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Barclays Premier League

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Sat 28 Sep 2013 12:45 (Attendance: 35,857)


The main act is on first when it comes to this weekend's league programme. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton get the stage ready and light the lights…

The Premier League is currently presenting a decent impersonation of a horserace, with runners and riders hitting fences, remounting and catching up the leaders. Five teams have amassed double figures in points and every one of them has been beaten once.

Still, only the brave or foolhardy would heavily back any horse right now. At the same stage last season the leading pack included Everton, West Brom and Fulham, who wound up sixth, eighth and 12th respectively. Chelsea were top and Man United fifth.

Blues v Lilywhites, Sorcerer v Apprentice, fourth versus second sets up the biggest match of the weekend even if it is a 12.45 kick-off. Midday games, with their change of matchday rhythm, sometimes struggle to set the dancefloor alight, like a nightclub with the lights on.

Chelsea have taken 30 points from the last 39 available since the beginning of April.

Hosts Spurs are doing their best to bust a move by talking up their title hopes but there is ground to make up. It is now 52 years since Spurs last won the league - a longer period than Chelsea fans have ever had to suffer. The Lilywhites have been champions just twice since joining the Football League Division Two in 1908, three years after the Pensioners, who have won been crowned champions four times.

Chelsea's Europa League triumph last season means the Blues' 19-trophy haul has eased further ahead of that of our north London rivals with 17, five in Europe against their three. The White Hart Lane outfit remain ahead in the FA Cup, eight wins to seven.

Chelsea also have a remarkable record against Spurs in the Premier League era, claiming 23 wins to the Lilywhites' three and 16 draws, along with 77 goals against 36.

West London lost out three times in four visits between 2006 and 2010 but normal service was resumed with a 4-2 triumph last season for which Gareth Bale was unavailable. Underwritten by Bale's sale Spurs have added to the complements of Belgian and Brazilian internationals on both sides that day.


Since then the departures of Steven Caulker, Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore, and Aaron Lennon's injury have slightly diminished the British influence at the Lane.

Progress in the Capital One Cup was earned with the Blues' first away win of the season, but we will aim to bag our first away league goals of the season at this often happy hunting ground.

Saturday's match is the second of four successive road trips for the Blues. The fourth round cup draw did not bring any home comforts either, taking Chelsea away from home for the second time in the competition. The possibility of ending Arsenal's trophy hopes is always a mouthwatering prospect, but the meeting does complicate the diaries of both clubs.

Chelsea will have to deal with Schalke home and away, Man City at the Bridge, the Emirates, and West Brom at home in a little over two-and-a-half weeks spilling into November. Over the same period Arsenal will face Dortmund (h), Palace (a), Chelsea (h), Dortmund (a) and Man Utd (a).

Much was made (as usual) of Arsenal's youth in midweek yet the average age of the Gunners that edged out West Brom was 24. Chelsea's at the County Ground was 26.5, largely as a result of the inclusion of goalie Mark Schwarzer. At 40 years and 354 days the Australian became our oldest-ever debutant as well as our oldest first teamer.

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Barclays Premier League fixtures
Tottenham v Chelsea 12.45pm - BT Sport
Aston Villa v Manchester City 3pm
Fulham v Cardiff 3pm
Hull v West Ham 3pm
Manchester United v West Brom 3pm
Southampton v Crystal Palace 3pm
Swansea v Arsenal 5.30pm - Sky Sports
Stoke v Norwich 1.30pm - Sky Sports
Sunderland v Liverpool 4pm - Sky Sports
Everton v Newcastle 8pm - Sky Sports


Barclays Premier League top six
Top Pld Gd Pts
1 Arsenal 5 +5 12
2 Tottenham 5 +4 12
3 Man City 5 +8 10
4 Chelsea 5 +4 10
5 Liverpool 5 +2 10
6 Everton 5 +2 9

London League
Pld Gd Pts
1 Arsenal 2 +3 6
2 Chelsea 1 +2 3
3 Tottenham 2 0 3
4 West Ham 0 0 0
5 C Palace 1 -1 0
6 Fulham 2 -4 0


Big six mini league
Pld Gd Pts
1 Man City 1 +3 3
2 Arsenal 1 +1 3
3 Liverpool 1 +1 3
4 Chelsea 1 0 1
5 Man Utd 3 -4 1
6 Tottenham 1 -1 0


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This is likely to be a tight match, with neither manager wishing to cede ground to the other while their new teams bed in.

