Match Preview: Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea
White Hart Lane, London N17 - The World Famous Home of the Spurs
Saturday 17th April 2010, Kick-Off 17:30
Premier League, Match 34 (35 for Chelsea)
Tottenham Hotspur: 5th in Premier League, 61 points from 99
Chelsea: 1st in Premier League, 77 points from 102
Referee: Phil Dowd
Assistant referees: Andy Halliday & Phil Sharp
Fourth official: Lee Probert
Tottenham Hotspur host League leaders Chelsea at White Hart Lane in the Saturday late kick-off Premier League match with both clubs locked in their respective battles for the end of season finishes. Spurs are looking to gain fourth spot away from Manchester City and qualify for the UEFA Champions League for the first time (although they did compete in the 1961-62 European Cup and reached the Semi-Finals) while Chelsea face a challenge from Manchester United for the League title.
Spurs are fresh from a magnificent 2-1 home win over arch rivals Arsenal, which effectively ended the Gunners' title aspirations. The match on Wednesday night at White Hart Lane will live long in the memory of all who saw it and especially so for young Danny Rose, making his full Premier League debut, who scored an absolutely amazing goal straight out of the comic books. Reward for Gareth Bale's fine work this season came with his first goal of the campaign after Jermain Defoe set him up with an exquisite through ball. But the hero of the night for Spurs was Brazilian goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, who made a string of world class saves to keep Arsenal at bay.
Chelsea's last League game saw a solid 1-0 home win over Bolton Wanderers with Didier Drogba providing the cross for Nicolas Anelka's nod-in. Drogba's fine season has included 25 Premier League goals and 11 assists so far. The reverse fixture earlier this season in September saw a comfortable 3-0 win to Chelsea with goals from Ashley Cole, Michael Ballack and Didier Drogba. Last season, Spurs finally ended a long winless League streak against Chelsea with a 1-0 victory at White Hart Lane thanks to a Luka Modric goal while the away fixture at Stamford Bridge resulted in a 1-1 draw with Darren Bent scoring for Tottenham.
This match is the second of three consecutive fixtures Tottenham are facing against the current Premier League Top 3 clubs. An away trip to Old Trafford is next up for Spurs on Saturday 24th April.
Harry Redknapp said he will wait on the fitness of 'one or two' players with knocks as he prepares the squad for Chelsea on Saturday.
However, the manager revealed that Aaron Lennon was not yet ready to return from his groin injury. The good news is that the winger took a full part in training on Friday. "It was great to see him out there again and it will be down to Aaron and how he feels," said Harry. "Hopefully it will be sooner rather than later and he'll be back in time to play a part before the end of the season." Also definitely missing are Niko Kranjcar, Vedran Corluka (ankle) and Jermain Jenas (illness). Wilson Palacios serves the second and final match of his two-match suspension. "JJ had a bit of a jog around today but he's been ill all week," added Harry. "Charlie (Corluka) has a protective boot on now for his ankle. He needed a painkilling injection at Wembley but he could be back before the end of the season." Harry said there was a chance that Ledley King could feature against Chelsea. Honduran Wilson Palacios will sit out the second of his two match suspension.
Chelsea's injury list includes Ricardo Carvalho, Branislav Ivanovic, Henrique Hilario, Ashley Cole, Michael Essien and Jose Bosingwa.
• Chelsea have gained more wins (21), scored more goals (66) and accumulated more points (75) against Tottenham in the Premier League than any other club.
• Tottenham went an English record 32 league games without a win against Chelsea until beating them 2-1 at White Hart Lane in November 2006.
• They are unbeaten in their last nine league matches at White Hart Lane, winning their last four. This is their second-longest unbeaten home run under Harry Redknapp - they went 13 home matches without defeat from December 2008 to August 2009.
• Tottenham, along with Manchester United, have only conceded 11 league goals at home this season, fewer than any other club in the division.
• Spurs have won only four of their 62 league matches against Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal since the turn of the Millennium.
• Chelsea have won their last four league games in succession. They have not won five in a row since last November.
• They are the division's leading scorers with 85 goals, and have found the target in each of their last 15 league games.
• The Blues are bidding for their 150th away win in the Premier League.
