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 Post subject: 20/09 - Chelsea Vs Tottenham - 16:00
PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2009 3:08 pm 
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Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes is in contention to make a comeback from his groin injury this weekend against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The 28-year-old Brazil international has missed four games with the problem suffered against Hull last month but was fit enough to be a substitute on Saturday against Manchester United, a defeat that saw Carlo Cudicini concede a free-kick in the corner of the net he was guarding.

It is thought that Gomes was not quite ready for a first-team return against United but he will have had another week of training before the trip to Stamford Bridge on Sunday to face the Barclays Premier League leaders.

Jermaine Jenas also staked his claim for a place in the starting XI when he came on at half-time for his first appearance of the season following a calf problem.

Centre-back Sebastien Bassong is looking to bounce back from the defeat to United.

The Cameroon international said: "We have to show a good reaction at Stamford Bridge, we have a good squad, a good spirit and that's what we intend to do."

The Chelsea clash will be another test of Spurs' top-four credentials.

Spurs midfielder Niko Kranjcar, after making his debut for the club at the weekend, said: "Everyone is talking about the top four but we'll take each game as it comes and hopefully we'll achieve that towards the end of the season.

"We'll see at the end of the season. One game doesn't tell everything, we have to keep working hard and believing in ourselves."

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 Post subject: Re: 20/09 - Chelsea Vs Tottenham - 16:00
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I'll go with a 2-2 draw. We'll always give up chances and seems to refuse to sit on a lead, so it should be a good open game. I'll be interested to see if JJ makes the starting XI


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 Post subject: Re: 20/09 - Chelsea Vs Tottenham - 16:00
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Hopefully this will be a good game but I think Drogba will cause Tottenham all sorts of problems at the back and I can see them taking it 3-1 with Spurs taking an early lead.

EDIT: Essien Vs Palacios in midfield will be a bit tasty as well :thumbup:


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 Post subject: Re: 20/09 - Chelsea Vs Tottenham - 16:00
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Mystic Jarv wrote:
Chelsea V Tottenham Hotspur

Chelsea are flying so far this season picking up late wins and over turning defecits, the mark of champions or so the saying goes, Tottenham represent Chelsea's toughest league game so far this season.

Spurs were unbeaten until being beaten by 10 man Man United last weekend after being a goal up, This game will be tougher still and they can't afford to give Chelsea an inch

Mystic Jarv predicts 2-1 to Chelsea


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 Post subject: Re: 20/09 - Chelsea Vs Tottenham - 16:00
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Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes stepped up his comeback from a groin injury by playing a friendly against QPR this week ahead of the Premier League clash at Chelsea.

Full-back Gareth Bale also played following an operation in June to repair a medial meniscal tear on his left knee.

Luka Modric (fibula), Michael Dawson (Achilles) and Jonathan Woodgate (groin) are still sidelined.

Chelsea will welcome back Didier Drogba and Jose Bosingwa.

The pair were suspended for the midweek Champions League win over Porto but are available for domestic games.

Joe Cole (knee), Yuri Zhirkov (knee) and Paulo Ferreira (knee) are all out with coach Carlo Ancelotti saving their return for next week's Carling Cup tie with Queens Park Rangers.

Defender Alex is still struggling with a groin injury.

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Chelsea (from): Cech, Turnbull, Hilario, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Carvalho, A Cole, Ballack, Mikel, Lampard, Anelka, Drogba, Sturridge, Deco, Kalou, Malouda, Essien, Hutchinson, Belletti.

Tottenham (from): Gomes, Cudicini, Walker, Hutton, Naughton, Corluka, King, Bassong, Assou-Ekotto, Bale, Palacios, Huddlestone, Jenas, Kranjcar, Lennon, Bentley, Giovani, Rose, Pavlyuchenko, Keane, Defoe, Crouch.

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 Post subject: Re: 20/09 - Chelsea Vs Tottenham - 16:00
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 Post subject: Re: 20/09 - Chelsea Vs Tottenham - 16:00
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Had nearly 60% of the possesion in the first half and nothing to show for it.....


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 Post subject: Re: 20/09 - Chelsea Vs Tottenham - 16:00
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Thats nothing new for Spurs tho is it?
Hope you come back and at least pick up a point in the second half

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Thats nothing new for Spurs tho is it?
Hope you come back and at least pick up a point in the second half


unfortunately it's not anything new at all


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and in another "nothing new" story Lendley king is on the pitch looking at his knee


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C'mon Spurs, be nice for Chelsea to drop some points!

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be more than nice. Come on Tottingham

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Oh dear, 3-0.

Apparently at 1-0 down Spurs had a nailed on penalty turned down.

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Oh dear, 3-0.

Apparently at 1-0 down Spurs had a nailed on penalty turned down.


Yes they did. Robbie Keane went straight up to Howard Webb afterwards and simply said 'book me then,' which is right 'cos if it wasn't a penalty then it has to be a dive on Keane's part (which it was not) - it can't be neither if you ask me.