Tottenham's 4-0 Capital One Cup victory at Villa was an anomaly. They are not creating a great deal of clear-cut chances and their league games generally end 1-0 - five of the last six, in fact, with one a defeat.

Equally, Chelsea have not hit more than two in the league since Fulham in April, with profligacy in the goal area again an issue at Swindon in midweek. That comfortable 2-0 win came at a price.

Marco van Ginkel underwent anterior cruciate ligament surgery on Thursday and is not expected to return for six months. We wish him well in his recuperation. Ramires is also a doubt with a hip muscle problem. Mikel is the obvious option to replace the goalscoring Brazilian in centre midfield if required but David Luiz played a half there on Wednesday.

The Blues need to find the net at an away league ground for the first time this season. Recording two goalless away league games brings to mind late 2001/02, the last time the Pensioners were shut out three times in succession on the road: Liverpool (0-1), Ipswich (0-0) and Blackburn (0-0).

Spurs have not been creating a huge number of clear-cut chances but they have scored when they have needed to and have been taking pot-shots from everywhere.

They took their chances against a second string Aston Villa, hitting four, while Chelsea squandered several good opportunities to score more than the final total of two.

Spurs also have the tightest defence in Europe in these early days - one goal conceded this season in 810 minutes of play. At the heart of their meanness is Jan Vertonghen (pictured below), the outstanding player in an increasingly tall, powerful Tottenham team.


The opposition's physicality will not have escaped the diligent Jose Mourinho and may influence his selection; Branislav Ivanovic or Cesar Azpilicueta, who impressed on Wednesday; Fernando Torres or Demba Ba, or the smaller but increasingly sharp Samuel Eto'o?

Equally the Portuguese will know there are questions about the positional sense and decision-making of Spurs full-backs Kyle Walker and Danny Rose.

Eden Hazard may not have been at his scintillating best recently but is still always at the hub of the Blues' attacks. Andre Schurrle, like Hazard rested in midweek, could be asked to win the ball high up the field and prevent Rose going forward and crossing.

Christian Eriksen has been the new boy illuminating Spurs' season so far, with Lewis Holtby and Erik Lamela not far behind. The Dane is a threat anywhere just outside the box with his vision and probing.

Box-to-box midfielder Paulinho played in Corinthians' FIFA Club World Cup win over Chelsea last December breaking behind defence, while both Roberto Soldado's goals to date have come from the spot. Last season he picked up 10 yellows, often for dissent, and already has two in 2013/14.

Injured Aaron Lennon's replacement has been Andros Townsend, a left-footer cutting in dangerously from the right and briefly reckoned the successor to Gareth Bale in the match-winning stakes.


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Chelsea are looking to extend our unbeaten run against Tottenham to eight games since our last defeat in April 2010.

Our 4-2 victory at White Hart Lane last season ended a winless run there in the previous six league games.

This cross-capital derby first took place in 1909/10 in Division One. Chelsea took the spoils of the first game just before Christmas at Stamford Bridge with a 2-1 win, goals coming from Jimmy Windridge and Joe Bradshaw.

Former Pensioner Percy Humphries broke Chelsea hearts the following April by scoring the winner in a 2-1 game at White Hart Lane that sent Chelsea down.

One of the most remarkable meetings at the Lane happened on Wednesday 20 February 1957. The Lilywhites were unbeaten at home all season and pushing for the title. Led by future Blues manager Danny Blanchflower, they were second-best but justified the pre-match favouritism of bookmakers by extending an 11th-minute penalty lead to 2-0, through Blanchflower, 10 minutes before the break.

In a sometimes fractious match, host keeper Ted Ditchburn was irked by the close attention of the Chelsea centre-forward Les Allen (a future Spur and father of Clive Allen). Just past the hour, while Tottenham's left-back Mel Hopkins was off the field for treatment, Allen compounded Ditchburn's unease by pouncing when he fumbled the ball to make it 2-1.

On 74 minutes the game was tied when skipper Derek Saunders (pictured below) tried his luck from 25 yards and gave Ditchburn no chance. Soon the Blues were ahead, Johnny McNichol rising to head in a corner from amateur winger Jim Lewis, and with 10 minutes to go the lead was doubled by Allen's 30-yard pot shot.


Terry Medwin pulled one back for the Lilywhites but the 4-3 turnaround handed Chelsea the two points.

