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Spurs Odyssey Premier League Preview - Spurs v Chelsea, 20.08.17

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Full League Record of Tottenham Hotspur -v- Chelsea


Premier      Pl   W    D    L    For-Ag  Pts
Home         25   5   10   10    30- 42  25
Away         25   0    9   16    17- 50   9
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Total (Prem) 50   5   19   25    47- 92  34
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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) 50   5   19   25    47- 92  34
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 136  45   35   58   197-207 135
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Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs      -    WWLWWW

Spurs      2-0   Arsenal
West Ham   1-0   Spurs
Spurs      2-1   Man Utd
Leicester  1-6   Spurs
Hull       1-7   Spurs
Newcastle  0-2    Spurs

Chelsea    -    WWWWWL

Everton    0-3   Chelsea
Chelsea    3-0   M'brough
West Brom  0-1   Chelsea
Chelsea    4-3   Watford
Chelsea    5-1   S'derland
Chelsea    2-3   Burnley

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 4. Spurs     1  1  0  0   2-0    2    3
14. Chelsea   1  0  0  1   2-3   -1    0

There could hardly be a better time to play Chelsea, could there?

After their shock home defeat to Burnley last week, with both Cahill and Fabregas sent off and suspended (for 3 and 1 game(s) respectively), added to the Diego Costa and injury situation, there could hardly be a better time to be playing Antonio Conte's Premier League Champions, could there? Even Conte himself has admitted that this is not the ideal time for his depleted squad to face last season’s runners-up.

It would surely be too much to hope for a Chelsea season similar to 2015-16, when Mourinho's Champions stopped playing for the Portuguese manager, perhaps after the Doctor Eva Carneiro upset, and finished only 10th in the Premier League.

Conte had a massive falling out with Diego Costa, who has been told he can leave, but has refused to return to the club for training as required. I did enjoy Conte's laughter at his press conference yesterday when told that Costa said he had been treated like a criminal. The Brazilian born Spanish International is likely to return to Atletico Madrid, who are banned from signing players till next January.

Pedro is fighting for fitness, and may yet be available for Sunday's game. Although star player Eden Hazard did return to training this week, following his ankle injury sustained on Belgium International duty in the summer, he is not realistically considered a contender to play. One of Chelsea's summer signings - Tiemoue Bakayoko - is also a doubt with a knee injury, having trained this week. Conte was complaining just before the start of the season that he needed more new players in addition to the high profile acquisitions of Morata, Rudiger and goalkeeper Caballero. Caballero has clearly been signed as back-up for number one choice Courtois, after Begovic's departure to Bournemouth, but both Rudiger and Morata featured last week, with Morata scoring on his debut. Chelsea will still have plenty of potential danagers in their side, such as Willian, who likes to rub it in after Spurs failed to sign him four years ago.

Chelsea won their last seven Premier League games of last season, but since then, they have lost twice at Wembley to Arsenal, firstly in the FA Cup Final, then in the Community Shield game two weeks ago. Now they've lost their first league game of the season for the first time since 1998! They had better luck at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final against us in April, but who will win in this Sunday's major Sky game kicking off at 4pm at our temporary home for this season? This will be the first-ever Premier League match played at Wembley Stadium and it will be the 58th different stadium to host a game in the competition.

This will be the earliest date in any season for us to meet Chelsea. Until now, the earliest August fixture was on 22nd August, 1987, which was also a home game. Happily Spurs won 1-0, with substitute Nico Claesen scoring an 84th minute goal. the Chelsea team that day featured former Spur Micky Hazard, and future Spurs Gordon Durie and Clive Wilson. Spurs had started the season sore at FA Cup Final defeat against Coventry, to whom they had lost their first game at Highfield Road. As has happened this season, our game against Chelsea was preceded by a match against Newcastle, although in 1987, we were at home. We did win 3-1 against "The Toon". Chelsea would finish the 1987-88 season as a relegated side, after finishing 18th and losing a play-off final game against Middlesbrough, who had finished third in the old Division Two. Those were the days!

Last season's home game against Chelsea was a happy affair. Dele Alli scored two goals for the third consecutive game, lifting Spurs into third place, seven points behind Chelsea and into the hunt for a Premier League title. That brace made Dele the first midfielder in the Premier League era to score twice in three consecutive games.

Spurs' exciting signing from Ajax - Colombian defender Davinson Sanchez - needs his work permit and medical finalised, and also needs some settling-in time before making a debut. Kieran Trippier apparently faces a late fitness test, which leaves Danny Rose, Erik Lamela and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou as definite absentees.

Harry Kane is still lookimg for his 100th goal in all competitions for the club – though he’s failed to score in any of his 11 Premier League appearances in the month of August. Harry has however scored 18 goals in 21 Premier League London derbies since his brace versus Chelsea on New Year’s Day in 2015. Christian Eriksen has been directly involved in each of Tottenham’s last six goals against Chelsea in all competitions (one goal, five assists), and since the start of last season no Premier League player has created as many goalscoring chances as Christian Eriksen (115).

Maybe I am feeling over-confident, but even BBC's "Lawro" has predicted aa Spurs win by 2-0. Who am I to argue? I'll go for a 3-1 win!

Match referee Anthony Taylor was on duty for the high scoring draw at Watford last week. We last saw Mr. Taylor for a home game against Watford in April, when we won 4-0. (Dele also scored in that game, of course!) However, Mr Taylor's last match in charge of Spurs was the depressing 1-0 defeat at The London Stadium in May.

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