Chelsea meet Sp*rs for the second time this season having been beaten on penalties after their Third Round League Cup at Wh*te H*rt L*ne ended 1-1 after 90 minutes.
Last season, the corresponding match saw Chelsea celebrate after Olivier Giroud and Marcos Alonso scored to give The Blues a 2-1 win, with the unlucky Antonio Rüdiger put through his own net to register for the opposition.
In the away match, Chelsea recorded a famous victory as they inflicted their opponent’s first defeat at their newly renovated ground.
After the referee Anthony Taylor at first denied Chelsea a penalty – when Alonso was literally assaulted by the home keeper G*zzaniga – the clash was referred to VAR.
The initial decision of the official to award Sp*rs a free-kick was reversed and Willian stepped up to hit home his and Chelsea’s second goal from the penalty spot – the Brazilian’s two goals giving the Stamford Bridge side a 2-0 win.
The match at Stamford Bridge will be the 1000th competitive game Chelsea have played since the munificent Mr Abramovich purchased the club in 2003.
There is no doubt whatsoever that had it not been for the financial impetus we, as Chelsea supporters, would not have enjoyed the success we have on the pitch or witnessed the truly world-class players that have pulled on a Chelsea shirt.
Needless to say, a win against Sp*rs would be a fitting tribute. That said, for the supporters at least, it is always a game that is filled with tension and it is a fixture we hate to lose.
Apparently, over the course of the last few days, some ‘so-called’ Chelsea fans have taken to social media and written that they wouldn’t mind’ seeing M*urinho lead his team to the league title.
Well, I’m sorry, but for me at least, that is a sign that the game has nearly gone.
However, going into the match with a great unbeaten run behind them and the chance of revenge for the League Cup exit, I’m hoping that Frank Lampard’s men will keep the Blue Flag flying high and finish the game with all three points.
That said and considering the opposition, I’ll be happy with a point.
As far as my bet for the game is concerned, I’ll have a correct score bet on Chelsea to win 2-0 and for Mateo Kovačić to score any time, the odds being 51.00 with our friends at FansBet.
About the Author
Londoner David Johnstone is a home, away and European away Chelsea supporter and has missed just six matches since 2001 (although he’s quick to state there are plenty of other supporters with better attendance records than him).
He has been involved with the fanzine scene at Chelsea since around 1991 and started the ‘cfcuk’ fanzine in 1999 which was, until Mr Abramovich bought the club in 2003, named ‘Matthew Harding’s Blue And White Army’.
David was also responsible for forming both the Chelsea Supporters’ Group and the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust which are the main two bodies that represent the followers of Chelsea FC and take their concerns to those running the club.
A founder of the highly regarded Chelsea FanCast weekly podcast (but is no longer involved) and responsible for the crowd surfing banners and supporter displays that are seen in the Matthew Harding Stand at Stamford Bridge on matchday.
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