This Sat. Oct. 20 with feature one of the top English Premier League London derbies when Chelsea travel the few miles to take on Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane with Mike Dean handling the refereeing duties. Chelsea will enter the game as the league leaders and this match will kick off a tough two-week stretch for the club as they will then have to take on Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League before meeting Manchester United in both a league game and a League Cup showdown.
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Chelsea has 19 points so far from six wins and a draw while Spurs are in fifth place in the league table with 14 points from four wins, two draws and a loss. Their only loss was in the season opener when they dropped a 3-1 decision to Newcastle. Both of the teams are currently on six-game unbeaten streaks and this game will also create a lot of interest since ex-Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas is now in charge of Spurs.
Spurs usually get up for London derbies and they haven’t been beaten in one at home since early in the 2007/08 season when Arsenal beat them 3-1. Since then, they’ve won 13 and drawn seven derbies at home. The last meeting at White Hart Lane came last December and ended in a draw. Spurs have improved since then with the additions of Clint Dempsey, Hugo Lloris, and Moussa Dembélé. Up front, Jermain Defoe leads the way with four goals while Welsh star Gareth Bale has a pair.
Chelsea hammered Sours in their last meeting though, which was a 5-1 win in the FA Cup semi-final last season. It’ll be interesting to see who Villas-Boas plays in goal, either Brad Friedel or Lloris. Friedel had his streak of 310 consecutive league matches broken the other week against Aston villa when the manager decided to play French international captain Lloris. Whoever starts between thye posts will need to be sharp as Chelsea has scored 15 league goals so far on the season. Fernando Torres has four of them while Frank Lampard and Branislav Ivanović have three each. However, Lampard may miss the game due to injury.
Overall, Chelsea has lost just twice to Spurs in their last 10 meetings, but are winless in their last six games at White Hart Lane with three draws and three losses. To break the streak they will need goalkeeper Petr Cech to be at his best. He has been so far this season as he’s only alloeed four goals to get by him and hasn’t conceded anything in the second half odf games. But oerhaps the oddest statistic of all is the fact that spurs have only beaten Chelsea three times in 40 EPL games.
There will be a lot of talented footballers on the pitch on Saturday and Spurs seem to have the edge in speed. It should be a close game with a few scoring chances created. At the end of 90 minutes though there’s a good chance that there won’t be a winner and this match will end in a draw.