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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Chelsea v Spurs, 26.11.16

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Full League Record of Tottenham Hotspur -v- Chelsea

Premier      Pl   W    D    L    For-Ag  Pts
Home         24   4   10   10    28- 42  22
Away         24   0    9   15    16- 48   9
Total (Prem) 48   4   19   24    44- 90  31
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) 48   4   19   24    44- 90  31
Total(Div 1) 84  39   15   30   142-107  97
Total(Div 2)  4   1    2    1     8-  8   4
Grand Total 134  44   35   57   194-205 132

Last Six Premier League results:-

Chelsea    -    WWWWWW

Hull       0-2   Chelsea
Chelsea    3-0   Leicester
Chelsea    4-0   Man Utd
S'hampton  0-2   Chelsea
Chelsea    5-0   Everton
M'brough   0-1   Chelsea

Spurs      -    WDDDDW

Spurs      2-0   Man City
West Brom  1-1   Spurs
B'mouth    0-0   Spurs
Spurs      1-1   Leicester
Arsenal    1-1   Spurs
Spurs      3-2   West Ham

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
1. Chelsea   12  9  1  2  27-9   18   28 
5. Spurs     12  6  6  0  18-8   10   24

Immense task for Spurs

Eyebrows were raised and questions were asked about Mauricio Pochettino's decision to rest key defenders Kyle Walker and Jan Vertonghen for their crucial Champions League game in Monaco on Tuesday night. Walker's cover at right back, Kieran Trippier, came in for plenty of stick from Spurs fans, but it must be remembered that Trippier played 90 minutes and a key part in their one Group E win in Moscow against CSKA.

It didn't work out for Spurs against Monaco, but manager Mauricio Pochettino realises he faces an immense task to even match Chelsea tomorrow. We all know that Spurs' Premier League record at Stamford Bridge is awful. Spurs remain unbeaten in their 12 Premier League games, but the records of these two teams do not truly bear comparison over the last 6 games. Both are unbeaten, yes, but not only have Chelsea won all six games, they haven't even conceded one goal in those games, which include big wins over reigning Champions Leicester and pre-season hopefuls Manchester United and Everton. Spurs scraped that win last week against West Ham, and their previous win was at home to Manchester City in early October.

Spurs have scored 7 goals in their last 8 games in all competitions but 5 of those have been penalties. In their last 8 games, Chelsea have scored 18 goals, all of which have been in open play. Even defensive midfielder N'golo Kante - signed in the summer from Leicester - has scored during this spell. He scored one goal all season for Leicester.

You will get long odds on a win if you're betting on Tottenham tomorrow! Despite the return of Walker and Vertonghen, Spurs will be missing four players with Toby Alderweireld, Erik Lamela and Ben Davies injured, and left back Danny Rose having to serve a one-match suspension after his fifth booking last week against West Ham.

It's hard not to like and admire this man Antonio Conte, who left his position as manager of the Italian national team to take over at Chelsea. Conte enthuses on the bench, but bears none of the arrogance of his last full-time predecessor at Chelsea, who was so well beaten when United came to town. After suffering a massive 3-0 defeat at Arsenal, Conte switched to a 3-4-3 formation, which has worked a treat, not least because, with no European football, and now an exit from the League Cup, Chelsea are able to concentrate on Premier League success, and also the fact he has been able to field an unchanged side for most of that time (the last five Premier League games). Conte has taken Chelsea to the top of the Premier League for the first time since they won it in 2014-15.

With no injuries to report, we can expect another unchanged Chelsea line-up of Courtois; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonson; Pedro, Diego Costa and Hazard. The formation has allowed freedom to Hazard, who has once again reached the form which won him the player of the Year award for 2014-15. In that season, Hazard scored 14 league goals. Last season, he scored only 4, one of which was in possibly his best game of the season in that epic 2-2 draw against Spurs. In fact, Hazard, and Chelsea probably played their best 45 minutes of football in that second half when they scored twice and ended our faint hopes of a first Premier League title.

Pochettino copied the Chelsea formatiom in a good performance and a merited draw at The Emirates, and with the enforced absences and lack of suitable personnel, the likelihood is that we'll see that again tomorrow. Spurs could line up with Lloris; Dier, Wimmer, Vertonghen; Walker, Wanyama, Dembele, Winks/N'Koudou; Eriksen, Kane, Alli. Note that Pochettino does have options in front of his defence with Janssen, Son and Sissoko no doubt in the squad. One major problem for Spurs is the lack of goals scored in open play.

It is indeed an immense task for Spurs, and I for one do not fancy our chances of a) getting that historic first away win at Stamford Bridge in 26 years, and b) maintaining our unbeaten Premier League record. A draw is the best I can hope for, but I fear the worst.

Did you know? - Johnny Brooks, who played for Spurs and Chelsea, amongst other clubs, sadly passed away in June this year, aged 84. Brooks was signed by Spurs from Reading in 1953 by manager Arthur Rowe. Born in December, 1931, Johnny would have celebrated his 85th birthday next month. Johnny was an inside-forward, and scored a total of 51 goals in his Spurs career, including two against Chelsea in a 4-0 win at White Hart Lane in February 1956. He played three times for England, but had the mis-fortune to have to compete with Johnny Haynes for a place.

Johnny moved to Chelsea in December 1959 (when Les Allen moved the other way), but didn't have the same degree of success, moving on to Brentford in 1961, finishing his professional career in England with Crystal Palace briefly before another short spell with Toronto in Canada.

Tomorrow's match referee will be Michael Oliver, last seen in charge of Spurs for their home game (and win) against Crystal Palace in August. At the age of 31, Mr. Oliver is already something of a veteran at this level, having been on the Premier League list for 6 years now. His last game in charge of Chelsea was their 3-0 defeat at Arsenal in September.

Spurs' record in recent London Derby matches

Reviewing Spurs' last Champions League Season - 2010-11. 6 years ago on 28th November, we beat Liverpool 2-1 with a late winner by Aaron Lennon.

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