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Mourinho can see the light at the end of the tunnel

Last updated: November 27, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Sunday, 12pm
Venue: White Hart Lane
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: WDWWW
Away form: WWLWL
Last season: 5-3
Competition: The Premier League

After two consecutive victories, Chelsea’s players have gained the needed confidence before the visit to White Hart Lane. The Blues’ striker Diego Costa brought the 1-0 success over Norwich at Stamford Bridge in the last Premiership round and has reduced the pressure on the manager – Jose Mourinho. Then, Chelsea recorded a great victory in The Champions League, securing their participation in the 1/8 finals of the competition.

The match will be a very serious test for The Blues, because Tottenham’s players are in great shape. Spurs have won 4 games at White Hart Lane and have recorded a draw on 3 occasions, without losing a single match at home. Their only defeat of the season was on the opening day when Tottenham lost 0-1 to Manchester United at Old Trafford.

The Blues last away victory against Tottenham was three years ago, when Chelsea won 4-2. Cahill scored in the 17th minute, but then Spurs turned things around with Gallas’ and Defoe’s goals. The Blues eventually won after two great goals from Mata.


Team News

John Terry is doubtful for the match. The defender received an injury in the second half of the match against Maccabi in The Champions League.

Thibaut Courtois is still suffering from a knee injury and that means Bosnian goalkeeper Begovic will start again for The Blues.

The new England international player Dele Alli is going to miss the game against Chelsea through suspension.

N’Jie (hamstring problem), Pritchard (ankle ligament injury) and Bentaleb (ankle injury) are still not recovered from their injuries.

Quotes of the week

Mauricio Pochettino coach Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham) : “Maybe it’s worse because you need to fly nearly six hours and then there is the decision about whether to come straight back or stay.”

jose mourinho Jose Mourinho (Chelsea) : “We are focused on what we have to do.”


Expected line-ups:

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Tottenham (4-2-3-1): Lloris, Vertonghen, Rose, Alderweireld, Walker, Dier, Dembele, Lamela, Eriksen, Son, Kane
Subs Mason, Fazio, Davies, Vorm, Onomah, Townsend, Trippier.
Injured: N’Jie, Pritchard, Chadli, Bentaleb
Doubtful:
Not available: Alli
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Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Begovic, Zouma, Cahill, Ivanovic, Azpilicueta, Fabregas, Matic, Ramires, Hazard, Willian, Diego Costa.
Subs Blackman, Remy, Pedro, Kenedy, Falcao, Obi Mikel, Oscar.
Injured: Courtois
Doubtful: Terry
Not available:

Key Battle

harry kane Kane this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
13 1130 8 4 0 2 1 0
diego costa Diego Costa this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
11 970 3 2,1 1 0 3 0

So far this season

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Tottenham this season Chelsea this season
5 League Position 15
4 (2) (at home) Wins (away) 3 (1)
5-1 vs. Bournemouth Biggest win 2-0 vs. Arsenal and Aston Villa
3 (3) (at home) Draws (away) 1 (1)
0 (1) (at home) Losses (away) 3 (4)
0-1 to Manchester United Biggest Defeat 0-3 to Manchester City
Kane (8) Top scorer Diego Costa (3)
Eriksen (5) Assist Leader Fabregas, Hazard (2)
Y29, R0 Discipline Y23, R3
3 Failures to score 2
4 Clean Sheets 3
8 Both Teams to Score Games 8
6 Over 2.5 Games 9
7 Under 2.5 Games 4
  • Chelsea have won only one away Premiership match this season. The Blues won 3-2 at The Hawthorns against West Bromwich Albion.
  • Tottenham have scored 14 goals in 7 home matches. That means Spurs score 2 goals per game on average. They have won 4 of these matches.
  • The last match between these two teams at White Hart Lane ended with an astonishing 5-3 victory for Tottenham. Harry Kane was the key to the success, scoring twice.
  • Both teams have recorded 25 victories at White Hart Lane in the Head to Head matches. There has been 18 draws. Nobody can say what will happen!

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
01/03/15 The Capital One Cup Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham J. Terry 45′
01/01/15 The Premier League Tottenham 5-3 Chelsea Diego Costa 18′
03/12/14 The Premier League Chelsea 3-0 Tottenham E. Hazard 19′
08/03/14 The Premier League Chelsea 4-0 Tottenham S. Eto’o 56′
28/09/13 The Premier League Tottenham 1-1 Chelsea G. Sigurðsson 19′