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Writers Prediction League: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Chelsea

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

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Recovery! Spurs looked like they were in over their heads in the first half against Manchester United on Sunday, as desperate saves by defenders and an imperious performance by Hugo Lloris kept a clean sheet against a dangerous United attack. But Spurs bounced back in the second half, pushing United to its limits in an action-packed 0-0 Draw. The draw kept Spurs just two points out of fourth place, as the Tottenham defense seems to be rounding into form after the return of a healthy Kyle Waker. But can Spurs' defense stay strong against the best attack in the league?

In the way today is an arrival from Chelsea, leading the league by three points. Chelsea have topped the table all season, led by its dominant attack that stars Diego Costa, Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and Oscar. The defense has been league best as well this year, as young goalkeeper Thibault Coutrois has marshaled a strong defense in his first Premier League season. But Chelsea struggled in their last road match, drawing Southhampton 1-1. Can Spurs stop Chelsea from taking another road win today?

As for the Prediction League, Ryan's correct prediction launched him back into the title race. 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:

Ben Daniels 16
Michael Caley 15
Ryan 13
Brett Rainbow 12
Dominic Wood 11
Salmon Chase 10
Kevin 9
Mechanick 9
Bryan A. 8
Dustin Gerber Martin 8
Skipjack 7

This week's predictions:

Dustin Gerber Martin: Oh no we will lose to Chelsea who could've possibly seen that coming. 2-0 Chelsea.

Kevin: Chelsea sucks, 3-0 Spurs

Mechanick: I saw enough promise from the Spurs defense against United to think they can take a point here. 1-1 Draw

Ryan: Well, at least it's not herpes. Or do you have that as well? 2-1 Chelsea.

Bryan A.: I need to catch up in this stupid game. Everyone is going to predict a loss or a draw, so I'll go the other way. 2-1 Spurs.

Salmon Chase: I'll go 1-1 Draw here because Lloris is a demigod and the rest of the team is kind if coming together. Also because it's 1 pm and in drunk in a bar with my dad.

Ben Daniels: The best part of their team is the worst part of ours. Matic and Cess will eat us. 3-1 Chelsea.

Dominic Wood: 3-1 Chelsea. Because they are good. We are not.

Michael Caley: 2-1 Chelsea. We'll give 'em a game. And still lose.

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

Brett Rainbow: Pretty much just rooting for Fazio to punch Costa again. 2-0 Chelsea.