LAST MATCH LINE-UPS:
Tottenham Hotspur (W 2-1 Arsenal H)
Gomes, Kaboul, King, Dawson, Assou-Ekotto, Rose (Bentley 45), Huddlestone, Modric, Bale, Defoe (Gudjohnsen 68), Pavlyuchenko (Crouch 88)
Substitutes: Alnwick, Kyle Walker, Basong, Livermore
Yellow Cards: Kaboul, Dawson, Modric
Goals: Rose 10, Bale 47
Chelsea (W 1-0 Bolton Wanderers, H)
Cech, Ferreira, Terry, Alex, Lampard, Mikel, Ballack, Zhirkov, Drogba, Kalou (J Cole 77), Anelka (Malouda 67)
Substitutes: Hilario, Bruma, Van Aanholt, Deco, Sturridge
Yellow Card: Alex
Goal: Anelka 43
DAWSON ON CHELSEA:
Michael Dawson reflects on his rollercoaster week in Saturday's official matchday programme for the big one against Chelsea. The popular defender was on the floor, literally, after his slip on the playing surface at Wembley allowed Frederic Piquionne to open the scoring in Sunday's FA Cup semi-final defeat against Portsmouth. However, the disappointment turned into jubilation after beating Arsenal on Wednesday night and Michael threw his shirt into the crowd, swept away with the emotion at the Lane. 'Daws' was in reflective mood as he discussed what will be his 200th appearance in a Spurs shirt if he features against Chelsea after joining us from Nottingham Forest in January, 2005.
"I've had a fantastic five-and-a-half years here," said Daws. "I've had a few hard days in that time but I've also had a lot of good days too and you have to remember those. Football is a funny game and that's why people love it. You have to cherish the highs because you know you are going to experience the lows as well. "Sunday was the biggest low of the season by a long, long way, but then what a night it was on Wednesday. It was heart-breaking at Wembley and to be honest, it still is, but beating Arsenal certainly makes me feel better."
MARK LAWRENSON'S PREDICTION (BBC):
The performance by Tottenham against Arsenal was a great reaction to what happened at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final. Can they do it again? I'm going to have to say no. The problem for Spurs is: can Ledley King play again? I doubt it. I just think Chelsea have got too much pace, power and nous. Not only that, but they've had an extra day's rest and Carlo Ancelotti can bring Florent Malouda, Joe Cole and Deco back into his starting line-up. Chelsea were a bit tense in the 1-0 win over Bolton, but that might have been the game that decided the title. They're now four points clear with a superior goal difference, and the closer you get to the finish line, the more you tense up.
Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 0-2 Chelsea
Saturday afternoon's match will be the 183rd meeting between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea.
The two clubs have met in two Major Domestic Cup Finals with Spurs winning both the 1967 FA Cup Final and the 2008 League Cup Final both times by 2-1.
