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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v Chelsea, 24.11.18

Last season's game - Spurs 1 Chelsea 2, 20.08.17
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Full League Record of Tottenham Hotspur -v- Chelsea

Premier      Pl   W    D    L    For-Ag  Pts
Home         26   5   10   11    31- 44  25
Away         26   1    9   16    20- 51  12
Total (Prem) 52   6   19   26    51- 95  37
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) 52   6   19   26    51- 95  37
Total(Div 1) 84  39   15   30   142-107  97
Total(Div 2)  4   1    2    1     8-  8   4
Grand Total 138  46   35   59   201-210 138

Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs      -    WWWLWW
H'dsfield  0-2    Spurs
Spurs      1-0    Cardiff
West Ham   0-1    Spurs
Spurs      0-1    Man City
Wolves     2-3    Spurs
C. Palace  0-1    Spurs

Chelsea    -    DWDWWD

Chelsea    1-1    Liverpool
S'hampton  0-3    Chelsea
Chelsea    2-2    Man Utd
Burnley    0-4    Chelsea
Chelsea    3-1    C. Palace
Chelsea    0-0    Everton

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 3. Chelsea   12  8  4  0  27-8   19   28
 4. Spurs     12  9  0  3  20-10  10   27

Can Spurs match a 1967 record against Chelsea?

Last season's home game against Chelsea was our first Premier League game to be hosted at Wembley. Antonio Conte was still Chelsea manager and Harry Kane was still looking for his 100th club goal for Spurs. Vincent Janssen made his last Spurs appearance as a 90th minute substitute. Chelsea had been surprisingly beaten at home the previous week by Burnley. Now, Conte has gone and Sarri has arrived. Chelsea are one of three unbeaten teams at the top of the league, and Harry Kane has now reached 150 club goals. How things change!

One thing we expected to change this year, of course, was that we would be playing at our new home by now. Now Spurs have agreed an extended stay at Wembley, and apart from any "special" applications, this is the last Premier League game at Wembley that will not be capped regarding the crowd permitted. How big an attendance we see this week remains to be seen.

Another thing that changed this year was the fact that we finally ended the Stamford Bridge hoodoo, when we beat Chelsea on April Fools' Day. That was a marvellous day indeed! Christian Eriksen levelled the scores with a stunner just before the break, before Dele scored two in the second half. Dele's first with his control of Eric Dier's pass before beating Caballero was also stunning, especially as it was scored in front of the away fans!

When Manchester City beat us on 29th October, they became the first team to beat us at home twice in the same calendar year since 2005. Then, it was Chelsea who beat us twice. Both games were 2-0 defeats. Having beaten them 3-1 in April, can we manage a win and beat Chelsea twice in the same calendar year for the first time since 1967? Even that was one league win and the famous '67 FA Cup Final. The last time we beat them twice in the same year in the League was in 1961. Then we did it 4 times!

At Easter 1961, towards the end of our Double Season we beat them 4-2 at The Lane on Good Friday and 3-2 away on Easter Monday. Later that year, over the Christmas period we beat Chelsea 2-0 at The Bridge on Boxing Day, then 5-2 at home on December 30th! Those were the days! Cliff Jones scored a hat-trick in that 5-2 win and the Chelsea side included right back Ken Shellito who died recently at the age of 78. "The Cat" - Peter Bonetti - was in goal for Chelsea, and is sadly not well these days I understand, suffering from dementia.

P.S Here is a wonderful statistic, courtesy of Spurs Odyssey Quiz League Double winner David Guthrie (@Shindig53 on Twitter) - Jimmy Greaves scored for both Chelsea and Spurs in two of those 1961 games. "Greavsie" scored one of Chelsea's two goals in a 4-2 home defeat on Easter Momday 1961, and then for Spurs in the next meeting between the clubs on Boxing Day when we won 2-0. Jimmy had, of course, had a brief interlude with AC Milan in Italy between playing for Chelsea and being signed for 99,999 by Bill Nicholson for Spurs. Thanks David!

There are plenty of people around who remember that we avoided relegation in 1975 by beating Chelsea and Leeds in our last two home games, but did you know that Spurs avoided relegation in their first ever season in the top flight (1909-10) by beating Chelsea 2-1 in the final game? Former Spur Vivian Woodward was in the Chelsea side, but Spurs had signed Percy Humphries from Chelsea during that season and he scored the winning goal. Chelsea, and not Spurs were relegated!

Can Spurs end Chelsea's unbeaten start to the Premier League season? They have not lost any one of 18 games played in all competitions since the Community Shield defeat to Manchester City on August 5th. We will certainly need to be firing on all cylinders, but it can be done. Perhaps a draw would be the more sensible forecast and you might like to look at btts tips with regard to a score draw or both teams to score in this and other games.

There had been a so-called injury scare for Chelsea regarding midfielder Mateo Kovacic, who they signed on loan from Real Madrid. Kovacic did not feature for Croatia during the International break, but has trained upon his return to the club this week. Chelsea have no other injury worries, and will include Jorginho, who followed Sarri from Napoli for 50 million along with Kepa Arrizabalaga, the goalkeeper they signed for 71 million from Athletic Bilbao, thus pipping Liverpool's previous record fee for a goalkeeper last summer.

There is good news for Spurs insofar as Jan Vertonghen has made an early return to training after his hamstring injury sustained in September at Huddersfield. With Davinson Sanchez struggling to return before the end of this year (also a hamstring injury), Vertonghen could be needed bearing in mind our three Argentinians returned later than others after their mid-week match against Mexico. Otherwise Juan Foyth, who had an excellent international debut last week might start this game. Dembele, Rose and Trippier are still absent, although Kieran Trippier is aiming for a return to training before the end of the month.

I am hoping for a great atmosphere from a good home crowd, and a high speed, high level Spurs performance that can give us all three points. I'll go for a 2-1 home win!

Match referee Martin Atkinson has already had charge of two Spurs games this season. They were both wins for us, away from home. They were the first game of the season at Newcastle and the 1-0 win away to West Ham. Another happy memory with Mr. Atkinson in charge was our last home win against Chelsea in January 2017 at White Hart Lane (remember that?), when Dele Alli scored both goals in a 2-0 win.

Spurs' record in recent London Derby matches

"It was Twenty Years ago today!" - On 21st November 1998, Spurs played their last home Premier League game against Nottingham Forest. Spurs won 2-0 with goals by Chris Armstrong and Allan Nielsen. Forest were managed at this time by Dave Bassett, and later in the season by Ron Atkinson.

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