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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Chelsea v Spurs, 03.12.14

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Full League Record of Tottenham Hotspur -v- Chelsea

Premier      Pl   W    D    L    For-Ag  Pts
Home         22   3    9   10    23- 39  18
Away         22   0    8   14    14- 43   8
Total (Prem) 44   3   17   23    37- 82  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) 44   3   17   23    37- 82  26
Total(Div 1) 84  39   15   30   142-107  97
Total(Div 2)  4   1    2    1     8-  8   4
Grand Total 130  43   33   56   187-197 127

Last Six Premier League results:-

Chelsea   -   WDWWWD

C. Palace  1-2   Chelsea
Man Utd    1-1   Chelsea
Chelsea    2-1   QPR
Liverpool  1-2   Chelsea
Chelsea    2-0   West Brom
S'derland  0-0   Chelsea

Spurs     -   LLWLWW

Man City   4-1   Spurs
Spurs      1-2   Newcastle
A. Villa   1-2   Spurs
Spurs      0-1   Stoke
Hull       1-2   Spurs
Spurs      2-1   Everton

Pos          P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 1. Chelsea 13 10  3  0  30-11  19   33
 9. Spurs   13  6  2  5  18-18   0   20

One day, we will witness history

Having just played and beaten the team from whom we have gained most Premier League points, we now go to the other extreme and face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. It's the one fixture we all dread, because of that nigh on 25 year history of failure to win against our West London rivals on their patch. Chelsea fans must love this one, and of course they love to remind us of their superiority.

There is no arguing with the superiority tag, is there? It's no use any more in moaning about the financial resources that have been at the disposal of Chelsea for over 10 years now, because they used to consistently beat us before they were even that good!

Why then do we Spurs fans travel every season in our hordes to this part of London, paying a princely sum for the dubious pleasure? Well, it is because one day, we will surely witness history, and a victory for Spurs.

Will this be the year? I doubt it. Jose Mourinho's side have yet to be beaten in any competition this season. The only league points they have dropped have been away to Man City and Man Utd, and on Saturday tea-time in an exciting encounter at The Stadium of Light against Sunderland, who have been able to get results against Chelsea, despite their lowly position. Why, Gus Poyet's team even managed to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge at the end of last season, during their quite miraculous escape from a relegation that looked a certainty after we thrashed them at The Lane.

One chink of light for Spurs comes in the shape of the enforced absence of Diego Costa, who collected his fifth yellow card on Saturday, and has to sit this one out. Costa has scored 11 Premier League goals in his first season, and is only beaten currently by Sergio Aguero. You can find a Spurs player in that top scoring chart, but it isn't even an out and out striker, but Nacer Chadli, who has 6 league goals to his name, and may return tonight.

Fitness permitting though, Pochettino may not want to change his side from that which excited us against Everton. Kyle Naughton is available now, after his suspension, but despite his shortcomings, Vlad Chiriches does have more top class experience as a defender. Spurs may have to face either 36 year old Didier Drogba, or perhaps Loic Remy up front.

Look, I've predicted defeat in this game, but I do think we can do better than the depressing 4-0 scoreline of last season, and the 3-0 that I predicted. A draw would be a fantastic result for us, but history? We'll have to wait for that.

Tonight's match referee is Mike Dean. Spurs have a good record overall in games with Mr Dean in charge. He is a referee who can never be accused of favouring the "big boys", that's for sure.

Spurs' record in recent London Derby matches

10 years ago on December 4th, Robbie Keane scored Spurs' winning goal at Blackburn

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