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Ahead of Chelsea’s game against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane tomorrow, we take a look at the odds on offer.

All odds provided by SkyBET (SB), Ladbrokes (L) and Coral (C), correct as of 28th November

 

Full-time score:

Tottenham win: SB – 6/4, L – 6/4,  C – 13/8

Draw: SB – 12/5, L –12/5, C – 23/10

Chelsea win: SB – 7/4, L – 15/8, C – 9/5

 

First goalscorer:

Harry Kane: SB – 5/1, L – 9/2, C – 11/2

Christian Eriksen: SB – 7/1, L – 15/2, C – 8/1

Son Heung-Min: SB – 7/1, L – 7/1, C – 7/1

Moussa Dembele: SB – 14/1, L – 14/1, C – 14/1

Toby Alderweireld: SB – 25/1, L – 25/1, C – 25/1

No goalscorer: SB – 10/1, L – 9/1, C – 8/1

Eden Hazard: SB – 15/2, L – 15/2, C – 7/1

Oscar: SB – 9/1, L – 9/1, C – 9/1

Pedro: SB – 15/2, L – 9/1, C – 9/1

Diego Costa: SB – 11/2, L – 11/2, C – 6/1

Willian: SB – 9/1, L – 9/1, C – 9/1

 

Final Score:

Tottenham win:

1-0: SB – 15/2, L – 8/1,  C – 8/1

2-0: SB – 11/1, L – 12/1, C – 12/1

2-1: SB – 17/2, L – 17/2, C – 17/2

3-0: SB – 25/1, L – 25/1, C – 28/1

3-1: SB – 18/1, L – 18/1, – 18/1

Draw:

0-0: SB – 10/1, L – 10/1, C – 10/1

1-1: SB – 5/1, L – 11/2, C – 5/1

2-2: SB – 12/1, L – 11/1, C – 11/1

3-3: SB – 50/1, L – 40/1, C – 45/1

4-4: SB – 250/1, L – 200/1, C – 150/1

Chelsea win:

1-0: SB – 8/1, L – 17/2, C – 17/2

2-0: SB – 12/1, L – 12/1, C – 14/1

2-1: SB – 9/1, L – 9/1, C – 9/1

3-0: SB – 28/1, L – 28/1, C – 33/1

3-1: SB – 22/1, L – 20/1, – 20/1

 

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Chelsea will look to follow up their two consecutive wins as they return to domestic duties to face Tottenham Hotspur tomorrow at White Hart Lane (12:00 GMT KO).

The Blues have come back strongly from the recent international break, beating Norwich at home before easily overcoming Maccabi Tel Aviv 0-4 in midweek.

Tottenham however sit fifth in the table, 10 places above Chelsea, and are unbeaten in their last five in all competitions, which includes a 1-1 draw against North London rivals Arsenal at the Emirates.

Jose Mourinho’s side played out two very entertaining games with Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs last season. The Blues overcame their London neighbours 3-0 at home in December 2014 thanks to goals from Eden Hazard, Didier Drogba and Loic Remy, but on New Year’s Day 2015 a Harry Kane double helped Tottenham overcome Chelsea 5-3 at White Hart Lane, despite goals from Hazard, Diego Costa and John Terry.

 

Last five games:

Tottenham Hotspur: WWWDWW (includes two Europa League games).

Chelsea: LLWLWW (includes two Champions League games and one League Cup game).

 

Team News:

– Tottenham will be without Dele Ali, who is suspended after picking up five yellow cards.

– Kyle Walker, Mousa Dembele and Danny Rose are set to return after all three were rested for Spurs’ midweek trip to Qarabag in the Europa League.

– It is unclear whether John Terry will feature for Chelsea after picking up an ankle injury in midweek.

– Ramires is to be monitored after picking up a muscle problem in midweek.

– Cesc Fabregas is fit, having overcome a slight toe injury in midweek.

 

Statistics:

– Tottenham’s 5-3 win against Chelsea on New Year’s Day is their only victory in their last 12 league and cup games against the Blues (D5, L6).

– Mourinho is without a win in his last three visits to White Hart Lane (D1, L2).

– Tottenham haven’t lost in 12 league games.

– They have lost just two of their last 20 league games at home (W12, D6).

– The Blues have the chance to win back-to-back league games for the first time this season.

– They have earned four Premier League points away from home this season (W1, D1, L4), the second lowest tally in the league.

– Eden Hazard has scored in his last three Premier League appearances against Spurs.

Starting XI last time out in the Premier League:

Tottenham (home vs. West Ham, won 4-1): Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Dembele, Son, Ali, Eriksen, Kane.

Chelsea (home vs. Norwich City, won 1-0): Begovic, Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Kenedy, Ramires, Matic, Willian, Fabregas, Pedro, Costa.

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Shaktar Donetsk midfielder Alex Texeira revealed to Brazilian media Lance! that his dream is to play in Chelsea under José Mourinho:

What I saw and what my manager said was that Chelsea, Juventus and PSG made ​​proposals.

“I’m glad to have received the proposal of Chelsea as they are a big club in Europe, but my manager will sort that.

“It’s my dream, I have spoken to many people who have the desire to play in the Premier League, because I think it’s the best World Championship, most competitive.

“For January, I believe it is very difficult because it is in the middle of the championship. Shakhtar has said they will not release me in January, only at the end of the season. But I’m with a clear head.

He concluded on Mourinho:

“I hope he does not leave Chelsea now. I want to work with him and have great success at his side.”

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White Hart Lane

Tottenham Hotspur published a statement on their website urging the fans going to White Hart Lane on Sunday for the clash against Chelsea to arrive earlier at the stadium for heightened security.

