Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur game is getting bigger and bigger every season. Both London giants have proved that they are the biggest Premier League team in London. They are constantly trying to prove that they are better than Arsenal in London, but competitiveness still lacks away victory. Tottenham Hotspur hasn’t won at Stamford Bridge since 1990, and this time they’ll be looking forward to end their bogey hunt.
It’s 28 years since Spurs have registered a victory at Stamford Bridge. If they want to prove that they are the best team in London which points table suggests, they need a victory at Chelsea’s home ground. They came close to winning on May 2, 2016. Harry Kane and Son Heung-min gave Spurs 2-0 lead in first-half, but Gary Cahill and Eden Hazard helped Chelsea back on the level term in second-half. It costs Spurs’ Premier League title that season which they came close to winning it for the first time since 1961.
Paul Merson on Chelsea vs Spurs:
“Tottenham Hotspur are not the greatest team away from home for where they are in the league so for me, I think the top-four race will be blown wide open”.
Spurs have the 2nd best away record in the Premier League this season.
— Last Word On Spurs? (@LastWordOnSpurs) March 29, 2018
Spurs’ nine players were awarded yellow card in that match. Chelsea’s three players were also booked, producing a total of 12 yellow cards in the match. It re-ignited the rivalry between both clubs. Chelsea were once again on back-foot in 2016/17 season. Christian Eriksen gave an early lead to Spurs, but once again Chelsea bounced back with Pedro Rodriguez and Victor Moses goal in the second-half.
The 2017/18 season hasn’t gone very well for Chelsea, but when it comes to the game against Spurs they have delivered. They won 2-1 earlier in the season at Wembley and they would be looking forward to make a league double over Spurs on Sunday.
It won’t be easy for Tottenham. Chelsea has a psychological advantage of being unbeaten at Stamford Bridge against Spurs in last 25 meetings. They’ll also be motivated to defeat Tottenham Hotspur to keep themselves in the hunt for a Champions League place. Blues sits at fifth place on Premier League table. They are five points behind fourth-place Tottenham. If they lose, they’ll be eight points behind Spurs. It will almost end their campaign for a Champions League place.
Tottenham need to end their bogey hunt at Stamford Bridge. If they won’t do it this time, they’ll allow Chelsea to make a league double over them after 12 seasons. Chelsea won their both league fixtures against Spurs in 2005/06 season. If Chelsea wins at Stamford this time, Spurs may finish over them on points table but they won’t be able to call themselves best in London.
Former Chelsea man Pet Nevin was quick to point out. He told Chelsea official site, “We need to beat Tottenham this time. Our run of games that follow this weekend make me believe we can get back into the top four again and maybe also get to the FA Cup final if we secure these three points. Rarely have I been so happy to have a game at home, because Stamford Bridge is generally a real problem for our north London rivals.”
“It has been 28 long years since they have recorded a league win at the Bridge and who can forget the night of tension back in 2016 when they totally lost control and indeed the league title challenge after Eden Hazard equalized late on. That was just like a critical cup-tie that night and although it is still five days away, it almost feels like a cup final this time as it is so important. Yes, I know we would still be two points behind them with a win, but they would suddenly be under huge pressure.”