There are many things you can guarantee on New Year’s Day. The gyms will be full of eager beavers, parts of the smoking community will be losing their rag and slapping on another patch, and a whole host of us will be nursing a hangover and questioning why we’ve started another year with the fear.
Oh, and Chelsea will go to Tottenham and more than likely pick up three points.
That’s not to disrespect Spurs who are on a five-game unbeaten run, but Jose Mourinho has dominated any game he’s been involved in, in the capital. The Special One’s love affair with London has seen him win 79 per cent of his games in the city, and the Chelsea gaffer will have his eyes set on another three points at White Hart Lane.
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Jose Mourinho’s dominance in London is blatantly obvious, as he has swept domestic and European challengers aside. His staggering home record in the Premier League – lost one top flight game of 88 at Stamford Bridge – is backed up by a number of Champions League victories at home, plus a handful of away wins either side of the Thames. In fact, as our infographic shows, Mourinho has lost just eight of his 155 matches in London.
In European action Barcelona beat Mourinho’s Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in 2006, while in 2013 Basle and Atletico Madrid escaped the Bridge with three points. In Premier League action Fulham snatched a 1-0 victory at Craven Cottage in 05/06, before Tottenham won 2-1 at White Hat Lane a year later courtesy of an Aaron Lennon winner. Crystal Palace picked up a 1-0 win at Selhurst Park last season while Sunderland became the only top flight team to win a league match at Stamford Bridge while Mourinho is at the helm – Fabio Borini’s controversial late penalty decided the tie.
But other than those eight games, Mourinho has reigned supreme in the capital, and will be looking to conquer another London derby against a Spurs side he has often had the better of.
Mourinho has faced Tottenham 13 times in his career home and away, winning nine, drawing three, with just that one loss courtesy of Lennon’s winner. Most recently Chelsea strolled to a 3-0 victory at the Bridge in December courtesy of goals from Eden Hazard, Didier Drogba and Loic Remy and they go in to the game as red-hot 4/5 favourites. Spurs are 10/1 after winning just four of their 10 league home games this campaign.
The Special One has three wins from five games at the Lane as Chelsea gaffer and two of those wins were 2-0 victories. That leads us to an interesting punt that could blast away those New Year’s Day hangovers.
- Chelsea have won three of their last four league games 2-0 and the number-crunchers in Paddy Power Sportsbook tell us that if you’d stuck £10 on Chelsea to win by that scoreline every week you’d currently be sat on £160 in pure profit. Not too shabby. Against Spurs, it is 15/2 for Chelsea to pick up another 2-0 victory.
Will Mourinho continue his dominance in the capital, or can Mauricio Pochettino kick-start a new year’s revolution? Welcome to 2015 guys, it’s going to be a stormer.
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