Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur - Match Preview, Stats & Team News

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To be played on Saturday 8th March 2014 at 17:30. Venue: Stamford Bridge, London.

Odds: Chelsea 8/13, Draw 3/1, Tottenham Hotspur 6/1

Last season: 2-2

Preview & injury news

Chelsea have an opportunity to pile the pressure on the rest of their title rivals this weekend, as they are the only one of the top four sides in Premier League action. They go into the game four points ahead of Liverpool and Arsenal in second and third place respectively, though Jose Mourinho will inevitably insist that the title race is still in the hands of Manchester City given that they trail Chelsea by six points having played two games less, but with a better goal difference. Chelsea's form in the league is very good as they are unbeaten in their last 13 league matches winning 10 of them.

Tottenham will be hoping to put the pressure on those above them as they are still targeting a Champions League spot - but their record at Stamford Bridge isn't the best as they haven't won away at Chelsea since the Premier League was formed. They currently sit four points behind Manchester City having played two games more - but their main rivals for fourth will probably come from Liverpool or Arsenal who are a further two points ahead. Their league form isn't bad either as they enter a difficult set of fixtures having won seven of their last ten.

On the injury front, there was a bit of a worry for Chelsea about the in-form Eden Hazard who had picked up a slight ankle injury whilst on international duty with Belgium but has declared himself fit to play for Saturday evening's game. Marco Van Ginkel is their only other reported absentee - as he is still recovering from a long-term knee injury sustained earlier on in the season.

For Spurs they have a few injury worries. Kyle Walker pulled out of the England squad this week because of a thigh problem but there is a chance he may be considered for selection, along with fellow defender Younes Kaboul who has had a calf problem. Midfielder Christian Eriksen is also said to be a doubt with a back problem, whilst Danny Rose is likely to miss out with a knee injury. Both Erik Lamela and Vlad Chiriches are sidelined with back injuries whilst Etienne Capoue has an ankle problem.

Key stats

Here are the two side's top scorers in the Premier League this season:

NameTeamPosGoalsAppsMins
Eden Hazard Chelsea FW 12 28 2,370
Emmanuel Adebayor Spurs FW 8 13 1,088
Samuel Eto'o Chelsea FW 6 17 1,101
Oscar Chelsea MF 6 26 1,725
Andre Schürrle Chelsea FW 6 20 758
Roberto Soldado Spurs FW 6 23 1,709
Paulinho Spurs MF 4 22 1,832

Their average possession statistics during this campaign

NamePossession PercentagePlayed
Tottenham Hotspur 54.50 28
Chelsea 54.07 28

And the amount of clean sheets the two sides have kept.

NameClean SheetPlayed
Tottenham Hotspur 12 28
Chelsea 12 28

5 players to watch

John Terry - Out of the central defenders at Jose Mourinho's disposal, Terry should be the fittest and freshest given he hasn't had any international football to play. With an in form Emmanuel Adebayor and possibly a resurgent Roberto Soldado playing for Spurs - the Chelsea captain will have to be at his best so he doesn't give either of them any chances.

Roberto Soldado - Tim Sherwood said he just needed one of those chances to go in for him, and one of them did last weekend as he scored the winner against Cardiff City. Will it be the start of a scoring run that continues at Stamford Bridge? Or is it a false dawn for the Spaniard and Spurs?

Eden Hazard - There was a little worry from the international break that Hazard would have to sit this one out because of an ankle knock he picked up playing for Belgium. He has been in terrific form for Chelsea this season - his latest contribution was to Andre Schurrle's hat-trick last week. The chances are if the hosts win this weekend, he will have a big say.

Sandro - The 'beast' has returned and seems to have slotted right into the team, making an effective contribution in both wins since his return. Spurs will need their midfielder to be at his best to try and get some control of the middle of the park.

Samuel Eto'o - It's always interesting to see who Mourinho will go with up front. For the past two games it has been Fernando Torres, so Eto'o may well return to the line-up this weekend - either for tactical reasons or because Mourinho is looking to keep the squad fresh. Eto'o seems to relish playing in the big games for Chelsea, so it wouldn't be a surprise if his name were to appear on the scoresheet.

Earlier on in the season

Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Chelsea, September 2013

It was the first meeting between Andre Villas-Boas and Jose Mourinho as managers and the game finished honours even. Tottenham were dominant in the first half but only managed to convert one of their chances courtesy of terrific finish from Gylfi Sigurdsson who was off balance at the time. Mourinho brought Juan Mata into the action at half time and the momentum started to shift towards the visitors, and they were awarded when John Terry headed home Juan Mata's free kick. There was still time for more action, including what appeared to be a scratch from Fernando Torres on Jan Vertonghen. Torres was later sent off ten minutes from time after an aerial clash with Vertonghen, which led Chelsea manger to brand the Spurs defender as a disgrace.

 

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