Chelsea v Spurs

Chelsea v Spurs Match Preview

Two London rivals go toe to toe in what is a crucial contest in the Premier League with the 2023/24 season concluding in the coming weeks. 

We are now entering the final few weeks of the 2023/24 Premier League season, where football clubs up and down the country have been battling to realise their ambitions for the current campaign. Spurs and Chelsea are of course no different, and these two London rivals will soon be going toe to toe once more in the English Top Flight on Thursday evening.

Mauricio Pochettino’s Chelsea will be welcoming a Tottenham team led by their Australian Head Coach Ange Postecoglou to Stamford Bridge in West London for what is a crucial clash for both of these English Giants.

Starting with the Blues, they are still challenging for European Qualification come the end of the current campaign and as of the time of writing, they are sat in 9th place with a total of 48 points having been accumulated from their 33 matches to date in the Premier League.

They, as of the time of writing sit just 5 points adrift of Newcastle United who occupy the final European qualification spot in 7th place. Should Pochettino’s side finish here, they will secure qualification for the UEFA Europa Conference League as a result. There are also hopes of a potential top six finish, with Manchester United currently occupying the first of two UEFA Europa League qualification spots in 6th. The Red Devils are 6 points ahead of their London rivals.

Moving on to Postecoglou’s Tottenham Hotspur are targeting a return to the UEFA Champions League, and are occupying 5th place at this current time after collecting a total of 60 points from their 33 matches to date. Whilst 4th place Aston Villa does have a 7 point advantage, Tottenham do have two games in hand meaning that victories in this game and the following match against West Ham could bring the Lilywhites to within touching distance of Unai Emery’s side.

The most recent game played by Tottenham was in a narrow 3 – 2 defeat in the North London Derby against Arsenal, which saw Cristian Romero (64’) and Son Heung-Min (87’ – Penalty) find the back of the net for the Lilywhites at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium that day.

As for Chelsea, they come off the back of a 2 – 2 draw away from home at Villa Park against Aston Villa – a game that they took a point from after going two goals down thanks to a Marc Cucurella own goal (4’) and Morgan Rogers (42’).

A goal from Noni Madueke (62’) and a spectacular Conor Gallagher strike (81’) restored parity for the Blues that day. Axel Disasi had looked to have won it late on, only for VAR to rule it out for a foul on Diego Carlos (90+7’).

A win against Chelsea for Spurs would see them go within 4 points of 4th place Aston Villa should the Villans lose their game against Brighton away from home on Sunday, and they will still have a game in hand on the Villans after this weekend’s action.

Meanwhile, victory for Mauricio Pochettino’s Blues would mean that they would climb up into 8th place with 51 points, and if results go their way, they would then only be 2 points adrift of 7th place, the first European Qualification spot in the 2023/24 Premier League table.

Over the years, there have been a plethora of memorable matches between these two clubs. One in particular that stands out from 2008, and it was the game that saw Spurs and Chelsea play out an incredibly entertaining 4 – 4 draw at White Hart Lane between these two London rivals.

Didier Drogba gave the Blues the lead in the first five minutes of the contest (3’) before Jonathan Woodgate quickly restored parity for the home side (12’). Michael Essien was then on hand to restore Chelsea’s advantage less than ten minutes later (20’).

The rest of this game’s goals came in the second half, with Joe Cole extending the away side’s advantage to 3 – 1 very early on in the second half (52’). This was before Dimitar Berbatov pulled a goal back with less than half an hour of the game remaining (61’).

It was then 3 –  3 when Tom Huddlestone levelled things up with a goal 15 minutes from time (75’) only for Joe Cole to restore Chelsea’s lead with just over ten minutes to go (79’). Robbie Keane then scored the final goal of this historic and memorable game, making it 4 – 4 with only a couple of minutes remaining (88’).

Overall, Spurs and Chelsea have played against each other on a total of 176 times with the Blues having a superior number of 78 wins compared to the Lilywhites’ 56. There have also been 42 draws in all between them to date.

The most recent match played between these two clubs took place in the Premier League on 6th November 2023 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium which Chelsea won 4 – 1 thanks to goals from Cole Palmer (35’ – Penalty) and Nicolas Jackson (75’, 90+4’, 90+7’).

The game before this was a 2 – 0 win for Spurs, in which Oliver Skipp (46’) and Harry Kane (82’) were on the scoresheet for the North London outfit.

Excitement and anticipation are growing amongst fans with this being a crucial game for both Chelsea and Tottenham as the two clubs look to end their respective 2023/24 seasons on a high with the season ending in a matter of weeks.

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