Match Preview: Chelsea Vs Spurs

Chelsea host Tottenham this weekend in the pick of the Premier League fixtures.

If the match is just a fraction as exciting as the last time they met – the infamous ‘Battle of Stamford Bridge’ that ultimately ended Tottenham’s title hopes – fans will be in for a treat. In that 2-2 game the hosts came from two goals down, there were 12 yellow cards and the most incredible story in Premier League history was completed.

It’s a big game for…
Eden Hazard. It was in the previous meeting between these sides that Hazard reminded everyone of his incredible ability at the end of what had been a woeful season for the Belgian. He scored a cracking goal in that match and hasn’t slowed down since, being among the Blues’ standout players this term. Tottenham’s defence is the meanest in the Premier League – if Chelsea are to unlock it Hazard could be the key.

If you memorise one stat, memorise this…
Tottenham have not won at Stamford Bridge in 29 visits. That’s right – TWENTY-NINE visits. Their last win was back in 1990.

Last time they met…
That 2-2 draw that led to an almighty party in the home of Jamie Vardy. Spurs looked to be cruising when goals from Harry Kane and Son Heung-min had them two up at half-time. But then the visitors fell apart. Gary Cahill got Chelsea back into it and Hazard scored the equaliser after coming off the bench. Spurs lost their heads – only Hugo Lloris and Alderweireld left without getting booked. It was remarkable no-one was sent off.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 02:  A scuffle breaks out after Eric Dier of Tottenham Hotspur brings down Eden Hazard of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 02, 2016 in London, England.jd  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

With Tottenham unbeaten and Chelsea on a six-match winning streak, something has to give. Spurs were fortunate to get a late win against West Ham last weekend and were in Champions League action losing to Monaco on Tuesday. Meanwhile Chelsea have been in phenomenal form of late, have a tremendous record against Spurs at the Bridge and have been preparing all week. It points to a narrow Chelsea win.

(Metro Sport)

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