Our last 10 away league meetings at Tottenham
2003/04 - Chelsea won 1-0
2004/05 - Chelsea won 2-0
2005/06 - Chelsea won 2-0
2006/07 - Tottenham won 2-1
2007/08 - Drew 4-4
2008/09 - Tottenham won 1-0
2009/10 - Tottenham won 2-1
2010/11 - Drew 1-1
2011/12 - Drew 1-1
2012/13 - Chelsea won 4-2



Other fixture last season
8 May 2013 Barclays Premier League
Chelsea..……..….…2 Tottenham….……..……2
Oscar 10                        Adebayor 2
Ramires 38                   Sigurdsson 80
                Att: 41,581

Chelsea v Tottenham in all competitions
Games played 148
Chelsea wins 62
Spurs wins 49
Draws 37

Head to head in the League at White Hart Lane
Games played 65
Chelsea wins 23
Spurs wins 24
Draws 18

Biggest league win at White Hart Lane for each team
09/10/1920 - Tottenham 5-0 Chelsea
06/12/1997 - Tottenham 1-6 Chelsea


Chelsea lost to Tottenham: 1,260
Tottenham conceded a goal in any competition: 26
Arsenal won a trophy: 3,052
Liverpool won the league: 8,547


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Chelsea's defeat at Everton was our only reverse in 13 Barclays Premier League matches.

We have won three, drawn two and lost one of our last six away top-flight league games.

Last six results
Aug 26 Manchester United (a) D 0-0
Aug 30 Bayern Munich (Super Cup) lost 4-5 on pens D 2-2
Sep 14 Everton (a) L 0-1
Sep 18 Basel (Champions League h) L 1-2
Sep 21 Fulham (h) W 2-0
Sep 24 Swindon (Capital One Cup a) W 2-0

Premier League scorers (6)
Oscar 2, Ivanovic 1, Lampard 1, Mikel 1, own goal 1.

League games since
An away win: 2
An away draw: 1
An away defeat: 0

Chelsea's next three games
Tue 1 Oct Steaua Bucharest (Champions League) away 7.45pm
Sun 6 Oct Norwich away 1.30pm
Sat 19 Oct Cardiff home 3.00pm

If selected, John Mikel Obi will make his 150th Premier League start and Oscar will make his 50th start in all competitions for the club

If fit and selected, Ramires's next Premier League appearance will be his 100th for Chelsea.


Major trophies
2 League championships, last in 1961
8 FA Cups, last in 1991
4 League Cups, last in 2008
7 FA Charity/Community Shields (3 shared), last in 1991
1 European Cup Winners' Cup in 1963
2 UEFA Cups, last in 1984

Last season
Premier League - Fifth
FA Cup - Fourth round
Capital One Cup - Fourth round
Europa Cup - Quarter-finals

Tottenham have won eight of their nine competitive matches this season. Their only defeat was by the odd goal at Arsenal on 1 September.

That defeat at the Emirates was Spurs' only league reverse in 13 games (nine wins, three draws).

Tottenham have won their last five home Premier League games. Fulham (on 17 March) were the last team to come away from White Hart Lane with maximum points.

Since 30 March Tottenham have won 30 from a possible 39 points.

Manager Andre Villas-Boas
Days in charge: 452
Played 63
Won 35
Drawn 16
Lost 12

Spurs' last 10 year league history
 2003/04 45 14th
2004/05 52 9th
2005/06 65 5th
2006/07 60 5th
2007/08 46 11th
2008/09 51 8th
2009/10 70 4th
2010/11 62 5th
2011/12 69 4th
2012/13 72 5th


Last six results
Aug 29 Dinamo Tbilisi (Europa League play-off h) W 3-0
Sep 1 Arsenal (a) L 0-1
Sep 14 Norwich (h) W 2-0
Sep 19 Tromso (Europa League h) W 3-0
Sep 22 Cardiff (a) W 1-0
Sep 24 Aston Villa (Capital One Cup a) W 4-0

Premier League scorers (5)
Sigurdsson 2, Soldado 2 (2 pens), Paulinho 1



League games since
A home win: 0
A home draw: 5
A home defeat: 6

Paulinho (Corinthians, £17m), Nacer Chadli (FC Twente, £7m), Roberto Soldado (Valencia, £26m), Etienne Capoue (Toulouse, £9m), Vlad Chiriches (Steaua Bucharest, £8.5m), Erik Lamela (Roma, £25.7m), Christian Eriksen (Ajax, £11m), Ezekiel Fryers (Standard Liege, undisclosed)
Outs Nathan Byrne (Swindon, free), David Bentley (released), John Bostock (released, now Royal Antwerp), William Gallas (released), Steven Caulker (Cardiff, £8m), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders, £6m), Tom Huddlestone (Hull, £5m), Jake Livermore (Hull, loan), Scott Parker (Fulham, undisclosed), Gareth Bale (Real Madrid, £85.3m), Tom Carroll (QPR, loan), Benoit Assou-Ekotto (QPR, loan), Grant Hall (Swindon, loan), Massimo Luongo (Swindon, £400,000), Ryan Mason (Swindon, loan), Alex Pritchard (Swindon, loan)

