We all have a bad record hidden somewhere that gets rolled out once a year. Personally there’s a copy of James Blunt’s Back To Bedlam knocking around my gaff that gets its annual outing when the majority of a house party suddenly demand a rendition of ‘You’re Beautiful’. It’s not pretty.
Similarly Tottenham’s shocking record against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge is just as painful for Spurs fans to hear. It’s been 24 long years and 26 matches since Tottenham beat their London rivals away from home and the stats don’t look too good for Tim Sherwood.
- Chelsea have won 16 and drawn 10 of the 26 games with Spurs since February 1990
- In those 26 games Chelsea have racked up 49 goals – an average of almost two a game. In contrast Spurs have managed just 20, and failed to score in half of those games
- The last time Tottenham won at Chelsea, Gary Lineker scored the winner with a header two minutes before the end
This season it looks unlikely that Spurs fans will be able to say ‘Goodbye My Lover’ to their shocking Stamford Bridge record. But equally, Tottenham’s good away form this season might prevent Chelsea notching up another win on their London Derby bedpost.
- Tottenham have the best away record in the league, picking up 29 points from 14 games. No side in the top flight has lost fewer games on the road this season than Spurs
- Chelsea’s record at home against the top half sides this season is the best in the league. They have won six and drawn one of seven games, scoring 14 goals and keeping three clean sheets on the way
- Tim Sherwood has won four of the five games he’s managed against top half sides in the Premier League and can boast of a 2-1 victory away at Manchester United. Is that still an achievement these days? We’re not sure.
Taking the stats into account the ‘Wisemen’ of the punting world might be most tempted by the draw which is a 3/1 shot. Five of the last eight head-to-heads between Tottenham and Chelsea have finished all square and Spurs’ good form on the road might be enough to derail Chelsea’s title charge.
There have been 10 0-0 draws in this fixture and seven of them have been on Chelsea’s turf. It is 10/1 to finish scoreless and 13/2 if you fancy a piece of 1-1. At home Chelsea have kept nine first half clean sheets from 14 games and Spurs have exactly the same league record on the road. It’s 18/1 to be 0-0 at the oranges and finish 1-1, for punters who need an extra bit of spice on a Saturday night.
We can only apologise for the numerous James Blunt references. What a man. What a hero.