Tottenham Hotspur haven’t won at Stamford Bridge since 1990. To put that in context, in Spurs’ current squad only Michel Vorm, Hugo Lloris, Mousa Dembele, Kieran Trippier, Toby Alderweireld, Moussa Sissoka, Kyle Walker, and Danny Rose were alive the last time it happened.
Records are made to be broken, but you’d forgive Tottenham fans for feeling a little pessimistic heading into the Battle of the Bridge II. The last time these two teams met, Chelsea were in the process of stabilizing after successfully manipulating the firing of Jose Mourinho. Tottenham were in the thick of the title race, and this match was a statement game. A win and they were in very good shape heading into the home stretch of the season. Well, we know what happened: Spurs went up two goals, ended up drawing the match, Mousa Dembele got a six match ban, and the wheels fell off their season.
This season it feels a little different: Chelsea are flying high under Antonio Conte, winners of their last six league matches, and Spurs are struggling with injuries and a dismal run of form, culminating in their embarrassing bounce from the Champions League. It’s not a good time to be heading to Chelsea, but here we are.
Spurs are without Toby Alderweireld due to injury and Danny Rose due to suspension. They do, however, have Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris, both of which can do things that are good on the football pitch. New star Harry Winks has forced himself into the midfield conversation and could be in line for a start against the Blues. Erik Lamela COULD be back in the frame for minutes (or he could be mired at 90% fitness with a hip flexor injury).
Stranger things have happened, though. Spurs couldn’t win at Old Trafford until they did. Spurs weren’t in the Champions League until they were. Everything seems to be going against them. So why not win? Why not now? Why not shock the world?
Subs: Vorm, Trippier, Carter-Vickers, Winks, Onomah, Nkoudou, Janssen. #COYS— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 26, 2016
Team to face Spurs: Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Pedro, Diego Costa, Hazard. #CFC— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) November 26, 2016
Today's subs: Begovic, Ivanovic, Chalobah, Oscar, Fabregas, Willian, Batshuayi. #CFC— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) November 26, 2016
How to Watch
Date/time: Saturday, November 26th, 2016, 5:30 p.m. (UK), 12:30 p.m. ET (USA)
Venue: Stamford Bridge, London, UK
Official: Michael Oliver
TV: NBCSN (NBC), BT Sport 1, BT Sport 4K UHD (UK), TSN2, TSNGO (Canada), Optus Sport (Australia), other listings at livesoccertv.com
Streaming: NBC Sports Live Extra (USA)
Radio: Audio streamed at tottenhamhotspur.com, also often at BBC Radio London, BBC Radio 5 Live, and TalkSport
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