Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur : Match Preview and Prediction

It is London derby time as Chelsea take on Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. It is expected to be a crunch match, especially for Chelsea after the goalless draw at the Stadium of Light.

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Chelsea will be without their prolific striker Diego Costa, as he serves suspension for collecting his fifth yellow card of the season against Sunderland on Saturday. Thus it will be either Didier Drogba or Loic Remy who will be playing as the front-man against Spurs. Considering recent goal-scoring form and past records, Drogba is expected to be given the nod ahead of Remy. There are no fresh injury concerns for Chelsea and are expected to field more or less the same team they did at Sunderland, except Costa. However, Jose Mourinho may try and freshen up the team a bit ahead of a very hectic Christmas schedule.

Tottenham Hotspur

Vlad Chiriches is doubtful for the match on Wednesday. He is suffering from a muscle injury and in case he doesn’t pass a late fitness test, Kyle Naughton or Eric Dier will take his place at centre back. Moreover, Kyle Walker, who has been out for six months with an abdominal injury, might just make a comeback against Chelsea. He underwent a surgery last month to cure the problem which also kept him out of the World Cup.



For the first time this season, Chelsea were unable to score a goal in a match with Sunderland demonstrating immense defensive discipline. Although Chelsea still remain six points above second-placed Manchester City, a slip up can be dangerous at this point. Though there is nothing to panic yet, Tottenham will be encouraged by the fact that they will not have to face the exceptional Diego Costa. That said, Drogba does have an impressive record against the Spurs, and Mauricio Pochettino will be wary of that. His last goal against Spurs was an astonishing volley in the FA Cup semi-final in 2012.

Tottenham Hotspur

After enduring a poor start to the season, Spurs now sit just two points behind Manchester United. Their 2-1 win against Everton last weekend will have increased their confidence. Though Spurs have almost always struggled to come out of Stamford Bridge with a positive result, the absence of Diego Costa coupled Roberto Soldado’s return to goal scoring ways will have got them thinking of this being a perfect opportunity to produce a shock.


Chelsea have won 28 of their last 34 matches at Stamford Bridge losing just once, while Tottenham have 3 and lost 1 of their last 6 away games in the Premier League. The Spurs last won at Stamford Bridge in February 1990 when Gary Lineker scored the winner in a 2-1 win. Chelsea have lost only one of their last 17 London derbies, the only defeat coming against Crystal Palace last season.


Chelsea 4-0 Tottenham Hotspur 08/03/2014


Chelsea 4-0 Tottenham Hotspur 08/03/2014
Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Chelsea 28/09/2013
Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur 08/05/2013
Tottenham Hotspur 2-4 Chelsea 20/10/2012
Chelsea 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur 24/03/2012


Chelsea: Courtois(GK), Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry(C), Azpilicueta, Matic, Fabregas, Hazard, Oscar, Willian, Drogba.

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris(GK), Naughton, Vertonghen(C), Fazio, Davies, Lennon, Bentaleb, Mason, Eriksen, Kane, Soldado.


Chelsea 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur


DATE: 03/12/2014
TIME: 1945 GMT / 0115 IST
VENUE: Stamford Bridge
REFEREE: Mike Dean

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Edited By: Ankur Bhatt

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