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Full League Record of Tottenham Hotspur -v- Chelsea

Premier      Pl   W    D    L    For-Ag  Pts
Home         27   6   10   11    34- 45  28
Away         26   1    9   16    20- 51  12
Total (Prem) 53   7   19   26    54- 96  40
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) 53   7   19   26    54- 96  40
Total(Div 1) 84  39   15   30   142-107  97
Total(Div 2)  4   1    2    1     8-  8   4
Grand Total 139  47   35   59   204-211 141

Last Six Premier League results:-

Chelsea    -    DWLLWL

Chelsea    0-0    S'hampton
Chelsea    2-1    Newcastle
Arsenal    2-0    Chelsea
B'mouth    4-0    Chelsea
Chelsea    5-0    Hds'field
Man City   6-0    Chelsea

Spurs      -    LWWWWL
Spurs      0-1    Man Utd
Fulham     1-2    Spurs
Spurs      2-1    Watford
Spurs      1-0    Newcastle
Spurs      3-1    Leicester
Burnley    2-1    Spurs

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
3. Spurs     27 20  0  7  55-27  28   60
6. Chelsea   26 15  5  6  45-29  26   50

Beware of the club in turmoil!

Tomorrow night's game promises to be a real humdinger and BT SPORT will certainly be licking their lips over their choice of this game for their TV coverage. Both teams are licking their wounds after distressing weekend results and events, but surely Chelsea are the club visibly in turmoil and most sorely hurt by Sunday's League Cup Final defeat and embarrassing drama when goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga refused his manager's instructions to come off and be replaced by Wilfredo Caballero. Arrizabalaga had gone down injured twice in extra time, and his manager understandably wanted a fresh keeper on to deal with the looming penalty shoot-out.

24 year old 71 million keeper Arrizabalaga has been fined a whole week's wages - a massive 190,000 - and whilst Maurizio Sarri insists that the incident was a "misunderstanding", there is no doubt that the goalkeeper's action seriously undermined the manager's authority at a club where player power seems to so often rule the roost. After Sunday's game, I honestly thought there was no way we would see both Arrizabalaga and Sarri in action tomorrow, but I suspect the dust is settling and that the number one keeper will play, with Sarri still in charge.

Chelsea actually gave a decent performance against Manchester City in a goalless game decided on penalties, and won by City. Hazard looked dangerous in the second half running onto long balls down the left side, but maybe Pep Guardiola gave Chelsea a chance there with substitute (and club captain) Vincent Kompany's lack of pace being exposed. Sarri's pet Jorginho messed up the first penalty, firing weakly down the middle allowing Ederson to save easily, and the focus was surely then transferred to the manager who insists on Jorginho being played where Kante is best. Chelsea fans are not happy with "Sarri ball".

So, Sunday February 24th turned out to be a bad day for Chelsea, just like February 24th, 2008, when Spurs beat them in the Carling Cup Final. Of course, Chelsea fans will point to the fact that this was our last trophy - a full 11 years ago - since when their club has won the Premier League three times, the Champions league (much to our distress in 2012), the FA Cup four times, the League Cup once (against us), and even the Europa League. In that time, Chelsea have had 10 managers. We have had five.

April 1st last year wasn't a good day for Chelsea either, when we finally put to bed that horrible piece of history regarding the last time we managed to win a game at Stamford Bridge. Spurs won 3-1 with a cracking goal by Christian Eriksen at the end of the first half, and two goals by Dele Alli after the interval. Dele won't be available for us just yet, but he is getting closer to his return.

Chelsea had yet another bad day against Spurs last November 24th, when we beat them 3-1. Dele scored again, and so did Harry Kane, but the goal we all remember most is our third, scored by Son when he left Jorginho behind. We had a third successive win against Chelsea in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final, but they had the last laugh on another 24th, when they beat us on penalties to progress to Sunday's Wembley final.

Sunday's Final was, of course, against Manchester City who had beaten Sarri's men 6-0 in what was Chelsea's last Premier League game two and a half weeks ago. Previous away games were also lost, without scoring, at Bournemouth (4-0) and Arsenal (2-0). Chelsea have slipped to 6th place, a full 10 points behind Spurs, and this is a must win game for them. Gonzalo Higuain, who was signed on loan from AC Milan in January, did not start Sunday's game and I assume he will be facing us tomorrow. Hopefully there will be a few tired legs among the Chelsea side tomorrow.

Spurs have had a full 27 hours more rest than our opponents, and Mauricio Pochettino picked a side he thought could beat Burnley, whilst saving one or two for tomorrow. Davinson Sanchez did not feature at all, and I assume he will start tomorrow and on Saturday against Arsenal, when his pace will be required, along with his defensive skills. Toby Alderweireld will surely start beside him. It will be Kieran Trippier's turn at right back, and perhaps we will see "Super" Jan Vertonghen at left back again. One player we will not see is Eric Dier, who now has tonsilitis.

Harry Kane returned to action sooner than I thought and did score a good goal on Saturday. It was his eighth goal in his last 8 games. Spurs are in the unusual position of having better form than Chelsea; superiority over them in recent games, and a 10 point advantage in the Premier League. Spurs though do need to beware of the club that is turmoil. They will be keen to bounce back, and remember they and their fans hate us probably more than any other set of players and fans in the country. Spurs have famously not drawn a Premier League game this season and for the last four games of last season too. Such a result here would not be a bad thing at all, but I fancy us to sneak another win by two goals to one!

Tomorrow's match referee is Andre Marriner, who has been on the up and up with Spurs Odyssey voters over the last couple of years. Yes, he has made mistakes, sometimes expensive for Spurs. The award of a Lampard "goal that wasn't" in April 2011 at Stamford Bridge still rankles, but he was in charge for our historic win last April, and we have won the last two games with him in charge. In all seriousness, I think Mr. Marriner is arguably the best referee at this time in the Premier League. Note that Mike Dean was scheduled to be the fourth official, but he has been switched following Saturday's incident involving our manager, who has been charged with improper conduct by the FA.

Spurs' record in recent London Derby matches

"It was Twenty Years ago today!" - On 27th February, 1999, Spurs drew 1-1 at home to Derby. Tim Sherwood scored our goal.

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