The club will open the gates of WHL at 9.30 am, three hours before the kick-off.

The statement read:

Those supporters who arrived close to kick off [for the West Ham fixture] experienced extended queues due to these additional checks with some unfortunately missing the start of the game as a result.

Security WILL NOT be reduced or compromised in the event of queues forming to clear security and kick off will not be delayed as a result of this.

We should therefore like to remind fans once again that it is important to plan their journey for an earlier than normal arrival time.

 

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Chelsea manager José Mourinho revealed that his relationship with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is really good.

The two coaches have known each other since their time in Spain, when the Argentinian manager was in charge at Espanyol while Mourinho was managing Real Madrid:

“We respect each other, we’ve known each other for a long time.We cannot be close friends because, to be close friends you have to have a certain kind of relationship. But we are friends. We have good feelings for each other.

“Also his technical staff and my technical staff have known each other for a long time too, so relations are very good. It’s the kind of match where the fourth official will have a peaceful time because we are very happy to be seated almost together.

“We met a couple of times after he left Espanyol, when he was preparing himself for the next step. In that period we met a couple of times, but nothing important.”

The two also met last March, in the Capital One Cup final in Wembey, that Chelsea won:

“In that cup final I was so happy with the victory, but I could feel a little bit of time to think about him. Tottenham hadn’t won a title for a long time. Mauricio is still waiting for his first title as a manager. I could imagine that he was very disappointed. So I had a little bit of time to feel for him and to give him a nice word.

“But the team is really good. They kept the players they wanted to keep. I think they brought the right players in. The squad is very good and has a lot of potential. There is no pressure on them, like there is on the other four or five top teams to reach important positions. So they have great conditions to do the magnificent work they are doing.

“When I was in a team where the objective was not to be relegated, in December I was third and it was fantastic. You could go into every match and you know that you can lose. You can bring in young players without problems, even if they’re not ready. You go to play the top teams and if you win you’re a hero. If you don’t win, it’s something very natural. And to be fair, I enjoyed it.”

Mourinho also explained that everything is ok with Diego Costa, after a little discussion they had in Haifa at half time:

“Everything is okay, there is no problem. In the game I told him from a distance, with gestures, that I was not happy with the movement he did. He told me also a few nice words from where he was,” Mourinho laughed. “Nothing happened. Nothing happened at all.

“He’s not reading the game properly in these actions. That was my opinion. As a striker you must read it. You have to play not just when you have the ball, but also when others have the ball. You have to try to anticipate things. It’s just a question of reading the game faster. Everything is an accumulation (of confidence). It’s not because you score one goal against Norwich that suddenly you are again on fire. It will be a process.”

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Dynamo Kiev have been punished by UEFA after a video showing racist abuse of Chelsea fans last month.

The Ukrainian side will play their next two European home games behind closed doors after a video emerged of Kiev fans racially abusing four black Chelsea fans at the game in Ukraine on 20th October.

sanction of a third closed-door match has been suspended for three years. The club have also been fined £70,000 (€100,000) after being charged with racist behaviour, crowd disturbances and blocked stairways.

They will play in an empty stadium against Maccabi Tel Aviv on 9 December, with the second game coming in either the Champions League last 16 or Europa League last 32 next year.

This isn’t the first time Kiev have had issues with racism, having twice been punished for Europa League incidents last year.

 

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Two Chelsea Ladies players helped England Ladies gain a respectable 0-0 draw against Germany. 

Striker Fran Kirby and defender Gilly Flaherty both started for Mark Sampson’s side, with fellow Blues’ strikers Gemma Davison and Eniola Aluko spending the game on the bench in Duisburg.

Kirby was replaced by Jess Clarke with 15 minutes remaining, whilst Flaherty played a full game.

In the first game between the two countries since England beat Germany to take third place at the Women’s World Cup last summer, both Demi Stokes and Jill Scott wasted early chances to put the visitors into the lead.

However, Babett Peter, who scored an own goal for Wolfsburg in Chelsea’s Champions League quarter final defeat, saw a strike whistle past the post, with England keeper Karen Bardsley being the busier goalkeeper.

The draw does however cement England in fifth place in the world rankings, with the Three Lions taking on Bosnia Herzegovina in a Euro 2017 qualifier on Sunday.

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has said that there is a small chance of John Terry being fit to face Tottenham on Sunday. 

The Blues captain was stretchered off the Maccabi Tel Aviv pitch 72 minutes into Chelsea’s Champions League Group G match with an ankle injury.

Mourinho then went on to blame the pitch for the injury, with the Portuguese labelling the pitch as “dangerous.”

Reports at the time suggested that Terry would definitely miss Sunday’s lunchtime game with Spurs.

Mourinho had initially ruled him out of the game at White Hart lane but said earlier today:

Today he didn’t train, but we have a little hope that it’s possible.

“I don’t want to say that it’s impossible that he plays, because maybe he plays and you’ll say I was hiding.”

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Jose Mourinho has admitted that Chelsea can not afford another loss of points in the Premier League games. The Blues will face Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday at White Hart Lane and Mourinho hopes for a good performance of his players.

Chelsea who surprising currently occupies 15th place in the Premier League table will do anything to win the three points during the London derby. Despite the rather distant vision of playing in the Champions League or even the Europa League next season, Mourinho promises that his team keep on battling.

Mourinho said:

“We have to play every match as if we are fighting for the title.”

“The reality is that we need points the same way as last season when we were top of the table and fighting to be champions.”

“In this moment we are far from even the European positions.”

“We have to play every game with ambition and determination. Every point at the end of the season can make a difference.”

“We’ve lost so many points already, now we have to fight for every point even more.”

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