Chelsea’s 2-2 draw against Tottenham at Stamford Bridge was quite the occasion last season, as the Blues came back from 2-0 down to draw and seal the Premier League title for Leicester City.
But the game will be remembered equally for the ill-tempered nature of several tackles and challenges, the result of which was that the teams were fined a combined total of £600,000 afterwards.
Spurs return this weekend to Stamford Bridge, so we thought we’d preview the game using each of the north London side’s bookings as bookmarks. Here goes…
Kyle Walker – 27 minutes
Did you know that across all competitions, Tottenham have beaten Chelsea just once in their last 14 games? That was a 5-3 thriller at White Hart Lane on New Year’s Day in 2015.
Jan Vertonghen – 38 minutes
That record looks far worse however, when you consider that Chelsea are undefeated at home against Tottenham for over 26 years. Gary Lineker scored the winning goal for Tottenham that day in a 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge – it was that long ago.
Danny Rose – 45+1 minutes
The last 10 games between the sides do make for encouraging reading, especially if its goal-laden entertainment you’re after. A grand total of 39 goals have been notched in that time, making for an average of 3.9 goals per game. Who’s scoring 0.9 of a goal?
Erik Lamela – 51 minutes
While both sides have potent forwards, it’s Chelsea who come into the game with the in-form players.
Diego Costa and Eden Hazard have 10 and seven goals respectively, while Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Son Heung-min have five and four to their names.
Christian Eriksen – 70 minutes
While Spurs’ record against Chelsea is a bit dire, they remain unbeaten in the league after 12 games this season. That run has included draws against Arsenal and Liverpool, as well a hugely impressive 2-0 home win against Manchester City.
The north London side have six wins and six draws in the Premier League – could they go the season unbeaten?
Eric Dier – 87 minutes
Chelsea are in some hot form themselves however, having won their last six games since losing 3-0 at Arsenal.
Of those results, the Blues have scored 17 goals without reply, including a 3-0 win against Leicester, a 4-0 win against Manchester United, and a 5-0 win against Everton.
Good luck, Tottenham.
Harry Kane – 90+5 minutes
While this fixture produces goals, there’s also a chance we might be treated to a defensive masterclass. Both sides represent the top two defences in the division, with Chelsea having conceded just nine goals, and Tottenham conceding just eight.
The Blues boast the better clean sheet record, with seven to Spurs’ five; will we get goals galore, or a cacophony of catenaccio?
Mousa Dembele – 90+5 minutes
Chelsea are in fine shape coming into this game as regards the treatment table, with no injuries or suspensions to worry about.
Tottenham meanwhile have Danny Rose suspended, Toby Alderweireld ruled out with a leg injury, and Erik Lamela sidelined by his hip. Is Spurs’ squad strong enough?
Ryan Mason – 90+6 minutes
And to finish, here’s a five-a-side team made entirely of players to have played for both Chelsea and Tottenham – Carlo Cudicini, Scott Parker, Gus Poyet, Glenn Hoddle and Jimmy Greaves – it’s not bad!