Premier League: Tottenham v Chelsea match preview

A look ahead to the London derby at White Hart Lane

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Both of the sides from the capital city have had an impressive beginning to the season, and an impressive week.

Tottenham eased their way into the next round of the League Cup, thrashing Aston Villa 4-0 away from home. They have also only suffered one loss so far in the league this season; unfortunately it was to fierce local rivals Arsenal.

Chelsea also progressed to the next stage of the cup on Tuesday, stamping over League One opponents Swindon with a comfortable 2-0 win. The Blues have also only been defeated once in the league so far, and have certainly looked in good form this season after a number of big signings – made by reinstated manager Jose Mourinho.

As the ‘Special One’ and Villas-Boas prepare to clash at White Hart Lane, they will both be desperate to secure the three points. Spurs will be eager to close the gap between themselves and Arsenal, whilst Chelsea will be aware that a good result away to Tottenham this weekend would put them in good standing for their up and coming fixtures. They then await the arrival of Manchester City at Stamford Bridge at the end of October.

KICK-OFF: Saturday, 12:45pm.

PAST THREE MEETINGS:

Chelsea 2 (Oscar, Ramires) – Tottenham 2 (Adebayor, Sigurdsson), Premier League, May 2013

Tottenham 2 (Gallas, Defoe) – Chelsea 4 (Cahill, Mata 2, Sturridge), Premier League, October 2012

Tottenham 1 (Bale) – Chelsea 5 (Drogba, Mata, Ramires, Lampard, Malouda), FA Cup, April 2012

STATS:

Tottenham haven’t beaten Chelsea since April 2010.

The highest goal tally between the two sides is 8, a 4-4 draw back in the 2007/2008 season.

Over the summer Chelsea spent: 63.709m. Tottenham spent: 109m.

ODDS:

Tottenham to win: 2.74

Draw: 3.35

Chelsea to win: 2.9

TV: BT Sport 1, 11:30-15:00.

Highlights on Saturday 28 September, BBC One, 22:30-23:55.

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