Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur, Sat March 8th, 5.30pm
The North London derby between Spurs and Arsenal has historically been the deciding factor in dominance of the Capital, but the emergence of Chelsea in recent years as a force, not just in England but in Europe, has meant a certain realignment in what is meant by the ‘Big’ London derby.
Although contests between Arsenal and Chelsea have generally had an impact on who wins silverware, the games between Spurs and the Blues have carried a significant amount of extra spice about them – for numerous reasons.
Those reasons include; Abramovich supposedly choosing Chelsea ahead of Spurs as the club to lavish his millions on, Chelsea’s poaching of Frank Arnesen, trying to wrench Modric away from the Lane, the whole AVB thing, Chelsea’s marathon unbeaten run in the fixture, Mata’s ‘phantom’ goal in the semi-final at Wembley, the victory over Bayern that ousted Spurs from the following season’s Champion League tournament despite finishing 4th and, most recently, Willian’s snubbing of Spurs to join the Blues instead – all of which has ensured there is no shortage of animosity between the pair.
Chelsea have dominated in the modern era; of their 43 Premeir League encounters Spurs have been on the wrong end 23 times and won a mere 3, all of which were at White Hart Lane.
Not since Gary Lineker headed home Nayim’s cross at the far post on February 10, 1990, have Tottenham beaten Chelsea at Stamford Bridge – a full two years before Christian Eriksen was born. Sinead O’Connor was number one at the time with ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ – it was that long ago…
CHELSEA 3/5 DRAW 11/4 TOTTENHAM 5/1
Chelsea 1-0 Tottenham 6/1
Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham 7/1
Chelsea 3-0 Tottenham 11/1
Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham 7/1
Chelsea 3-1 Tottenham 12/1
Chelsea 3-2 Tottenham 22/1
Draws- 0-0: 10/1, 1-1: 13/2, 2-2: 14/1, 3-3: 60/1
Chelsea 0-1 Tottenham 16/1
Chelsea 0-2 Tottenham 35/1
Chelsea 1-2 Tottenham 17/1
Chelsea 1-3 Tottenham 55/1
Chelsea 2-3 Tottenham 50/1
BOBBY’S BET OF THE DAY – Chelsea to come from behind to win: 8/1
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Odds courtesy of PaddyPower.
THE FANTASTIC FOUR
There have been many memorable games in this derby, but here BOBBY takes a look back at four classic encounters between Chelsea and Tottenham…
1. Chelsea 4-3 Tottenham Hotspur – February 27th 1994
Chelsea, then managed by former Tottenham hero Glenn Hoddle, went behind to two goals in a minute from Steve Sedgley and Jason Dozzell, but in a half of two halves the Blues, thanks to Mal Donaghy, Mark Stein and a belter from John Spencer, were leading 3-2 after 40 minutes, with Hoddle ecstatically high-fiving his players on the touchline.
The second half was all about penalties; Andy Gray’s spot-kick drew Ossie Ardiles’ side level on 72 minutes and he had the chance to repeat the feat from the spot again a few moments later, but Russian stopper Dimitri Kharine saved. Into injury time and a rash challenge from Dean Austin on Gavin Peacock gave Stein the opportunity to win the game and he made no mistake with his penalty to make it 4-3 at Stamford Bridge, which was being redeveloped at the time. It was the seventh straight league defeat for Spurs, who finished one place and six points behind Chelsea in 15th place at the end of the season.
Kharine, Donaghy, Johnsen, Clarke, Kjeldberg, Burley, Peacock, Wise, Newton, Stein, Spencer
Manager: Glenn Hoddle
Walker, Sedgley, Scott, Austin, Mabbutt, Nethercott, Edinburgh, Samways, Anderton, Dozzell, Rosenthal
Manager: Ossie Ardiles
2. Tottenham Hotspur 1-6 Chelsea – December 6th 1997
Chelsea fans, not surprisingly, still like to remind their rivals of this demolition-derby from 1997 in the Premier League, where Chelsea recorded their biggest away win ever against London opposition. That wasn’t on the cards though at half-time with the score at one apiece, after Chelsea’s Tore-Andre Flo and Tottenham’s Ramon Vega had scored in quick succession, but after the break the Blues ran rings around their hosts, whose lack of spirit was perhaps best demonstrated by the fact not one Spurs player made it into the referee’s book all game.
Roberto Di Matteo, Dan Petrescu and Mark Nicholls all scored, while Flo completed his hat-trick to ensure that “We won 6-1, we won 6-1, we won 6-1 at the Lane!” will forever be heard when these two meet.
Walker, Carr, Scales, Vega, Calderwood, Wilson, Ginola, Fox, Nielsen, Sinton, Ferdinand
Subs:Edinburgh for Sinton, Anderton for Nielsen, Allen for Scales
Manager: Christian Gross
De Goey, Leboeuf, Sinclair, Duberry, Petrescu, Le Saux, Babayaro, Di Matteo, Wise, Flo, Zola
Sub: Nicholls for Babayaro
Manager: Ruud Gullit
OK, we all know that – a couple of recent exceptions aside – Spurs wins over Chelsea have been as rare as rocking-horse shit this last quarter of a century, so we’ve had to dig deep to unearth a couple for you in the interests of fair play, but they are good ones;
3. Chelsea 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur – March 6th 1982
A pulsating FA Cup Sixth round tie saw Tottenham produce some quality play on a bumpy Stamford Bridge pitch on their way to Wembley back in ’82. Chelsea took the lead through a fine Mike Fillery free-kick just before half-time, but second half strikes by Archibald, Hoddle and Hazard in a ten minute spell proved decisive. Alan Mayes puled one back towards the end, but Tottenham, with Hoddle at his imperious best, held on to send the travelling fans home happy – after dodging a hail of bottles and bricks back to the tube station.
Francis, Locke, Nutton, Chivers, Pates, Hutchings, Walker, Bumstead, Fillery, Mayes, Rhoades-Brown
Manager: John Neal
Clemence , Miller, Perryman, Price, Hughton , Galvin, Hoddle, Ardiles, Hazard, Crooks, Archibald
Manager: Keith Burkinshaw
4. Chelsea 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur – FA Cup Final, May 20th 1967
After 95 years this was, surprisingly, the first ever all-London FA Cup final. Spurs were favourites, and the match went according to form, as they effectively controlled the whole game from the very start.
Spurs went in front when Alan Mullery unleashed a shot from outside of the box that struck Ron Harris and fell perfectly for Jimmy Robertson, who fired his shot past Bonetti. Spurs doubled their advantage as goalscorer turned provider when Jimmy Robertson fed Frank Saul, who turned swiftly to score.
Chelsea pulled one back with four minutes remaining through Tambling, but it was too little too late and the 2-1 scoreline ultimately flattered Chelsea as the Cup headed back to White Hart Lane for a third time in the decade.
Bonetti, Harris, McCreadie, Hollins, Hinton, Harris, Cooke, Hateley, Baldwin, Tambling, Boyle.
Manager: Tommy Docherty
Jennings, Kinnear, Knowles, Mullery, England, Mackay, Venables, Robertson, Gilzean, Greaves, Saul.
Manager: Bill Nicholson