The referee is Mike Dean. He was the official for both Chelsea-Tottenham fixtures in the Premier League last season.

There are no suspensions.

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Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea



  • 25
    Hugo Lloris
  • 2
    Kyle Walker
  • 20
    Michael Dawson
  • 5
    Jan Vertonghen
  • 16
    Kyle Naughton
  • 8
    Joe Paulo Paulinho
  • 19
    Mousa Dembele
  • 17
    Andros Townsend Substitution
  • 23
    Christian Eriksen Substitution
  • 22
    Gylfi Sigurdsson
  • 9
    Roberto Soldado Substitution


  • 6
    Vlad Chiriches
  • 11
    Erik Lamela
  • 30
    Raniere Sandro
  • 21
    Nacer Chadli Substitution
  • 14
    Lewis Holtby Substitution
  • 24
    Brad Friedel
  • 18
    Jermain Defoe Substitution
Shots on Target
Shots off Target
Most fouls
Yellow Cards
Red Cards


  • 1
    Petr Cech
  • 2
    Branislav Ivanovic
  • 4
    David Luiz
  • 26
    John Terry
  • 3
    Ashley Cole
  • 8
    Frank Lampard
  • 12
    Substitution John Mikel
  • 7
    Nascimento Ramires
  • 11
    Substitution Emboaba Oscar
  • 17
    Substitution Eden Hazard
  • 9
    Fernando Torres


  • 28
    Substitution Cesar Azpilicueta
  • 10
    Substitution Juan Mata
  • 24
    Gary Cahill
  • 29
    Samuel Eto'o
  • 5
    Michael Essien
  • 14
    Substitution Andre Schurrle
  • 23
    Mark Schwarzer


Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea Highlights

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Match Highlights from White Hart Lane
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A spirited second-half display by the visitors earned a draw in the Saturday lunchtime London derby, John Terry levelling after an early Spurs strike.

There was added satisfaction that the point was gained despite the disadvantage of 10 men for the closing stages after Fernando Torres, who was causing the home side plenty of problems, was sent off following a second yellow card.

Tottenham took the lead after 18 minutes and looked capable of increasing their advantage but Chelsea rallied well and could have added to Terry's 64th-minute set-piece goal in the second period but for good saves from Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris.

Team News
There were three changes to the side that began the last league game. David Luiz returned to defence and with Ramires passed fit following a hip strain suffered at Swindon, he moved forward to a wide right position in place of Andre Schurrle.

Frank Lampard returned to midfield alongside John Mikel Obi and Fernando Torres, a Capital One Cup scorer midweek, retained his place up front.

Tottenham were unchanged from their Premier League win at Cardiff.

First half
The main excitement and incident of the afternoon was saved for the second half, with the first period often a cagey affair with Spurs often on top.

Ashley Cole in action at Tottenham

A quickly released pass down the middle towards Eden Hazard threatened to become an early chance but the leaping Belgian couldn't reach the ball with his outstretched leg. Then Lampard hooked a shot not too far over with only a split-second to have a go after Torres caused Spurs some problems.

At the other end Jan Vertonghen had the chance of a clear header at goal from a free-kick but planted it well wide, and David Luiz had to cover diligently and clear after Ashley Cole lost the ball out on the touchline.

In truth though, it was a messy start to the derby, the referee's whistle frequently punctuating the action. Both sides then took turns at a minute or two of more controlled possession and the reward, on 18 minutes, came Spurs way.

It was Christian Eriksen in the left-hand channel who made the important advance, then turning the ball inside the box to where Roberto Soldado touched it back to Gylfi Sigurdsson. The Icelandic midfielder was able to guide the ball wide of Cech from inside the area to give the home side the lead.

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They would have doubled it just two minute later had Branislav Ivanovic not slid in front of Paulinho to turn a cross behind for a corner.

