The Champions play host to London neighbours Tottenham, in the late kick off, at Stamford Bridge. Our home record against Tottenham, since the conception of the Premier League, is extraordinary. Chelsea have won 14 and drawn 6, in 20 meetings at the Bridge. Another victory today will all but end the visitors’ dream of a second year in the ‘obsession cup’.
The weather forecast for Saturday is good, therefore no repeat of last week’s water polo. Ancelotti had predicted that he would work with Drogba and Torres during the week, in an effort to come up with a formula for playing both. I don’t believe that will happen and I predict another afternoon of bench warming for the Spaniard.
Team news is that Essien has recovered from his knee scare, however Ramires is still injured. Chelsea should line up with Cech, Cole, Terry, and Luiz behind a midfield of Mikel, Essien and Lampard, with a 3 pronged attack of Malouda, Drogba and Anelka. Tottenham are without the dangerous Huddlestone, who should be replaced by samba starlet Sandro.
A few landmarks today should see Drogba play his 200th Premier League match, having scored 95 goals in his previous 199 games and Peter Crouch will play his 350th match with a goal tally, to date, of 95.
This is do or die time for Ancelotti’s men with 3 points a must in our quest to retain the Champions crown. A victory today will close the gap to Man Utd to 3 points. Then it’s over to Arsenal to do us a favour tomorrow. Next Sunday would then be the title decider. Three or four weeks ago I would have laughed at the possibility of Chelsea winning the League, but a run of seven wins in eight has really put the Blues in with a chance.
Come on Chelsea; put the lily whites to the sword, Arsenal will beat United and its game on! Forget El Classico, next week at Old Trafford will be our D day, or should that be DD day … Didier Drogba day!