Victory for Chelsea in the upcoming match will effectively guarantee the Blues for the Champions League qualifications because of their superior goal difference. It would also give Blue sides and option to take rest to remain fresh for the Europa League final against Benfica. But if Spurs can claim their first win at Stamford Bridge since 1990 then they can secure their position in the top four leaving behind North London rivals Arsenal. It would also enable Andre Villas Boas to get one over the club who sacked him 14 months ago, but the Portuguese manager insists that he is not in the mood of revenge. “I’m not sure if enough time has passed for me to feel anything, I was just another manager that passed by, said Villas-Boas.
“It would be excellent if we got three points there but at the moment it means nothing. It’s just another opponent in your quest to try to get the nine points that we have played for” .While Andre Villas-Boas has been avoiding discussing over the past. Chelsea’s interim boss Rafael Benitez has sidestepped questions about his future, and instead urged his team to focus on the task at hand. “Now we play against Tottenham and we are on the driving seat,” the Spaniard said after the victory over Manchester United on Sunday.
· Chelsea are unbeaten at their home in the last twenty two meeting with Tottenham Hotspurs
· Spurs last win at Stamford Bridge was in February 1990 when Gary Lineker and David Howells got the goals in a 2-1 victory
· Chelsea are chasing the seventh successive home Premier League win.
· Juan Mata has scored three times in his last two games against Tottenham.
· Frank Lampard is one short of equaling Bobby Tambling’s record of 202 goals for Chelsea.
· Gareth Bale has scored 11 goals in his last 11 appearance, netting in each of his last four games.
· Tottenham is not awarded with any penalty this season.