Chelsea will be away to Tottenham for a derby clash this weekend at the Wembley Stadium.
Games between Spurs and Chelsea are usually hotly contested and they usually come with a fiery atmosphere with both sides not wanting to be on the losing side.
This weekend’s clash promises to be another tough one with just a point separating both sides, with Chelsea in third place and Tottenham fourth on the table.
Blues legend Pat Nevin has revealed that he’s looking forward to the game at Wembley on Saturday.
Pat Nevin wrote in his column for the official Chelsea website: “One of the games I look forward to more than most every season is Chelsea v Spurs, wherever it is played. For many seasons it has generally been a positive day for the Blues and the phrase Three Point Lane has passed into Chelsea folklore. For this season’s match the Lane is not available but our record at Wembley hasn’t been at all bad for us either. There have only been three defeats in the past 19 duels, so it is with some confidence that we prepare for the game at the weekend.
“It will however be anything but easy and a quick look at the league table shows there isn’t a great deal separating the sides at the moment, just one measly point. It is another one of those significant games that gives us all a chance to gauge just where we are at the moment. Matches against others outside of the top six have generally been taken care of with aplomb so far but the ‘big six’ games have been more challenging. Arsenal were beaten at the Bridge but draws against Liverpool and Manchester United showed that the fight for a top-four spot is going to be anything but easy.
“In times gone past the number of London derbies always presented a problem for all the capital sides. Whether it is Spurs, Arsenal or West Ham, and even games against Fulham and Palace have a certain edge that can make them difficult fixtures on occasion. Up north, Manchester United v Manchester City or United v Liverpool have the same pressures, but they have never had quite as many real derbies to contend with as the London sides. Yes, I know United v Liverpool isn’t a real derby, but it certainly has the feel of one. It is an inbuilt advantage they have but one that simply has to be dealt with.
“I always liked these games for the atmosphere and the tension. No match against the likes of Arsenal or Spurs or West Ham is ever mundane.”