Chelsea welcome Tottenham to Stamford Bridge today, in what promises to be the clash of the weekend.
The last time these 2 met, it was a keenly contested affair, as Chelsea battled to a 2-2 draw with Tottenham. That game was one of our best of an underwhelming 2015/16 season, and it marked the resurgence of Eden Hazard.
The Belgian had a fine game, and got a great goal, after a hugely disappointing start to the season. That result would go on to deny Tottenham an opportunity to win the title, and helped Chelsea finish the season much better than we started. As we lock horns again today, let’s take a look at 3 possible outcomes from the tie.
THERE’LL BE GOALS
If you’ve followed this fixture over the years, then, you know it’s one that’s rained a lot of goals. This season, I don’t expect it to be any different, especially with much at stake for both sides. Chelsea top the league presently, and will be looking to maintain their winning streak over the last 6 games. What I don’t know for sure is if our clean sheet record will be intact by the time the game is over. Tottenham is a side that know how to score goals, and with what happened the last time both sides met, I don’t expect them to come for anything other than a win. So it’s likely they’ll score even though I wish they wouldn’t.
TEMPERS WILL FLY
The last time both sides met, there were plenty of yellow cards to go round, with Tottenham getting most, 9 yellow cards, compared to Chelsea’s 3. There was even a bust up between both sides after the game. It’s a derby match, and most derby games come with plenty emotional issues.
We denied Tottenham the league last season, and they’re still unhappy for it. I see them coming back with all that anger. I just hope our players are mature enough to leave the punishing to the referee.
CHELSEA WILL WIN
As former Chelsea player, Paul Parker has said, “Chelsea have not been this good in 10 years”. Even though I do think he might have exaggerated a bit, I think he’s right to an extent. We’re playing really well; better than we have done in a while. We’re scoring goals, and we’re tight at the back. Tottenham, on the other hand have not been terrific. They started the season well, but seem to have lost some steam. They beat City, but they’ve been average ever since. So I foresee nothing but a Chelsea win. It’s only a question of how many goals we’ll score, and if we’ll preserve our clean sheet record at the end. That said, I can only sit back and wish our boys all the luck they need.
I know we’ll beat Tottenham, and by this time next week, I hope we’re still top when we face City.