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Writers Prediction League: Tottenham Hotspur at Chelsea

The writers at Cartilage Free Captain predict the result for Tottenham Hotspur's match at Chelsea.

Cesc Fabregas explains to Oscar how much he's going to owe Gareth Bale for celebration copyright infringement
Cesc Fabregas explains to Oscar how much he's going to owe Gareth Bale for celebration copyright infringement
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Streak! Tottenham Hotspur have their first league winning streak since the first two matches of the season, thanks to a crucial 2-1 home victory over Everton on Sunday. Roberto Soldado was the hero, as the maligned Spanish striker scored his first league goal for Spurs since March to give the Lilywhites the gamewinner. The victory left Spurs just two points out of fourth place exiting the weekend, and a win today could push Spurs as high as 6th in the table as they push to get back in the race for a Champions League place. Can Spurs push their winning streak to three as they fight to climb the table and keep pace with suddenly streaking Manchester United?

In the way today is a road game for a tough London Derby, as Spurs travel to Southwest London to face Chelsea. The Blues have been the pace setters in the league so far, holding a six point lead for first place. There is hope for Spurs though, as Diego Costa (who has already tallied 11 league goals for Chelsea) is suspended for today's match. Chelsea has no shortage of attacking options in his stead, as Cesc Fabregas, Eden Hazard, and Oscar will look to pick up the attacking slack as Loic Remy or Didier Drogba likely slots in for Costa. Can Spurs hold the dangerous Chelsea attack now that the Blues' star striker will be absent?

As for the Prediction League, Caley and Ben dropped perfect predictions to break away once again at the top.  The rules remain the same in the Prediction League -- one point for a correct prediction and a bonus point for getting the score correct. Here are the current standings:

Michael Caley 10
Ben Daniels 9
Ryan 8
Salmon Chase 8
Mechanick 7
Brett Rainbow 7
Kevin 6
Dominic Wood 5
Skipjack 4
Bryan A. 4
Dustin Gerber Martin 4

This week's predictions:

Dustin Gerber Martin: Costa being out may give some people some hope. But not me! 3-1 Chelsea and we all blame John Terry.

Kevin: Chelsea sucks, 3-0 Spurs

Mechanick: The Spurs defense holds strong against a weakened Chelsea attack while Soldado scores again! 1-1 Draw

Ryan: What are you turd burgers talking about? Dressing for comfort? 2-1 Chelsea.

Bryan A.: 5-0 Chelsea. AVB's high line gets exposed again and...what? Oh. Well, whatever.

Salmon Chase: 3-2 Spurs. You only live...just kidding none of us are really living, this is all some alien's dream and reality won't exist the moment that tentacle monster wakes up. ole

Ben Daniels: We haven't won at Stamford Bridge since 1990. So I think that means we're due? 2-1 Chelsea.

Dominic Wood: 2-2 Draw. WE'RE TAKING IT BACK!

Michael Caley: I'm so amped up for this club I think Chelsea will only win by one goal! 1-0 Chelsea

Skipjack: 3-1 Chelsea, because I'm an optimist.

Brett Rainbow: Our character and grit have improved greatly since our last meeting at Stamford Bridge, which will result in a better showing than last season, but Didier Drogba breaks our hearts. Again. 2-1 Chelsea.