Tim Sherwood will be the latest manager to attempt to end Tottenham Hotspur ‘s 24-year hoodoo at Stamford Bridge when they visit Chelsea on Saturday.
Jose Mourinho branded Chelsea’s six point advantage as ‘fake’ but the Blues are showing that they are nothing less than title contenders.
With Arsenal and Manchester City in FA Cup action this weekend, and second-placed Liverpool not playing in the league again until next Sunday, Mourinho’s side have the opportunity to build a strong lead at the summit.
Spurs on the other hand have been good overall but not better especially with the £100m spent n the summer transfer window. They have won one point fewer than at the same stage last season and sit in fifth spot having scored only 37 goals in the league so far which is the lowest among the top eight sides.
Chelsea enter this game on the back of a 3-1 win at Fulham where Andre Schurrle’s heroics won the game for the Blues and Tottenham also registered a 1-0 home win against Cardiff City.
Saturday’s clash has got a scent of derby to it and also a crucial game for both the sides as it plays an important role in the title race and also the race for the Champions League berth.
Chelsea will definitely be gunning for all the three points as it puts Chelsea seven points clear at the top and Tottenham too will go for the same as they look forward to catch up with the race for champions league spot.
Last five games (all competitions)
Fulham 1-3 Chelsea (PL)
Galatasaray 1-1 Chelsea (UCL)
Chelsea 1-0 Everton (PL)
Manchester City 2-0 Chelsea (FAC)
West Brom 1-1 Chelsea (PL)
Tottenham 1-0 Cardiff City (PL)
Tottenham 3-1 Dnipro (UEL)
Norwich 1-0 Tottenham (PL)
Dnipro 1-0 Tottenham (UEL)
Newcastle United 0-4 Tottenham (PL)
Long-term absentee Marko Van Ginkel has returned to training but he is unlikely to make an appearance in this game. Torres or Eto’o might be chosen to lead the line for Chelsea while it will be hard decision to choose between Willian, Salah and Schurrle. Oscar and Hazard will be handed starts and Lampard, Matic, Ramires are all available for the game.
Tottenham will look to rely on the firepower of Adebayor with the striker hitting top form recently while Walker, Kaboul and Eriksen might make the starting eleven. Lamela, Capoue, Rose and Chiriches are set to miss the game due to various injuries.
* Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 13 Premier League games.
* Chelsea have the tightest defence in the Premier League, conceding only 22 goals in 28 games including 12 clean sheets.
* Chelsea are unbeaten at home in the league since jan 16th 2013.
* Jose Mourinho is unbeaten at Stamford Bridge in all 90 domestic games in open play.
* Tottenham have not beaten Chelsea since 2010 in all competitions.
* Tottenham have the best away record in the Premier League with most wins (nine) and 29 points from 14 games, three points more than Arsenal and four more than Chelsea.
* Tottenham have only dropped six points from winning positions.
* Tottenham have won 13 and not lost any of the 16 games when they opened the scoring.
Venue: Stamford Bridge, London.
Kick-off: 17:30 GMT
Referee: Michael Oliver
Author’s verdict: Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham