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Chelsea 1-3 Tottenham Hotspur: a historic win for Spurs at Stamford Bridge

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I JUST DON’T THINK YOU UNDERSTAND!

Hey there, football. I see you. I missed you too.

Tottenham Hotspur are at Stamford Bridge today to take on Chelsea in what’s being called one of the most important matches of the entire Premier League season. Its’ importance shouldn’t be discounted: Tottenham are in fourth place, carrying a five point lead over the Blues. A Chelsea win today cuts that lead to two and puts enormous pressure on both sides in the coming weeks. A Tottenham win — or even a draw — puts Spurs firmly in the driver’s seat for top four.

But Tottenham have a dismal record at Stamford Bridge. The last time they won a league match here was in 1990, before the Premier League and certainly before Roman Abramovich rescued Chelsea and buoyed them to the top of Europe. Spurs will very likely need to try and find a way without Harry Kane, who has been recovering from an ankle injury but who might — just might — be in line for a shock return. Chelsea are without David Luiz and (snigger) Ross Barkley.

It’s Easter. It’s also April Fool’s Day. Can both of those things combine to somehow hilariously allow Spurs to rise back ahead of Chelsea in the table this season?

Match Updates:

FT: IT’S OVER! Tottenham get their first win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in 28 years behind a brace from Dele Alli, who has been concern-trolled for weeks in the English media. It puts Spurs in fourth place, eight points above Chelsea in fifth, and Spurs are firmly in the driver’s seat for a Champions League place.

What. A. Win.

65’ ANOTHER ONE FOR DELE! Sonny fires a ball into the box, and Chelsea can’t do more than try and scramble it. Dele is there to fire home from close range, and he’s taken over this match! It’s 3-1!

63’ -- GOAL DELE ALLI!!!!! Spurs go up 2-1 after Eric Dier put a beautiful ball from deep in midfield to the foot of Dele Alli in the box. That was gorgeous, and Spurs lead 2-1!

Second half underway! No changes to either side. Chelsea needs the win more than Spurs do, so look for more end to end action in the second half.

HALFTIME: Spurs get a wonder-goal from Eriksen against the run of play and Spurs head into the break buoyed and level. And holy moly, did they need that!

44’ GOOOOOOOOOALLLLLLLLLLLL! It’s Christian Eriksen and HOLY GOD WHAT A BALL!

30’: Goal Chelsea. Ben Davies left Victor Moses wide open on a break, and he found Morata’s head to put the Blues up 1-0.

KICKOFF! We’re underway at Stamford Bridge. Harry Kane begins the match on the bench.

Lineups:

Match Date, Time and Location

Saturday, April 1, 2018, 11 am (ET), 4 p.m. (GMT)
Stamford Bridge, London, UK
Match official: Andre Marriner

TV Channels

United Kingdom: Sky Sports Premier League/Main Event
USA: NBCSN
Canada: TSN 1/3/4/5
Australia: Optus Sport

Other countries can find their match listings at livesoccertv.com

Streaming

United Kingdom: Sky Go
USA: NBC Sports Live, fubo.tv (7-day trial)

Radio

Audio streamed at tottenhamhotspur.com (requires free OneHotspur membership), also often at BBC Radio London, BBC Radio 5 Live, and TalkSport

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