich

Pos         P   W  D  L   F-A  GD  Pts
1. Chelsea  7   6  1  0  15-4  11   19
5. Spurs    7   4  2  1  13-8   5   14

Bring on the League leaders!

All the previews will no doubt focus on Andre Villas-Boas, and his desire to gain some revenge after his experience with Chelsea last season, but I'd like to mention Spurs' right winger Aaron Lennon.

The club's official website recently focused upon Lennon's record of scoring in 26 Spurs games, and on all of those occasions, we have never been beaten. Lennon's third goal for us came on that historic day when we beat Chelsea for the first time in the Premier League, after 29 attempts on November 5th, 2006. (Spurs 2 Chelsea 1 - 05/11/2006). Lennon beautifully dissected the attempts of both John Terry and Ashley Cole with a left foot shot to score the Spurs winner. There is a great shot of the goal, with Lennon in the act of scoring, and the two Chelsea defenders on the floor with feet desperately out-stretched to try and prevent the goal. I find some significance in those particular Chelsea men on the floor, whilst a Spurs man was upstanding. I'll let you conjure up your own judgements.

John Terry had until 6 p.m. today (Thursday 18.10.12)to either accept or appeal the FA's 4-match ban, following the incident last year with Anton Ferdinand. Terry chose to accept the ban, and has at last made a contrite statement regarding the incident and his behaviour. Our game will be the first of the Premier League games he will miss. he will still be available for Champions League matches.

Since that 2006 win, we have played Chelsea 15 times in all competitions, and won 3, drawn 5, and lost 7. It's still not a good record, but it is an improvement, and has made it a long time since we used to talk about that long hoodoo that the West London club held over us. One of those defeats was last season's FA Cup semi-final, about which I'll say no more than Chelsea's controversial second goal killed us pyschologically. That's not the only time we have suffered at the hands of Chelsea and controversial goal-line decisions in recent years either.

Aaron Lennon will have returned from England duty in good condition, having played only in the low-key San Marino game last Friday. Similarly, Kyle Walker played no part in the delayed game in Poland. Jermain Defoe came off after 67 minutes, so he should be okay. There are concerns though about the fitness of Mousa Dembele who was withdrawn at half-time on Tuesday in Belgium's win against Scotland, apparently with a hip strain. Hopefully, he will be okay. Clint Dempsey has had a long trip and two 90 minute games for the USA. Clint scored two and had an assist in his country's 3-1 win over Guatemala. Spurs team news makes no reference to any absence of Dembele, so we must assume his half-time removal (replaced by Chelsea's Eden Hazard) was a precaution.

chelsea will have similar concerns to us over their squad members' International commitments and ability to compete at full pace in this Saturday's early kick-off game. Spurs fans had harboured fantasies about signing Eden Hazard and the Brazilian midfielder Oscar in the summer, but Mr Abramovitch continues to spend money like water, which is not a commodity or ability that ENIC-owned Spurs have in such quantity.

Roberto Di Matteo certainly landed on his feet when he took over the Chelsea reins from AVB in March this year. Di Matteo had moderate success as a manager at Milton Keynes and was dismissed from the post at West Brom (in favour of Roy Hodgson) before returning to Chelsea. Within just over two months, he won the FA Cup, and then of course the Champions League, which meant that Chelsea, not Spurs play in this year's Champions League. No doubt there will be some chants from both sets of fans about that this week, but we did finish fourth to their sixth in the league.

Chelsea are unbeaten in the league this season, and Spurs are unbeaten in their last 6 league games, and three other games. Confidence and morale is high on both sides. Desire will be un-mitigated. Form is excellent on both sides. The main deciding issue could be energy levels after the International commitments of so many players involved.

Spurs have beaten Chelsea twice in the last three years, and there is no reason why they shouldn't do it again. However, the best I can predict is a scoring draw. See you there!

10 years ago on 20th October, Spurs beat Bolton 3-1. Robbie Keane scored twice

..... and 10 years ago this week, Wayne Rooney became the youngest ever Premier League scorer, enabling Everton to beat Arsenal!

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