Here are the results of the previous 182 matches with Spurs' score shown first:
22-Feb-08Friendly - A D 1 - 1 Seeburg 18-Dec-09Division 1 50,000A L 1 - 2 Minter 05-Feb-10F.A. Cup 2 31,766A W 1 - 0 Humphreys 30-Apr-10Division 1 35,000H W 2 - 1 Minter, Humphreys 03-Oct-10Lon Prof Charity Fund 9,000A W 3 - 0 Minter, Brown (2) 10-Oct-10LonCharCup2 8,900H W 3 - 0 Minter, Brown, Steel R 07-Dec-12Division 1 36,771H W 1 - 0 Tattersall 12-Apr-13Division 1 50,500A L 0 - 1 06-Sep-13Division 1 65,000A W 3 - 1 Grimsdell, Cantrell (2) 27-Dec-13Division 1 29,355H L 1 - 2 Fleming 21-Feb-14Friendly - H L 3 - 7 Sparrow, Banks, Bliss 05-Sep-14Division 1 26,000H D 1 - 1 Cantrell 15-Oct-14Friendly - A D 1 - 1 Sparrow 02-Jan-15Division 1 31,000A D 1 - 1 Middlemiss 25-Sep-15London Comb1 8,683H L 1 - 3 Bliss 04-Dec-15London Comb1 8,000A L 1 - 8 Rance 02-Sep-16London Comb 4,000H L 0 - 2 25-Nov-16London Comb 10,000A W 4 - 2 Clay (pen), Banks (2), Bliss 08-Sep-17London Comb 12,000Hi L 0 - 4 03-Nov-17London Comb 8,000A D 0 - 0 29-Dec-17London Comb 8,000Hi W 2 - 0 Banks, Peake 23-Feb-18London Comb 20,000A L 0 - 3 13-Apr-18LondComb Sub 5,000A D 1 - 1 Peake 20-Apr-18LondComb Sub 5,000Hi L 0 - 1 05-Oct-18London Comb 12,000Hi W 2 - 1 Goldthorpe, Thomas 30-Nov-18London Comb 14,000A L 1 - 3 Peake 25-Jan-19London Comb 25,000Hi D 1 - 1 Goldthorpe 22-Mar-19London Comb 25,000A W 2 - 1 Minter, Banks 09-Oct-20Division 1 47,000H W 5 - 0 Wilson, Bliss (3), Dimmock 16-Oct-20Division 1 76,000A W 4 - 0 Wilson (2), Bliss, Dimmock 17-Dec-21Division 1 44,035H D 0 - 0 24-Dec-21Division 1 54,000A W 2 - 1 Bliss (2) 13-May-22Friendly - N D 1 - 1 Seed 16-Dec-22Division 1 50,000A D 0 - 0 23-Dec-22Division 1 33,068H W 3 - 1 Smith, Seed (2) 27-Aug-23Division 1 40,000A W 1 - 0 Lindsay 03-Sep-23Division 1 31,996H L 0 - 1 02-Feb-24Friendly - A D 0 - 0 08-Dec-28Division 2 45,840A D 1 - 1 Armstrong 20-Apr-29Division 2 24,356H W 4 - 1 O'Callaghan, Harper (3) 28-Sep-29Division 2 46,770A L 0 - 3 01-Feb-30Division 2 33,623H D 3 - 3 Thompson, Harper, Cook 27-Oct-30LonCharCup2 5,000A W 2 - 1 Rowley, Hartley 30-Sep-33Division 1 67,454A W 4 - 0 O'Callaghan, Hunt GS (3) 10-Feb-34Division 1 39,652H W 2 - 1 Hunt GS, Evans W (pen) 15-Sep-34Division 1 46,715A W 3 - 1 McCormick, Hunt GS, Evans W 30-Jan-35Division 1 28,121H L 1 - 3 Hunt DA 30-Sep-39Friendly - A L 2 - 4 Ludford, Medley 24-Feb-40FL South C 14,073A W 2 - 0 Hall GW, Dix 25-May-40FL South C 4,824H W 3 - 2 Burgess, Duncan (2) 14-Sep-40Reg Lge Sth 1,622H W 3 - 2 Ward, Ludford (2) (Restarted after air raid warning) 21-Sep-40Reg Lge Sth 1,756A L 1 - 4 Duncan 22-Nov-41London WarLge 6,718A D 1 - 1 Duncan 28-Feb-42London WarLge 6,558H W 2 - 0 Ludford (2) 31-Oct-42Football Lge Sth 12,625H D 1 - 1 Martin (pen) 06-Feb-43Football Lge Sth 12,125A W 1 - 0 Gibbons 06-Mar-43WW2 Lge Cup 13,438H W 2 - 0 Ludford (2) 27-Mar-43WW2 Lge Cup 11,707A W 2 - 0 Ludford, Broadis 30-Oct-43Football Lge Sth 10,375H W 5 - 1 Beasley, Rowley (2), Smith, Jones 08-Apr-44Football Lge Sth 25,000A D 1 - 1 Russell og 14-Oct-44Football Lge Sth 21,087H L 1 - 5 Stevens 27-Jan-45Football Lge Sth 20,540A W 2 - 1 Walters, Rowley 17-Nov-45Football Lge Sth 35,343A W 2 - 1 Dix, Lyman 24-Nov-45Football Lge Sth 43,717H W 3 - 2 Broadis (2), Gibbons 02-Mar-46Friendly - H W 4 - 2 Foreman (2), Dix, Whitchurch 14-Oct-50Division 1 65,992A W 2 - 0 Walters, Duquemin 03-Mar-51Division 1 59,449H W 2 - 1 Burgess, Wright 17-Nov-51Division 1 48,985H W 3 - 2 Nicholson, Bennett, Duquemin 30-Apr-52Division 1 46,574A W 2 - 0 Bennett, Medley 25-Oct-52Division 1 62,688A L 1 - 2 Ramsey (pen) 14-Mar-53Division 1 47,903H L 2 - 3 Willis (pen), Bennett 07-Nov-53Division 1 44,795H W 2 - 1 Walters, Baily 27-Mar-54Division 1 49,315A L 0 - 1 13-Nov-54Division 1 52,961A L 1 - 2 Gavin 02-Apr-55Division 1 53,159H L 2 - 4 Duquemin (2) 15-Oct-55Division 1 48,195A L 0 - 2 25-Feb-56Division 1 46,767H W 4 - 0 Marchi, Brooks (2), Smith R 06-Oct-56Division 1 55,788A W 4 - 2 Stokes (3), Robb 26-Jan-57F.A. Cup 4 66,398H W 4 - 0 Medwin, Harmer, Smith R, Stokes 20-Feb-57Division 1 20,849H L 3 - 4 Medwin, Harmer (pen), Stokes 24-Aug-57Division 1 52,580H D 1 - 1 Stokes 21-Dec-57Division 1 39,747A W 4 - 2 Medwin, Harmer, Smith R (2) 27-Aug-58Division 1 59,203A L 2 - 4 Medwin, Smith R 03-Sep-58Division 1 50,299H W 4 - 0 Medwin (3), Robb 15-Apr-60Division 1 67,819A W 3 - 1 Smith R (3) 18-Apr-60Division 1 37,200H L 0 - 1 31-Mar-61Division 1 65,032H W 4 - 2 Jones (2), Saul, Allen 03-Apr-61Division 1 57,103A W 3 - 2 Norman, Smith R, Medwin 26-Dec-61Division 1 51,282H W 2 - 0 Greaves, Jones 30-Dec-61Division 1 44,630A W 5 - 2 Mackay, Allen, Jones (3) 21-Sep-63Division 1 57,401A W 3 - 0 Baker, Smith R, Shellito og 05-Jan-64F.A. Cup 3 49,382H D 1 - 1 Dyson 08-Jan-64F.A. Cup 3 Replay70,123A L 0 - 2 01-Feb-64Division 1 51,007H L 1 - 2 Greaves 24-Oct-64Division 1 52,927H D 1 - 1 Jones 20-Feb-65F.A. Cup 5 63,205A L 0 - 1 10-Mar-65Division 1 51,390A L 1 - 3 Gilzean 11-Dec-65Division 1 42,299H W 4 - 2 Gilzean (2), Jones (2) 08-Jan-66Division 1 48,529A L 1 - 2 Mackay (pen), Saul 26-Oct-66Division 1 54,191A L 0 - 3 18-Mar-67Division 1 48,553H D 1 - 1 Greaves 20-May-67F.A. Cup Final 100,000Wem W 2 - 1 Robertson, Saul 18-Nov-67Division 1 53,981H W 2 - 0 Gilzean, Jones 13-Apr-68Division 1 53,049A L 0 - 2 31-Aug-68Division 1 48,412A D 2 - 2 Jones, Greaves 22-Mar-69Division 1 47,349H W 1 - 0 Johnson 27-Aug-69Division 1 47,661H D 1 - 1 Pearce 04-Apr-70Division 1 44,925A L 0 - 1 14-Nov-70Division 1 61,277A W 2 - 0 Mullery, Pearce 13-Mar-71Division 1 49,292H W 2 - 1 Chivers, Peters 27-Nov-71Division 1 52,591A L 0 - 1 22-Dec-71League Cup SF (1L) 43,330A L 2 - 3 Naylor, Chivers 05-Jan-72League Cup SF (2L) 52,755H D 2 - 2 Chivers, Peters (pen) 15-Apr-72Division 1 45,799H W 3 - 0 Chivers (2), Coates 21-Oct-72Division 1 47,429H L 0 - 1 03-Apr-73Division 1 25,536A W 1 - 0 Pratt 03-Apr-74Division 