Spurs v Chelsea then. This one is a Sky TV marketing wet dream. For Spurs fans and AVB its about payback, whilst Chelsea fans simply want to “put AVB & Spurs in their place”. Talk on the Chelsea forums suggests that they really don’t rate AVB as a manager and that he’ll run out of luck/talent before the year is out and see us finish midtable.
In relations to the actual game….
“Can’t see us losing this, they’ve replaced Modric and Van Der Vaart with a couple of Fulham players and one from Swansea.”
“We are a lot better than them. Plus they have AVB he’s bound to mess this up some how or other.”
“We are the Champions of Europe. Lets make White Hart Lane the fortress is used to be for us.”
“They need putting in their place big time. I think we’ve got the squad to do it too. Need to mark Dembele out of the game and we’re halfway there. “
“Dembele is basically everything that Essien was for us circa 2005-2007. He’s immense because he has skill, but can run with the ball and outmuscle you in attack.”
“Dembele and sandro are an excellent midfield. bale can cause troubles for any rightback and ivanovic I think has been average defensively so far this season.”
“Have a funny feeling about this one. Spurs have come into some form and possess dangerous players. Combine that with AVB facing Chelsea for the first time, something is telling me that Spurs might just pull it out of the bag.”
Chelsea fan forum predictions: Spurs Win 20%, Draw 40%, Chelsea Win 40%
-Chelsea have failed to win in their last six Premier League visits to White Hart Lane since a 2-0 victory in August 2005 with goals from Asier Del Horno and Damien Duff.
-Tottenham are unbeaten in nine matches in all competitions
-Spurs have lost just two of their last 22 league matches at White Hart Lane (W15, D5, L2).
-Spurs are unbeaten in their last 20 Premier League home matches against fellow London opposition since a 3-1 defeat by Arsenal in September 2007.
-Defeat by Tottenham would leave Chelsea with an identical record to the same stage last season when managed by Andre Villas-Boas (W6, D1, L1).
-Fernando Torres has now scored 11 league goals in 53 games for Chelsea – it took him just 19 games to reach that mark for Liverpool.
Team News & Selection
AVB reports that Naughton and Livermore are in the frame for this one where as Benny, Kaboul and Parker who is now out until Christmas, are still injured.
Same team again please. Let’s not mess around with it.
If we can concentrate on the match for long enough in between the endless chants of “Thursday night, channel 5” that’s sure to be mentioned once of twice, then I reckon it’ll be a great game. 2-2 though. COYS.