Chelsea and Tottenham meet for the 51st time in the Premier League. The Blues have won 26 of the previous 50 matches and Spurs five (all at White Hart Lane in the last 11 years). Nineteen have been drawn.
The champions have won one of our past 11 Premier League visits to Tottenham. That sole win over that period was in October 2012, when goals from Gary Cahill, Juan Mata (two), and Daniel Sturridge secured a 4-2 victory.
Unlike most other Premier League clubs, Chelsea have experience of playing Tottenham at their new temporary home, with three encounters since 2012.
The first occasion was a 2012 FA Cup semi-final that started quite even. Then just before half-time, Didier Drogba shrugged off former team-mate William Gallas with grace and power and arrowed a shot out of the reach of current Blues assistant Carlo Cudicini.
Man of the match Juan Mata made it two shortly after the break and, after Gareth Bale had briefly given the north Londoners hope, a neatly clipped finish from Ramires, Frank Lampard’s swirling long-range free kick, and Florent Malouda’s late strike made it 5-1. Roberto Di Matteo’s men went on to lift the FA Cup as well as the Champions League......................................