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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Chelsea v Spurs, 08.03.14

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Full Record of Tottenham Hotspur -v- Chelsea

Premier      Pl   W    D    L    For-Ag  Pts
Home         22   3    9   10    23- 39  18
Away         21   0    8   13    14- 39   8
Total (Prem) 43   3   17   22    37- 78  26
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) 43   3   17   22    37- 78  26
Total(Div 1) 84  39   15   30   142-107  97
Total(Div 2)  4   1    2    1     8-  8   4
Grand Total 129  43   33   55   187-193 127

Last Six Premier League results:-

Chelsea - DWWDWW

Chelsea    0-0   West Ham
Man City   0-1   Chelsea
Chelsea    3-0   Newcastle
West Brom  1-1   Chelsea
Chelsea    1-0   Everton
Fulham     1-3   Chelsea

Spurs    - LDWWLW

Spurs      1-5   Man City
Hull       1-1   Spurs
Spurs      1-0   Everton
Newcastle  0-4   Spurs
Norwich    1-0   Spurs
Spurs      1-0   Cardiff

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 1. Chelsea  28 19  6  3  52-22  30   63
 5. Spurs    28 16  5  7  37-33   4   53

Have we got a team bus?

This will be our 130th league meeting with Chelsea and Spurs need all three points to make it 130 points gathered from those games.

A win is hardly likely though from a team which has never won a Premier League game at Chelsea, and not won at Stamford Bridge since February 1990, when Gary Lineker and David Howells scored in a 2-1 Spurs win. That's a stat you will see reeled out in various quarters this week-end and probably during Sky's tea-time coverage of the game tomorrow. I am sorry to mention it again.

Chelsea aren't the only team we have failed to beat in the Premier League away from home. Swindon, Barnsley and Blackpool are perhaps surprising inclusions in that list, but then they are teams that have paid only a fleeting visit to the elite league in English football.

Chelsea are the last remaining team of the 7 ever-present Premier League sides that we have not beaten away, and there could not be a better time to break this last hoodoo than tomorrow.

Jose Mourinho is forever courted by the press for a quote, and in the past accused Spurs of bringing the team bus, and recently moaned about Sam Allardyce's West Ham playing Victorian football (19th Century) when "The Hammers" recently got a precious 0-0 at The Bridge.

With Tim Sherwood in charge, Mourinho won't get Victorian football from Spurs, and with the available personnel, it is highly unlikely we will be parking the team bus in front of goal.

Once again, Spurs have been somewhat reticent with team news. Physio room (see the link on this page) lists Fryers, Eriksen, Rose, Kaboul, Walker, Capoue, Lamela and Chiriches as injured. Promisingly, of those players, Eriksen, Kaboul and Walker could be available, as they are said to be fit tomorrow. We shall see.

That list does therefore suggest that Sandro will be available, and his tigerish battling abilities will be much required. Emmanuel Adebayor is likely to be a sole striker. Adebayor scored a simply brilliant goal in our 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge last May. he could be supported by a wildcard entry for Spurs in the shape of Gyfli Sigurdsson, who has only made one start for Spurs since the turn of the year, but played 90 minutes for Iceland the other night. Sigurdsson also scored in that 2-2 game, and got a good goal in our 1-1 home draw last September.

Paulinho, Dembele and Lennon are surely going to be in the mix for Spurs, who can draw a degree of encouragement from their more recent league record against Chelsea, where they have won 1, drawn 5, and lost 2 of the last 8 league meetings.

Chelsea's injury list is very short. The only long-standing entry relates to 21 year old midfielder Marco van Ginkel, signed at the beginning of the season from Vitesse. he's still got 6 weeks to go recovering from a cruciate knee injury sustained in September in a League Cup game at Swindon.

Chelsea's top scorer is not a striker, but midfielder Eden Hazard, who suffered a knock midweek playing for Belgium, but should be fit tomorrow. The man who nearly came to Spurs - Willian - has been getting more starts recently, as has Eto'o. Schurrle, who got a hat-trick against Fulham last week might start on the bench. The fact is that top of the league Chelsea do have one of the strongest squads going, and Mourinho has all the options in the world.

I dream about a headline such as "Adebayor ends the hoodoo", but it would be foolhardly of me to make a more positive prediction than an honourable draw. We all know points are going to be at a premium for us in this tough March programme. Tomorrow's result could set the benchmark.

Did you know? - Chelsea Football Club might never have existed had Fulham not rejected an offer to rent Stamford Bridge in 1905? The then owner (not a Russian) was persuaded of the benefits of football, and subsequently created this club which first won a major honour in 1955. They have, of course, won a lot since......

Tomorrow's referee will be Michael Oliver, last in charge of Spurs for our home game against Crystal Palace.

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