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Full League Record of Tottenham Hotspur -v- Chelsea

Premier      Pl   W    D    L    For-Ag  Pts
Home         28   6   10   12    34- 47  28
Away         28   1    9   18    21- 55  12
Total (Prem) 56   7   19   30    55- 102 40  0.714 Pts per game
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) 56   7   19   30    55- 102 40
Total(Div 1) 84  39   15   30   142-107  97
Total(Div 2)  4   1    2    1     8-  8   4
Grand Total 144  47   36   61   205-215 141

Last Six Premier League results:-

Chelsea    -    WDDWWW

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

Spurs      -    WDWWWW
Man Utd    1-6    Spurs
Spurs      3-3    West Ham
Burnley    0-1    Spurs
Spurs      2-1    Brighton
West Brom  0-1    Spurs
Spurs      2-0    Man City

Pos          P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
1. Spurs     9  6  2  1  21-9   12   20
3. Chelsea   9  5  3  1  22-10  12   18 

The battle for supremacy!

Last week's win over 4-time Premier League Champions Manchester City was a superb team performance. This week's game against 5-time Premier League Champions Chelsea will be an even bigger test as the two hot rivals battle it out for supremacy in London and, in Spurs' case, hopefully to lead the Premier League for a second week.

The fact that we've only won 7 of our 56 Premier League meetings against Chelsea, and most famously just once at Stamford Bridge makes our task all the harder. That win came courtesy of excellent goals by Christian Eriksen and two by Dele Alli. Will the absence of fans in the stadium be a benefit to Spurs? I can't wait to find out!

Bearing in mind our former "Chelsea Hoodoo", you might think it's quite a while since we were above the West London team when we met. Last season before both our meetings, they were fourth and we were fifth. Unfortunately we lost both games. You only have to go back one more game to February 2019 to find an occasion when we started above Chelsea. Before that meeting we were third. They were sixth and 10 points behind us. We lost that game too.

Last season's home game against Chelsea was an unhappy pre-Christmas affair which we lost 2-0, thanks to two Willian goals, one of which was from the spot. This was also the game where defender Antonio Rudiger reported racist behaviour directed at him from the South Stand. There was a full house of over 61,000 present. Rudiger's allegation was thoroughly investigated with no evidence found to support the specific behaviour alleged.

Rudiger made his first Premier League appearance of this season last week at Newcastle, and was even being suggested as a possible Spurs transfer target in the last window. Rudiger played 90 minutes for Chelsea against Krasnodar and also came off the bench in their home match against Rennes. He did not feature this week in France. He is a full International and regular in the German team, although he did not play in the 6-0 defeat to Spain.

Rudiger scored with an own goal for Spurs in the away match in February at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea and Spurs are the two best sides over the last six league games, in which they are unbeaten. Indeed they are currently the best two sides on form in England. Chelsea's unbeaten run stretches back over 13 games. The only game they lost was at home to Liverpool on Matchday Two. Spurs have lost just once in their last 16 games. That was the 1-0 in Antwerp. This week, Chelsea played on Tuesday night. Jose Mourinho, who was in charge for three of Chelsea's Premier League titles, managed to organise the defeat of Ludogorets whilst exposing only three players (Ndombele, Hojbjerg, and Lucas Moura) who played a part in the defeat of Man City. The scene is set for a great battle tomorrow!

A full house would have loved to have seen our Carabao Cup 4th Round game at home against Chelsea in September. It's the one game we have played in that competition due to Covid-19 and Leyton Orient's inability to complete our Third Round fixture. Whilst the margin of victory was "penalty shoot-out slim", Spurs fans would have been singing and dancing all the way back down Tottenham High Road. Not that they need any extra incentive, Chelsea's current crop of players will be suitably fired up by Frank Lampard to get a result in this game.

Those players include a more settled defence which features Thiago Silva, aged 36 and signed on a free after he left PSG, who has settled down after an uncharacteristic error in one of his early games. Frank Lampard has varied between a back three or a back four, but whichever he chooses, both Reece James and Ben Chilwell have been very impactive - for club and country. James came up through the ranks but Chilwell cost £50 million in the close season.

By now most fans will be all too familar with Chelsea's other big money signings such as Werner, Havertz and Hakim Ziyech. Ziyech will probably be the most fired-up of them all. He was part of the Ajax team beaten in that fantastic Champions League semi-final and says he has been told many times that a career in the Premier League will be his chance to take a measure of “revenge” on Tottenham Hotspur.

Chelsea have no injury problems with even Christian Pulisic back in contention after a thigh injury. Spurs will be missing Toby Alderweireld, and Erik Lamela. According to https://www.premierinjuries.com/injury-table.php Hugo Lloris, Giovani Lo Celso and Steven Bergwijn face late fitness tests. I suspect Hugo will start. I also anticipate a similar strategy to that which saw off Manchester City. My prediction? I've bottled it again and gone for a 2-2 draw. I hope to be wrong in the same way i was wrong last week!

This will be our second game of the season with referee Paul Tierney the "man in the middle". Mr. Tierney's other Spurs game this season was our only other London Derby league match to date which was the infamous 3-3 draw against West Ham. He is the first referee to take charge of us twice this season.

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