Match Preview – Chelsea (A)

Tottenham travel to Chelsea this week in the first mid-week fixture of the season. Our away form this year gives Spurs momentum going into the game, whilst carrying slight optimism. Chelsea are taking the Premier League by storm this campaign, with Jose Mourinho’s side unbeaten so far. Given Tottenham’s change in fortune against Everton, could they be the side to knock Chelsea off their perch?

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Kick-Off: 7:45pm

Television Coverage: Not televised

Tottenham haven’t won at Stamford Bridge since 1990, and will be hoping to correct the 10 defeats and 17 draws picked up at the home of Chelsea. Worryingly for Spurs, Chelsea have list one of their last 17 Premier League London derbies, winning 12 and drawing 4. One for the neutrals, both side have won the most points (9) from a losing position in the league this season.

Statistics (via BBC Sport)

Tottenham have never won at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League (D8, L14). Their last victory at Chelsea in any competition came in February 1990. They have drawn 10 and lost 17 of the games since that win. Four of the last six league meetings have been draws.

Tottenham have lost just one of their last six Premier League away games (W3, D2). They have won three of their last four league games, losing the other. Spurs and Chelsea have both won the most points from losing positions in the league this season, both nine. Only Yaya Toure (14) and Steven Gerrard (12) have scored more Premier League goals from midfield in 2014 than Christian Eriksen (11). Roberto Soldado ended a run of 627 minutes without a league goal against Everton on Sunday.

Star ManHarry Kane

Without picking up a single card this season, Tottenham’s friendly giant has taken North London by storm. Playing over 737 minutes for the club in all competitions, Kane has made the most of his 14 appearances so far, scoring 5 European goals and 2 in the league. Not only does he contribute with goals, but the talented forward’s pass success rate of 79%, accompanied by his one league assist this season, has made for pleasurable viewing for Tottenham Hotspur.

Opposition focus

Chelsea are undefeated this season in all competitions (W15, D5). Their last league defeat came on 19 April – a 2-1 home reverse against Sunderland. Chelsea have won 28 of their last 34 home league games (D5, L1). Jose Mourinho’s side have kept 11 clean sheets in their last 14 Premier League home matches. Didier Drogba has scored three goals and assisted four more in his last eight league games against Spurs.

Team News

Doubtful: Emmanuel Adebayor (hamstring), Etienne Capoue, Nacer Chadli, Younes Kaboul (knee), Danny Rose (rib), Andros Townsend (ankle)

Injured: Kyle Walker (abdominal)

Predictions

Starting XI – Lloris, Chiriches, Fazio, Vertonghen, Davies, Bentaleb, Mason, Lennon, Eriksen, Kane, Soldado

Score – Chelsea 3-1 Tottenham

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