Chelsea were damn lucky - again!

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lucky? have they stolen Liverpools luck from last season then?

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Or ours from the Arsenal match to be fair, everyone has their lucky days (just Liverpool seemed to have a couple more than usual last season :p ).

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Chelsea remained top of the Barclays Premier League after a 3-0 demolition of London rivals Tottenham at Stamford Bridge.

Ashley Cole put the Blues on the way to a comfortable victory with a firs-half header and Michael Ballack made it two in the 57th minute.

Didier Drogba finished Spurs off with a third in the 62nd minute to make it six straight wins for the Blues and leave them three points clear of Manchester United at the summit.

To make matters worse for Spurs they lost both Ledley King and Sebastien Bassong through injury to leave Harry Redknapp with a defensive crisis.

There was bad news for Chelasea, too, as Drogba exited seven minutes from time with a calf problem.

Chelsea almost went ahead in the seventh minute when an angled drive from Jose Bosingwa cannoned off the crossbar.

But the Blues had Petr Cech to thank in the 11th minute when Jermain Defoe sprinted clear of the Chelsea defence only to see the Chelsea keeper stick out a leg to deny him.

Tottenham were now enjoying the majority of the possession and Jermaine Jenas was inches wide with a 20-yard drive that had Cech beaten.

It was enough to encourage Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti off his seat and into the technical area.

His presence almost had an immediate effect as Frank Lampard headed just wide from a cross by Nicolas Anelka in the 17th minute.

In the 22nd minute Anelka sent a powerful volley into the side netting after a cross from Florent Malouda had made its way across the six-yard box without attention from the Spurs defenders.

Chelsea felt they should have had a penalty in the 31st minute when Ballack collided with Vedran Corluka but referee Howard Webb rejected their appeals.

But his decision was of little consequence when Chelsea went ahead a minute later.

Drogba turned supplier with a superb cross into the middle of the Spurs penalty area and Cole got in front of Corluka to put a diving header into the net beyond former Chelsea keeper Carlo Cudicini.

The game had erupted into life at last and it was now a full-blooded derby with tackles flying in from both sides.

Drogba was the target for some rough stuff from the Spurs players as the temperature began to rise.

Chelsea won a free-kick in a central position some 25 yards out when Tom Huddlestone jumped into Ballack two minutes before the interval.

But Drogba hit the free-kick straight at Tottenham's defensive wall.

Chelsea should have gone two in front in the 46th minute but Lampard drove wide after Drogba had found him with a low cross.

In the build-up to Lampard's chance, Spurs defender King sustained a knock that forced his retirement from the action.

Alan Hutton replaced the stricken King with Corluka moving from right-back into the centre of defence alongside Bassong.

Spurs were furious in the 54th minute when Robbie Keane went down under a challenge from Ricardo Carvalho.

Referee Webb rejected Tottenham's appeals but TV replays appeared to show that the Chelsea defender had clipped the Spurs striker's heels.

The debate continued to rage on the pitch with Keane protesting to both Carvalho and Webb that is should have been a spot-kick.

Chelsea made Spurs pay moments later when Ballack made it 2-0.

Drogba's 57th-minute shot was well saved by Cudicini but Lampard followed up to roll the ball back into the six-yard box where Ballack was waiting to poke it home from point-blank range.

Chelsea were at their fluid best with a two-goal cushion and Bosingwa forced Cudicini into another save with a left-foot drive from 20-yards.

Not surprisingly the Blues went three in front in the 62nd minute when Drogba fired home from six yards for his fifth goal of the season.

Cudicini almost gifted Chelsea a fourth in the 73rd minute when he allowed a shot by substitute John Obi Mikel to creep under his body.

But the Italian keeper was alert enough to recover the ball before it could cross the goal line.

It g worse for Spurs when centre-half Bassong fell awkwardly on his shoulder and had to be carried off after lengthy treatment. He was replaced by Niko Kranjcar.

But Chelsea also lost striker Drogba with a calf injury in the 83rd minute which will give coach Ancelotti real cause for concern if he is out for any length of time.

Teams:

Chelsea Cech, Bosingwa, Carvalho, Terry, Ashley Cole,Ballack (Mikel 62), Essien, Lampard, Malouda,Anelka (Borini 89), Drogba (Kalou 85).

Subs Not Used: Hilario, Ivanovic, Belletti, Hutchinson.

Goals: Ashley Cole 32, Ballack 58, Drogba 63.

Tottenham Cudicini, Corluka, King (Hutton 48),Bassong (Kranjcar 82), Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Jenas,Huddlestone, Palacios, Defoe (Crouch 67), Keane.

Subs Not Used: Gomes, Bentley, Naughton, Giovani.

Booked: Bassong, Jenas.

Att: 41,623

Ref: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire).

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