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Premier      Pl   W    D    L    For-Ag  Pts
Home         24   4   10   10    28- 42  22
Away         23   0    8   15    14- 46   8
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Total (Prem) 47   4   18   24    42- 88  30
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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) 47   4   18   24    42- 88  30
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 133  44   34   57   192-203 131
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Last Six Premier League results:-

Chelsea    -    DDWLLW

Chelsea    1-1   Stoke
Chelsea    2-2   West Ham
A. Villa   0-4   Chelsea
Swansea    1-0   Chelsea
Chelsea    0-3   Man City
B'mouth    1-4   Chelsea

Spurs      -    WWDWWD

A. Villa   0-2   Spurs
Spurs      3-0   B'mouth
Liverpool  1-1   Spurs
Spurs      3-0   Man Utd
Stoke      0-4   Spurs
Spurs      1-1   West Brom

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 2. Spurs    35 19 12  4  65-26  39   69
10. Chelsea  34 12 11 11  53-46   7   47

Time to make history

So now we know that the Premier League title race has gone into at least one more day after Leicester drew at Old Trafford. Understandably, the press has been full of the story of Leicester securing the title if they won today, but they have to wait at least until the result of our game at Stamford Bridge is known.

The fact remains that we do have to make history and win a Premier League game at "The Bridge" for the first time to prolong the title race for one more week at least.

We all know the horrible history of this fixture. It's a fact that we haven't won at Stamford Bridge for a full 26 years now, since former Leicester player and "Foxes" devotee Gary Lineker scored an 89th minute winner in a 2-1 victory for Spurs. Former Spur Graham Roberts was in the Chelsea side, as was future Spur Clive Wilson. Dave Beasant was in the Chelsea goal, and would also spend a short time on our books in 2001 as emergency cover.

What is the closest we have come to winning a Premier League game at Chelsea? We have to look at our 8 away draws, I think. We managed three draws in our first four away Premier League games, losing the other game 4-3. In February 1995 (the season of Klinsmann and the "famous five"), Teddy Sheringham gave us an 8th minute lead, but Dennis Wise got a 79th minute equaliser.

In February 2003, it was Sheringham again (after his sojurn with Man Utd) who gave us a first half lead, only for Zola to level the scores after 40 minutes. We got a creditable 0-0 in September 2004. In March 2007, we played a Sunday lunchtime FA Cup quarter-final only 2 1/2 days after a trip to Braga in Portugal for a UEFA Cup match. We took a famous 3-1 half-time lead, but Chelsea came back and saw us off in the replay.

Our most recent draw at Stamford Bridge was a 2-2 in May 2013. Adebayor and Sigurdsson scored our goals. Our last two games at "The Bridge" have been comfortable home wins for "The Blues", including 3-0 win when we were last there in December, 2014.

The fact that Manchester United managed just a draw, and that they have a vastly inferior goal difference to us does now confirm a top four finish for Tottenham Hotspur. Let us not forget that wherever we do finish this has been a great league season for Spurs. However, we are still mathematically in the title race, and we also still need two points to finish in the top three and guarantee Champions League group stage football next season.

Mauricio Pochettino will want to invoke the spirit of our 5-3 New Years' Day win of 2015 tomorrow. Eden Hazard's unwise quote of last week, and the fact that Chelsea fans hate us more than they hate any other london team makes our task as hard as ever. We also have to do the job without the suspended Dele Alli. Added to that is the concern that Eric Dier may not be fit, after suffering concussion last Monday night. If he was a rugby player, he would not be allowed to take part. I am not optimistic he will play. In our last three games, Ryan Mason, Son Heung-min and Nacer Chadli have been our three used substitutes, and they are the players hoping for more involvement tomorrow.

For Chelsea, club captain John Terry could play his first game since Chelsea's last London Derby on March 19th, when they drew at home to West Ham. Tomorrow's game will be the last London Derby match of this season in the Premier league, and barring a major defeat, Spurs will finish top of that table with Chelsea in third place behind West Ham. The "Hammers" are the only London team to have beaten us this season.

Whilst Chelsea do still have 12 points to play for, last year's Premier League Champions are unlikely to be playing European football next season. There's one piece of history for you!

I've let my heart over-rule my head again with my prediction, which is a historic 1-0 win for Spurs. That would prolong the title race and secure top three. May my dream come true!

Our match referee will be Mark Clattenburg, announced last week as this year's FA Cup Final referee. The first record I can find of Mr. Clattenburg refereeing a Spurs game was on 28th August 2004, when we beat Birmingham 1-0 at home thanks to a Jermain Defoe goal. His next game in charge of us was the infamous 0-0 at Old Trafford in January 2005, when Roy Carroll fished out Pedro Mendes' shot from a good yard beyond the goal line. Mr Clattenburg is still only 41, so he has a bit of mileage left yet. His only previous games in charge of us this season have been our wins at home and away against Man City. Pellegrini wasn't too keen about that. I loved it!

Spurs' record in recent London Derby matches

Premier League results at this stage 10 years ago

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