Friday, March 7, 2014

Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur Premier League 08-03-2014

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On Saturday, 8th March at 16:30 GMT, Chelsea FC will host Tottenham at Stamford Bridge for Round 29 of the 2013/2014 English Premier League.
Chelsea FC sit comfortably at 4 points atop the Premier League, but knowing that Man City have 2 games in hand at 6 points below, they'll be wise to push on and keep the pressure on the teams chasing them. Jose Mourinho will look to extend his unbeaten streak at Stamford Bridge to an uncanny 75 Premier League games. Tottenham offer a tricky proposition though, so Mourinho may opt for the safer side of caution in the first half behind his top-ranked defence. Andre Schurrle announced himself in a big way last week, endearing himself to fans with his first Premier League hat-trick against local rivals Fulham. The German still may not crack the starting XI here though, but he is certainly getting closer to a bigger role in Mourinho's plans. In league play, Chelsea haven't lost since early December at Stoke City, winning 4 of their last 5 and 10 of their last 13. An upset here is possible, but it's hard to see with the Blues playing such dominant football, especially at home.
Tottenham team returned to winning ways in league play last weekend with an unconvincing 1-0 win over relegation-zoned Cardiff City. Roberto Soldado netted the lone goal in that one after a lengthy drought in front of goal. The Spaniard's finish came at a welcome time for the Hotspurs, as red-hot Emmanuel Adebayor wasn't going to be able to do all the scoring for the North London club. Tim Sherwood has done an excellent job since taking over the managerial position and is impressively staking his claim for an extended stay in power. His club holds a firm grasp on 5th place, while a Champions League place (top 4) isn't a farfetched proposition at this stage. A result here at Stamford Bridge would go a long way to achieving the coveted top 4 that has eluded the visitors for some time. Tottenham have played well on the road this campaign, taking 29 of their 53 points away from White Hart Lane. However, against the top 4 this season, the Hotspurs have wilted, losing to Man City 6-0 and 5-1, to Liverpool 5-0, and to Arsenal 1-0. It is important to note that they drew against Chelsea in the first match 1-1, but the league-leaders have improved immensely since then. 

Possible line-ups:
Chelsea FC: Cech – Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta –Matic, Ramires – Willian, Oscar, Schurrle – Torres.
Tottenham: Lloris – Naughton, Vertonghen, Dawson, Fryers – Lennon, Sandro, Paulinho, Townsend – Soldado, Adebayor.

Match Details and Timings:
Chelsea FC vs Tottenham Hotspur
Football: 2013/2014 English Premier League, Round 29
Match date: Saturday, 8 March 2014
Kick Off Time: 18:30 CET - 16:30 GMT
Stadium: Stamford Bridge, London, United Kingdom
Referee: Michael Oliver

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]

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