Posted on 8 March 2002
Chelsea will travel across the capital looking for revenge after they were humiliated 5-1 in the second leg of the Worthington Cup semi-final in January. It was the Blues' first defeat to Tottenham in 12 years and 26 games. The blow was softened however by the fact that Spurs lost the resulting final against Blackburn and therefore failed to capitalise on their semi-final success.
Blues chairman Ken Bates was certainly happy at Spurs' defeat in Cardiff after his recent comments that the north Londoners gloated too much after their win over his club in January. Bates said: "It wasn't the fact that we lost to them in the Worthington Cup, but the gloating that took place after we lost. So there are one or two people out to make a point".
One of these people is sure to be Chelsea hotshot Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, the striker who was harshly sent off in that defeat for a push on Teddy Sheringham, when in fact it was Mario Melchiot who had struck the Spurs skipper.
Hasselbaink has a great record against Spurs in his previous four games against them in a Chelsea shirt he has netted seven times. And such, he is sure to be a constant menace to the home defence on Sunday afternoon.
The Dutchman is the third-highest scorer in the Premiership this season with 18 league goals and his partnership with Eidur Gudjohnsen was instrumental in helping the Blues overcome plucky Preston in the last round.
However Tottenham have yet to concede a goal in this season's FA Cup and after some convincing wins over Tranmere, Bolton and Coventry, this competition is one they certainly excel in.
Only Manchester United have won the Cup more times than Spurs and the last time these two capital sides met in this trophy was a quarter-final tie twenty years ago when the north Londoners won 3-2 on their way to Wembley success over QPR. One of the scorers for Spurs at Stamford Bridge that day was current boss Glenn Hoddle and Hoddle has seen his charges chalk up their lowest shooting accuracy in the Premiership with 38%. This illustrates the fact the Hoddle desperately needs a new striker to pep up his attack.
His team may be a bit low considering they suffered a 4-0 defeat at Old Trafford in midweek and the Blues will go into this contest on the back of a fine 3-2 win over neighbours Fulham, but 6/4 on a home win looks like worth investing a few quid in as this is Spurs' last possible route into qualifying for European competition next season.
Darren Anderton's hamstring problem is improving and he hasn't been ruled out. Tim Sherwood and Les Ferdinand are also doubts for Sunday's tie at the Lane.
Tottenham 6/4 Draw 2/1 Chelsea 13/8
Tottenham 1-0 13/2 Tottenham 2-0 10/1 Tottenham 2-1 9/1 Tottenham 3-0 25/1 Tottenham 3-1 20/1 Tottenham 3-2 28/1 Tottenham 4-0 66/1 Tottenham 4-1 50/1 Tottenham 4-2 66/1 Tottenham 5-0 100/1 Tottenham 5-1 100/1Draw 0-0 7/1 Draw 1-1 11/2 Draw 2-2 14/1 Draw 3-3 66/1 Chelsea 1-0 13/2 Chelsea 2-0 11/1 Chelsea 2-1 9/1 Chelsea 3-0 25/1 Chelsea 3-1 20/1 Chelsea 3-2 28/1 Chelsea 4-0 80/1 Chelsea 4-1 66/1 Chelsea 4-2 66/1 Chelsea 5-0 100/1Chelsea 5-1 100/1
Tottenham/Tottenham 10/3 Tottenham/Draw 14/1 Tottenham/Chelsea 28/1 Draw/Tottenham 9/2 Draw/Draw 7/2 Draw/Chelsea 5/1 Chelsea/Tottenham 28/1 Chelsea/Draw 14/1 Chelsea/Chelsea 7/2
L Ferdinand 11/2 T Sheringham 6/1 S Rebrov 7/1 G Poyet 8/1 C Ziege 14/1 D Anderton 14/1 O Leonhardsen 14/1 T Sherwood 16/1 M Etherington 16/1 S Davies 16/1 L King 33/1 D Richards 33/1 C Perry 50/1 A Thelwell 50/1 A Gardner 50/1 B Thatcher 50/1 No Goalscorer 7/1 J F Hasselbaink 9/2 E Gudjohnsen 11/2 G Zola 15/2 M Forssell 15/2 F Lampard 14/1 J Gronkjaer 16/1 J Morris 20/1 S Dalla-Bona 20/1 E Petit 20/1 M Melchiot 33/1 S Jokanovic 33/1 M Desailly 40/1 G Le Saux 40/1 W Gallas 40/1 C Babayaro 40/1A Ferrer 66/1
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