1 23,646H L 1 - 2 Evans 15-Apr-74Division 1 26,258A D 0 - 0 12-Oct-74Division 1 32,660A L 0 - 1 19-Apr-75Division 1 50,998H W 2 - 0 Conn, Perryman 26-Aug-78Division 1 40,632H D 2 - 2 Armstrong, Duncan 18-Nov-78Division 1 42,328A W 3 - 1 Lee (2), Hoddle 06-Mar-82F.A. Cup 6 42,557A W 3 - 2 Hazard, Archibald, Hoddle 24-Nov-84Division 1 31,197H D 1 - 1 Falco 27-Apr-85Division 1 26,310A D 1 - 1 Galvin 04-Sep-85Division 1 23,642H W 4 - 1 Roberts, Miller, Falco, Chiedozie 28-Dec-85Division 1 37,115A L 0 - 2 13-Sep-86Division 1 28,202H L 1 - 3 Allen C (pen) 20-Dec-86Division 1 21,576A W 2 - 0 Allen C (2) 22-Aug-87Division 1 37,079H W 1 - 0 Claesen 02-Jan-88Division 1 29,317A D 0 - 0 16-Aug-88Friendly - A D 0 - 0 16-Sep-89Division 1 16,260H L 1 - 4 Gascoigne 10-Feb-90Division 1 29,130A W 2 - 1 Howells, Lineker 01-Dec-90Division 1 33,478A L 2 - 3 Gascoigne, Lineker 16-Jan-91League Cup 5 34,178A D 0 - 0 23-Jan-91League Cup 5 Replay 33,861H L 0 - 3 02-Mar-91Division 1 26,168H D 1 - 1 Lineker (pen) 24-Aug-91Division 1 34,645H L 1 - 3 Lineker 11-Jan-92Division 1 28,628A L 0 - 2 05-Dec-92FA Prem 31,540H L 1 - 2 Campbell 20-Mar-93FA Prem 25,157A D 1 - 1 Sheringham (pen) 01-Aug-93Makita Int 12,780H L 0 - 4 01-Sep-93FA Prem 27,567H D 1 - 1 Sheringham (pen) 27-Feb-94FA Prem 19,398A L 3 - 4 Sedgley, Dozzell, Gray (pen) 23-Nov-94FA Prem 27,037H D 0 - 0 11-Feb-95FA Prem 30,812A D 1 - 1 Sheringham 25-Nov-95FA Prem 31,059A D 0 - 0 27-Apr-96FA Prem 32,918H D 1 - 1 Armstrong 26-Oct-96FA Prem 28,318A L 1 - 3 Armstrong 01-Feb-97FA Prem 33,027H L 1 - 2 Howells 06-Dec-97FA Prem 28,476H L 1 - 6 Vega 11-Apr-98FA Prem 34,149A L 0 - 2 19-Dec-98FA Prem 34,881A L 0 - 2 10-May-99FA Prem 35,878H D 2 - 2 Iversen, Ginola 12-Jan-00FA Prem 34,989A L 0 - 1 05-Feb-00FA Prem 36,041H L 0 - 1 28-Oct-00FA Prem 34,483A L 0 - 3 16-Apr-01FA Prem 36,074H L 0 - 3 16-Sep-01FA Prem 36,037H L 2 - 3 Sheringham (2) 09-Jan-02League Cup SF (1L) 37,264A L 1 - 2 Ferdinand 23-Jan-02League Cup SF (2L) 36,100H W 5 - 1 Iversen, Sherwood, Sheringham, Davies, Rebrov 09-Mar-02F.A. Cup 6 32,896H L 0 - 4 13-Mar-02FA Prem 39,652A L 0 - 4 03-Nov-02FA Prem 36,049H D 0 - 0 01-Feb-03FA Prem 41,384A D 1 - 1 Sheringham 13-Sep-03FA Prem 41,165A L 2 - 4 Kanoute (2) 03-Apr-04FA Prem 36,101H L 0 - 1 19-Sep-04FA Prem 42,246A D 0 - 0 15-Jan-05FA Prem 36,105H L 0 - 2 27-Aug-05FA Prem 36,077H L 0 - 2 11-Mar-06FA Prem 42,243A L 1 - 2 Jenas 05-Nov-06FA Prem 36,070H W 2 - 1 Dawson, Lennon 11-Mar-07F.A. Cup 6 41,517A D 3 - 3 Berbatov, Essien og, Ghaly 19-Mar-07F.A. Cup 6 Replay 35,519H L 1 - 2 Keane (pen) 07-Apr-07FA Prem 41,864A L 0 - 1 12-Jan-08FA Prem 41,777A L 0 - 2 18-Mar-08FA Prem 36,178H D 4 - 4 Woodgate, Berbatov, Huddlestone, Keane 24-Feb-08League Cup Final 87,660Wem W 2 - 1 (a.e.t) Berbatov (pen), Woodgate 31-Aug-08FA Prem 41,790A D 1 - 1 Bent 21-Mar-09FA Prem 36,034 H W 1 - 0 Modric 20-Sep-09FA Prem41,623A L 0 - 3
LAST TIME WE MET...