The tempo of the game dipped a little after that which was to Chelsea's advantage, giving a chance to consolidate. The improvement continued as a couple of crosses came over from the left, one just too high for John Terry to direct a header.

With seven minutes to go before the interval, Hugo Lloris came a long way to successfully punch clear but Chelsea kept the pressure on. A Hazard shot from outside the box looked on its way to test the Spurs keeper before it deflected off Vertonghen for a corner.

The Spurs central defender later tidied up after a promising Mikel ball into the box bounced off Torres as he tried to bring it under control.

Andros Townsend was booked for a dive, followed into the book by Eriksen for a shirt pull on Oscar before the end of the half, Chelsea's Brazilian having hit a shot cleanly but straight at the keeper shorty before.

There was a big warning to Chelsea that despite having a foothold in the game in the closing minutes of the half, it was a shaky one when Townsend slipped a pass between two defenders and Paulinho hit the post with a shot from an angle. That was with 44 minutes on the clock and there was time for one Chelsea chance too.

Ramires returned the ball into the area with venom after Lloris had again judged a punch well. Terry won an aerial contest to head cleanly but couldn't hit the target.

Second half
It was no surprise that Mourinho made a change at half-time. Ramires dropped back to play alongside Lampard with Mata coming on to take a position predominantly wide on the right.

On 47 minutes came the best moment of the game for the Blues so far, Torres superbly beating two Spurs players including Vertonghen before looking up and crossing to Oscar at the far post. On the slide, the Brazilian couldn't make a clean contact.

Torres became Chelsea's first booking soon after following a foul on Vertonghen near the corner flag. The two remained engaged in a physical duel for the rest of the time they were together on the pitch.

The half was fast becoming the Fernando Torres show with another gliding run by the Spaniard leaving Dawson trailing in his wake, but he couldn't find the finish and Lloris saved.

Tottenham v Chelsea

Mata had the ball in the net on 56 minutes after Torres had knocked down a long David Luiz pass but was defeated by the offside flag, but it was another sign that Chelsea were having the better of the half. We weren't having it all our own way however and Mousa Dembele had worried the Blues by taking on Ivanovic and crossing menacingly.

Vertonghen gathered Spurs' third yellow card for catching Ramires late as Chelsea looked to spring a counter-attack. There was much frustration on the Chelsea bench that the foul had denied the opportunity but we didn't have to wait long for justice. Mata sent the free-kick into the area and Terry, who had been supreme in the air at both ends, lost Dawson with his run and headed down and in with Lloris, on this occasion, helpless.

Tottenham v Chelsea

Both sides made changes soon after, Mourinho swapping Schurrle for Hazard with the German asked to play mostly on the left with Mata in a more central position and Oscar right.

Dawson joined the booked players for a trip on Torres and Dembele followed soon after for one on Mata.

Between the two cautions Lloris denied Chelsea a second goal. Torres yet again did splendidly to commit his marker and then lay the ball into the path of Schurrle's run, but the Spurs keeper was having a good game himself it has to be admitted, and as Schurrle tried to lift the ball over, the Frenchman's reactions were equal to it.

Tottenham v Chelsea

The moment that had been threatening to come arrived on 81 minutes. The Spurs fans rose to their feet to demand punishment for Torres following another aerial coming together with Vertonghen. After a wait, referee Mike Dean produced the second yellow card that changed the balance of the rest of the game. Replays showed Torres and his team-mates had good cause to feel aggrieved.

Oscar was substituted by Cesar Azpilicueta as the Blues reshaped but Spurs moved onto the front foot.

Cech saved from substitute Jermain Defoe and Sigurdsson went close with an effort from long range but anything less than a point from this visit to the Lane would have been harsh on the Blues.

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, D Luiz, Terry (c), Cole; Mikel (Mata h/t), Lampard; Ramires, Oscar (Azpilicueta 82), Hazard (Schurrle 69); Torres.
Unused subs Schwarzer, Cahill, Essien, Eto'o.
Scorer Terry 65.
Torres 51, Ivanovic 57
Sent off Torres 81 for two yellows

Tottenham (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Walker, Dawson (c), Vertonghen, Naughton; Paulinho,Dembele; Townsend (Chadli 62), Eriksen (Holtby 69), Sigurdsson; Soldado (Defoe 76).
Unused subs Friedel, Chiriches, Lamela, Sandro.
Scorer Sigurdsson 19.
Booked Townsend 43, Eriksen 45+1, Vertonghen 64, Dawson 75, Dembele 77.

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