Spurs v CHELSEA: Preview


Venue: White Hart Lane
Date: Thursday 1 January 2015
Kick-off: 17:30 GMT

This afternoon’s late game sees us make the short trip to White Hart Lane to take on Spurs in our first game of 2015. We’ll be facing a Spurs side in decent form, unbeaten in their last five and with a point off United on Boxing Day, so they’ll want to make sure we don’t walk away with this in the same manner we did the reverse fixture last month.
It was a point for us as well Boxing Day, up against a resilient Southampton defence and an even more resolute ref apparently. So as well as doing a bit better away from home today, we’ll have to hope all officials have their hearing and eyesight intact.

MANAGER’S VIEW
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino seems to have been a bit quiet before this game.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho meanwhile, says “We are top of the league at the end of the first round because we deserve it and because it is a consequence of what we did. Chelsea is playing very well since the beginning of the season. That’s the only thing we work at, the only thing we concentrate on. And in the second part of the season we are going to try to do exactly the same thing. Against Tottenham, we will be there again trying to get a good result.”

SQUAD NEWS
For Spurs, Nabil Bentaleb (illness) faces a late test but is expected to be available. Erik Lamela and Kyle Walker could also return to the starting lineup.
For Chelsea, there are no new injuries although Mourinho could make some changes to the 11 who started against Southampton, with Filipe Luis, John Obi Mikel and Andre Schurrle replaced by Cesar Azpilicueta, Oscar and Willian.

TEAMS
SPURS (Possible line-up): Lloris; Walker, Fazio, Vertonghen, Davies; Mason, Bentaleb, Lamela, Eriksen, Chadli; Kane
CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Fabregas, Matic, Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa

LAST SEASON
Spurs 1-1 Chelsea (28 September 2013)

OTHER STUFF
•Spurs are unbeaten in their last five league matches
•Chelsea are unbeaten in their last six
•Spurs have lost just one of their last eight in the Premier League
•Chelsea have lost just the 1 game in 21 matches in all competitions this season
•Spurs have won 3 and lost just 1 of their last 8 at home to Chelsea in the league
•Chelsea are unbeaten in their last four visits to White Hart Lane in the league
•Spurs have won just four home top-flight matches this season
•Chelsea have won just one of their last four on the road in the Premier League
•3 of the last 4 games against these sides at WHL have ended in a 1-1 draw

PREDICTION
We’re unbeaten in our last four visits to WHL in the league but three of those have ended 1-1, add the fact that we’ve also won just one of our last four away, we really struggled to get through the Southampton defence only days ago, whilst Lloris showed incredible form against United, and we probably shouldn’t expect anything more than a point this afternoon.

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