Chelsea 3-0 Tottenham Hotspur
Stamford Bridge, Premier League, Sunday 20th September 2009
Chelsea thumped London rivals Tottenham to move back to the top of the Premier League and continue their 100% winning start to the season. Jose Bosingwa hit the woodwork for Chelsea before Ashley Cole headed home Didier Drogba's cross at the far post. Spurs had chances too, and felt they should have had a penalty when Ricardo Carvalho clipped Robbie Keane. Three minutes later, Michael Ballack bundled home Chelsea's second goal and Drogba ran clear to wrap up their win.
Manchester United had briefly leapfrogged the Blues at the top of the table following their thrilling win over neighbours Manchester City earlier in the day. This derby encounter was nowhere near as eventful but underlined how much of a force Chelsea will be under new boss Carlo Ancelotti this season. Tottenham, who only suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of United last weekend, demonstrated why they are also flying high at the top of the table by taking the game to their hosts in the early stages. Indeed, after Bosingwa had smacked a powerful drive against the angle of post and bar from the corner of the area, it was the visitors who looked more likely to open the scoring.
Jermain Defoe should have done far better when he latched on to a ball over the top by Wilson Palacios but could only scuff his shot straight at Petr Cech. Tom Huddlestone also tested the home keeper with a low drive, before Jermaine Jenas fired inches wide from the edge of the area after Nicolas Anelka lost possession. But Chelsea, who have not lost at home to Spurs since 1990, gradually imposed themselves on the game - and having already gone close through a Frank Lampard header - Cole put them in front on 32 minutes. The impressive Drogba found space on the right and whipped in a teasing cross that Cole met with a diving header.
Tottenham suffered another blow at the start of the second half when Ledley King had to come off after suffering a hamstring injury as he tried to turn and chase Drogba. The visitors were then left bemused by referee Howard Webb's failure to award them a spot-kick when Carvalho's diving challenge sent Keane, who was bearing down on goal, tumbling. Keane was incredulous, chasing Webb and asking why he had not booked him for diving if no contact had been made. Tottenham's sense of injustice was increased when Chelsea scored their second goal with their next attack.
Drogba's snap-shot was well saved by Carlo Cudicini but Lampard reached the rebound and turned the ball back across goal for Ballack to turn it in. Five minutes later it was 3-0 when Drogba chased a long ball and Vedran Corluka's attempt to tackle him only succeeded in diverting the ball past Cudicini, giving the Ivorian an easy tap-in. There was no way back from there for Spurs and it took an instinctive save by Cudicini to stop John Mikel Obi from adding a fourth. Only a late calf injury to Drogba took the shine off Chelsea's day as they notched up a club-record 11th straight Premier League win and, given the role he played in his side's victory, Ancelotti will hope it does not prove to be serious. Spurs will also be concerned over Cameroon defender Sebastien Bassong, who was stretchered off after falling awkwardly and was later taken to hospital with a head injury.
Cech, A Cole, Carvalho, Bosingwa, Terry, Essien, Lampard, Ballack (Mikel 62), Malouda, Drogba (Kalou 85), Anelka (Borini 89)
Substitutes: Hilario, Ivanovic, Belletti, Hutchinson
Goals: A Cole 32, Ballack 58, Drogba 63
Cudicini, Bassong (Kranjcar 82), Corluka, King (Hutton 48), Assou-Ekotto, Huddlestone, Lennon, Jenas, Palacios, Keane, Defoe (Crouch 67)
Substitutes: Gomes, Naughton, Bentley, Giovani Dos Santos
Yellow Cards, Bassong, Jenas
Referee: Howard Webb, Attendance: 41623