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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Chelsea v Spurs, 22.02.20

· Last season's game - Chelsea 2 Spurs 0, 27th February, 2019
· This season's home game - Spurs 0 Chelsea 2, 22nd December, 2019
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· What happened in the Premier League on Matchday 27 2018-19

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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         27   1    9   17    20- 53  12
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Total (Prem) 55   7   19   29    54- 100 40
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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) 55   7   19   29    54- 100 40
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 143  47   36   60   204-213 141
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Last Six Premier League results:-

Chelsea    -    DWLDDL

Brighton   1-1    Chelsea
Chelsea    3-0    Burnley
Newcastle  1-0    Chelsea
Chelsea    2-2    Arsenal
Leicester  2-2    Chelsea
Chelsea    0-2    Man Utd


Spurs      -    LLDWWW
           
S'hampton  1-0    Spurs
Spurs      0-1    Liverpool
Watford    0-0    Spurs
Spurs      2-1    Norwich
Spurs      2-0    Man City
A. Villa   2-3    Spurs

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 4. Chelsea  26 12  5  9  43-36   7   41 
 5. Spurs    26 11  7  8  43-34   9   40

Can Spurs grab fourth place?

When Jose Mourinho was appointed as Spurs head coach in November, we were 12 points behind Chelsea in 14th place. Now look where we are, despite the loss of Harry Kane, fighting for fourth place now without our second highest scorer too - Son Heung-min. This will be the 11th consecutive game missed by Harry Kane. Kane missed a total of 17 games in the second half of last season, but not in one chunk. He also missed 10 games between September and November 2016, but this is now his longest period of absence since he was established in the Spurs first team 6 years ago.

In his press conference before Wednesday's Leipzig game, Jose said:- “You know that I like analogies. Sometimes I do good ones, sometimes I do silly ones. When we arrived, we were on the minus-12th floor. We got to the stairs and we started climbing. But immediately at the beginning the stairs broke. We found a way, we started climbing and we started going and going and going … 11 steps, 11 floors, we go and when we are arriving on the fourth floor somebody came and took the stairs away.

“Now we are in trouble. We are with our arms on the balcony on the fourth floor and now we have two options: one is to give up and fall and normally die because it’s the fourth floor. Another way is to fight with what we have – no stairs, but arms.

“We are going to be on that balcony fighting with everything that we have and there is only one possibility of help in this incredible fight we have ahead of us: our public. No strikers, no market, no players, nothing. The only help we can have now, especially playing at home, is our crowd.”

Having broken the infamous Chelsea hoodoo two years ago with a brilliant 3-1 win in April 2018 it's a big ask for Spurs to go to Stamford Bridge and win only for the third time in 30 years. Dele scored two in that game and according to Jose he was more upset with himself when substituted against Leipzig than he was with the decision by his coach and team. It remains to be seen whether Dele starts tomorrow, or perhaps if we start with the team that finished the Leipzig game.

Chelsea will definitely be missing ace midfield dynamo N'Golo Kante who went off early in Monday night's home defeat to Manchester United. Tammy Abraham failed a fitness test for that game, but I suspect he will be available tomorrow. Abraham is by far Chelsea's top scorer this season but has just one goal in five appearances so far this year. Having led the Premier League score chart early in the season, Abraham has fallen away a little and now sits 4 goals behind the current leader who is Jamie Vardy. Vardy hasn't scored in his last 8 games for Chelsea and you have to feel a fit Kane would have been challenging again for the golden boot.

Speaking of ace goalscorers, we have been celebrating the 80th birthday of Jimmy Greaves this week, and I hope that as many of you as possible have managed to see the BT SPORT wonderful documentary film. Greavsie featured in the Spurs programme on Wednesday and I have no doubt he will feature strongly in Chelsea's programme tomorrow. Jimmy made his football league debut for Chelsea and scored on his debut against - Spurs! That game was a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane in August 1957. Alfie Stokes had given us a 75th minute lead, but Greaves equalised 10 minutes later. Another future Spur - Les Allen - played beside Greaves that day.

Two Spurs legends scored in the first Spurs game I saw at Stamford Bridge. This was on Saturday 31st August, 1968. My recollection is that I watched the game from high up on the terraces in Chelsea's old West Stand, from which you had more or less direct access to Fulham Broadway Station. Greaves equalised a 24th minute goal by Alan Birchenall before Peter Osgood put Chelsea in the lead from the penalty spot in the 38th minute. Another Spurs legend - the great Cliff Jones - scored immediately after the break. (Original newspaper cutting) In those pre-segregation days, I was "dead-legged" by an irate Chelsea fan on my way to the tube station at the end of the game.

Incidentally, taking bias out of the equation the press cutting above was found via this excellent unofficial Chelsea statistics page which contains a mine of information for any fan of football.

It is two months to the day since we lost at home to Chelsea this season. Willian scored both the goals in the first half and Spurs attracted the wrong sort of headlines due to allegations of racist behaviour towards Antonio Rudiger. Those allegations were thoroughly investigated by the club and police and on 6th January Spurs issued a press statement which included this comment:- "The police have notified us today that, having reviewed and investigated, they have closed the crime report as they can find no evidence to support the allegation of racial abuse."

We lost the corresponding game last year around the same time. In my match report I wrote "Spurs’ title challenge was surely finally ended". It is amazing to think we were still in the hunt in what turned out to be a runaway two-horse race. Our game was match 28 last year and were in third place on 60 points. Chelsea were in 6th with 53 points and would pip us for third place as we only managed to gain 11 points from our last 10 games.

Tomorrow's game kicks off (only on the pitch we hope!) at 12.30 and the focus will be on Jose Mourinho managing against his old team and a former player. Can Spurs grab fourth place with a win? I cannot be confident in such a result, but it could happen. Spurs' recent league form is better than that of Chelsea who have been beaten five times at home this season in league games as well as once each in the Champions league and Carabao Cup. I am going to sit on the fence and predict a scoring draw.

Referee Michael Oliver is the second referee to take charge of a Spurs game for the fourth time this season. All four games this season have been away from home, starting with the 2-2 draw at Man City back in August when Mr Oliver (and VAR) got his best mark of the season from Spurs fans (7.1). Mr Oliver has yet to see our new stadium and the last "home" game he had with us was against Leicester at Wembley last February.

· Spurs record in recent London Derby League matches

· "Ten Years After" - Spurs Odyssey reviews the season in which we first qualified for the Champions League. On February 24th 2010 we beat Bolton 4-0 in an FA Cup Fifth Round replay. On February 24th 2008, we beat Chelsea in the League Cup Final. Just thought I'd mention that!

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