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Full League Record of Tottenham Hotspur -v- Chelsea

Premier      Pl   W    D    L    For-Ag  Pts
Home         23   4    9   10    28- 42  21
Away         23   0    8   15    14- 46   8
Total (Prem) 46   4   17   24    42- 88  29
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) 46   4   17   24    42- 88  29
Total(Div 1) 84  39   15   30   142-107  97
Total(Div 2)  4   1    2    1     8-  8   4
Grand Total 132  44   33   57   192-203 130

Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs      -    DDWWDW

Swansea    2-2   Spurs
Spurs      0-0   Liverpool
B'mouth    1-5   Spurs
Spurs      3-1   A. Villa
Arsenal    1-1   Spurs
Spurs      4-1   West Ham

Chelsea    -    LWLLLW

Chelsea    1-3   S'hampton
Chelsea    2-0   A. Villa
West Ham   2-1   Chelsea
Chelsea    1-3   Liverpool
Stoke      1-0   Chelsea
Chelsea    1-0   Norwich

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 5. Spurs    13  6  6  1  24-11  13   24
15. Chelsea  13  4  2  7  17-23  -6   14

Why have Chelsea been so bad?

Why have last season's Premier League Champions been so bad this season? Nobody has really put their finger on the reason, and if Jose Mourinho could find the answer he obviously would use it! There are several theories regarding the early season troubles at Stamford Bridge. You cannot say it started with the Eva Carneiro issue, although rumours exist to the effect that one or more players felt closer to Ms Carneiro than they did to their manager. The suggestion was made that some players were not playing for Mourinho.

It was in Chelsea's first league game of the season though when Carneiro raced onto the pitch to treat last season's PFA Player of the year Eden Hazard, without Mourinho's approval. Chelsea only drew that game, and now they have already lost 7 league games, which is more than they lost in each of the previous two seasons already.

Apart from morale, too many players have simply lost form. Hazard scored 14 club goals last season, but has yet to score this season for Chelsea in any competition. Hard man Diego Costa has only scored three league goals. Right back Ivanovic, who has been such a stalwart in recent years is no longer even an automatic choice. The list goes on.

Chelsea, with a strong team selection, did thrash Maccabi Tel Aviv 4-0 on Tuesday night, significantly two nights before Spurs' game in Azerbaijan. Chelsea's player of the season Willian, (snatched from Spurs' grasp two years ago) scored one of Chelsea's goals, and has scored 8 goals for club and country so far this season. Willian's free kicks have often worried goalkeepers.

First choice keeper Courtois has been injured since early in the season, but no real blame has been attributed to his replacement Begovic, who was signed in the summer from Stoke when Petr Cech moved to Arsenal. Spurs famously made 1 million out of Begovic, who was sold by Portsmouth to Stoke five years ago, when he should have been coming to Spurs!

At some point this season, Chelsea have to get back their form. The hope for Spurs must be that Tuesday's win does not herald that event.

Mind you, in-form Spurs have nothing to fear from any team, especially as we beat Chelsea 5-3 in the fantastic New Year's Day game. (Spurs 5 Chelsea 3). Harry Kane scored twice that day, and we thoroughly deserved our win.

Chelsea's 4-0 win on Tuesday night was a repeat of the scoreline against the same opposition at Stamford Bridge in September. Following that game, "The Blues" beat Arsenal 2-0 at home, despite their various pitfalls this season.

Jose Mourinho has been playing mind games in the run-up to this game, saying that Pochettino has nothing to complain about regarding Spurs' travel and fixture schedule this week. Mourinho did pass several compliments regarding Spurs, and even suggested they could win the title this season!

Hopefully, Spurs have travelled well after Thursday night's late game and arduous flight. Team news is awaited, but I suspect Lamela will be fit enough to play, and join Walker, Rose and Dembele, who stayed at home mid-week. As I wrote in my Qarabag report, Spurs played the first half on Thursday at training ground pace, and I think their energy levels have been preserved well for this game. Alli is suspended for this game, so I think we could line up with Lloris; Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Dier, Dembele, Son, Eriksen, Lamela and Kane.

Mourinho has injury worries about John Terry and Ramires, and says he has resolved his mid-week row with Diego Costa.

We all know the stakes here on top of the usual London Derby match pride. With Leicester playing Manchester United tonight, one or both teams has to lose points, giving Spurs a chance to close the gap on o ne or both of the top two. Should Leicester win, then Spurs would overtake United if we beat Chelsea, as we have a better goal difference!

Spurs also have a great chance to extend the gap between us and Chelsea to a massive and unprecedented 13 points. It's a generation since we have been so far above the West London team, but of course, Mourinho will be desperate to close that gap to seven points, and draw further away from the relegation zone. How I enjoyed writing that!

It's a 12 noon kick-off on BT Sport, and with security again heightened, supporters are ancouraged to arrive early. I am hopeful for a Spurs win and predict a 2-1! I'll be considering this Ladrokes promo code, and you might like to check it out too!

Tomorrow's match referee will be Michael Oliver, who we last saw for our home win against Crystal Palace in September. Mr. Oliver has been around for a while now. He was also in action in Europe on Thursday night, when he had charge of Sparta Prage v Asteras Tripolis. Mr Oliver issued 4 yellow cards, one of which was a second for a Sparta Prague player. Mr Oliver has usually been marked pretty well by Spurs Odyssey readers but got his lowest ever mark (2.8) when he was in charge of our 4-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge in March 2014. He awarded a penalty and sent off Younes Kaboul for "being the last man". That card was subsequently rescinded.

Spurs' record in recent London Derby matches

Premier League results 10 years ago this week . George best remembered. Chelsea and Spurs win away.

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