With the help of club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton, we look back on some past encounters with tonight's opponents...
We Have History
Chelsea have only lost one of our past 32 games against Tottenham at home in all competitions (20 wins, 11 draws). The defeat came in the corresponding fixture last season.
Twenty-five years ago today – 27 February 1994 – the Blues won a thrill-a-minute derby against the north Londoners at the Bridge by four goals to three. Apart from the seven goals, the game’s other notable features were the 5pm Sunday kick-off time, and the awarding of three penalties by referee John Lloyd.
The visitors were two up inside 20 minutes thanks to Steve Sedgley and Jason Dozzell. Then three goals in 12 minutes – a rare Mal Donaghy strike, Mark Stein on the turn, and John Spencer’s rising drive – turned things west London’s way, establishing a 3-2 half-time lead.
After the break it was a tale of three spot-kicks. At the mid-point the Lilywhites levelled when substitute Andy Gray sent Dmitri Kharine the wrong way after Erland Johnsen had handled. Inside the last 10 minutes there was dismay when the Russia keeper brought down a charging Ronnie Rosenthal, but he made amends by saving Gray’s scuffed attempt.
Minutes later Dean Austin clattered Gavin Peacock in the area. During a recent Dennis Wise absence, Stein had taken over penalty duty and it was the Blues’ no.21 who again stepped up. He smashed the winner past Ian Walker with such memorable venom it rebounded off a stanchion almost as far as the halfway line. That game and others can be re-lived in the video above.
Chelsea’s most recent victory in this fixture came in November 2016, and was attacking midfielder Oscar’s last appearance for the Blues. Christian Eriksen gave the visitors a good start, but Pedro and Victor Moses, either side of the interval, turned things round for Antonio Conte’s future title-winners. Savour those highlights below...
The first silverware under the ownership of Roman Abramovich was secured on 27 February 2005 when striker Mateja Kezman scored the winner in a 3-2 League Cup final victory over Liverpool at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.
Chelsea are looking to avoid three consecutive league losses against Tottenham for the first time since a run of five victories between 1961 and 1963, and to avoid a league double against the Lilywhites for the first time since 1970/71.
In the reverse fixture at Wembley in November, Tottenham won 3-1 with the goals coming from Dele Alli (8 mins), Harry Kane (16) and Heung-Min Son (54). Olivier Giroud replied five minutes from time.
LAST SEASON’S CORRESPONDING MATCH
Biggest league win at Stamford Bridge for each team
Chelsea 4-0 Tottenham - 13/03/2002 and 08/03/2014
Chelsea 0-4 Tottenham - 16/10/1920 and 30/09/1933