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Posted on 13 March 2002  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Stamford Bridge
Wednesday 13th March
Tottenham Hotspur
28 Games 28
50 Goals scored 39
1.79 Ave goals per game 1.39
46% Shooting Accuracy 38%
15% Goals to shots % 12%
11,704 Passes 12,314
75% Pass completion % 75%
72% Tackle success rate % 72%
30 Goals conceded 40
1.07 Ave goals conceded per game 1.43
430 Fouls 389
57 Yellow cards 40
3 Red cards 4
9,625 Opta Index Score 9,546

Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur

It was a case of sweet revenge for Chelsea on Sunday as they comprehensively brushed Tottenham aside to book a spot in the FA Cup semi-finals.

There was certainly no gloating from the north London contingency come 5.50pm. In an ill-tempered clash that saw seven bookings and a dismissal for Graeme Le Saux, Chelsea systematically destroyed their hosts by four goals to nil - a result which makes qualification for Europe extremely difficult now for Spurs.

But such are the quirks of the fixture calendar that Tottenham have an instant chance to make some amends when they travel to west London to face Claudio Ranieri's men on Wednesday night in the league.

With two routes into Europe now blocked for Glenn Hoddle's side, Tottenham desperately need a result at Stamford Bridge to keep their slim hopes of UEFA Cup inclusion for next season alive.

But that is a tall order indeed given Chelsea's recent form at home, the latest result between the two sides and the fact that the Blues have already triumphed over Spurs in front of their own fans this season - not to mention Chelsea's recent historical dominance of the fixture.

The Blues may blow hot-and-cold on their travels but have won nine and lost just one of their last 11 matches at home in all competitions, scoring 32 times in the process.

A staggering 21 of those goals have come in the six league matches in that time and, with 50 Premiership strikes to their name this season there are few teams who can match the Blues for sheer firepower.

Indeed Chelsea's strikes represent an outstanding 15% of all efforts on goal and only Arsenal and Manchester United can boast more success with the chances that come their way.

Meanwhile with 40 goals despatched past them, Tottenham have one of the worst defensive records in the Premiership. Indeed only West Ham and Derby County have allowed opponents more shots on target than Spurs this season, so when you consider that Chelsea's tally of 155 shots on target is the fifth-best in the league, it doesn't look good for Hoddle's men.

Only two places separate the two teams in the league, but Chelsea are nine points clear of their capital rivals and a win would almost certainly ensure that they finish above Spurs in the league.

Tim Wheal

Match referee: A. Wiley

Alan Wiley has a difficult task on Wednesday evening when he tries to keep order between these two bitter rivals at Stamford Bridge. There have been dismissals in three of the four matches between the two teams this season and with more scores to settle from the weekend's cup tie, Wiley will have to be strong to keep order in this game.

Referee's Name Fouls Penalties Yellow Cards Red Cards Ave Disc points
A. Wiley 554 3 57 1 43.53
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Dean Richards, Darren Anderton, Les Ferdinand and Neil Sullivan are all doubtful.

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Match Result
Chelsea 8/13
Draw 9/4
Tottenham 4/1

Correct Score
Chelsea 1-0 6/1
Chelsea 2-0 11/2
Chelsea 2-1 7/1
Chelsea 3-0 10/1
Chelsea 3-1 10/1
Chelsea 3-2 28/1
Chelsea 4-0 25/1
Chelsea 4-1 25/1
Chelsea 4-2 50/1
Chelsea 5-0 66/1
Chelsea 5-1 50/1
Chelsea 6-0 100/1
Chelsea 6-1 100/1
Draw 0-0 8/1
Draw 1-1 11/2
Draw 2-2 14/1
Draw 3-3 50/1
Tottenham 1-0 9/1
Tottenham 2-0 22/1
Tottenham 2-1 16/1
Tottenham 3-0 66/1
Tottenham 3-1 50/1
Tottenham 3-2 40/1
Tottenham 4-0 100/1
Tottenham 4-1 100/1
Tottenham 4-2 100/1

Double Result
Chelsea/Chelsea 6/4
Chelsea/Draw 16/1
Chelsea/Tottenham 45/1
Draw/Chelsea 7/2
Draw/Draw 7/2
Draw/Tottenham 9/1
Tottenham/Chelsea 25/1
Tottenham/Draw 16/1
Tottenham/Tottenham 9/1

First Goalscorer
J F Hasselbaink 7/2
E Gudjohnsen 9/2
M Forssell 11/2
G Zola 6/1
J Gronkjaer 14/1
M Stanic 14/1
F Lampard 16/1
J Morris 20/1
S Dalla-Bona 20/1
E Petit 20/1
J Keenan 25/1
G Le Saux 33/1
S Jokanovic 33/1
M Melchiot 33/1
C Babayaro 40/1
M Desailly 40/1
W Gallas 40/1
No Scorer 8/1
T Sheringham 13/2
L Ferdinand 7/1
S Rebrov 8/1
G Poyet 12/1
C Ziege 14/1
D Anderton 16/1
T Sherwood 20/1
S Davies 20/1
L King 28/1
D Richards 28/1
B Thatcher 40/1
M Taricco 40/1
A Thelwell 40/1
A Gardner 50/1
C Perry 50/1

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