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Premier League Top Five: Tottenham v Chelsea

Things could well get feisty on Saturday

Ahead of Saturday's big London derby, Alex Lee selects his top five encounters between the teams. There's certainly plenty here to get you in the mood...


Chelsea 5-1 Tottenham 2012

While any 5-1 win is worthy of a few column inches, this match stole the show as much for its controversy as it did Chelsea's overall performance. Spurs fancied their chances at Wembley in the FA Cup semi last season, but a goal 'scored' by Juan Mata, which was later proved to be even less over the line than England's against West Germany in 1966 swung the balance of the game in Chelsea's favour. Buoyed by their good fortune, the Pensioners took a grip of the match and, despite Spurs pulling it back to 2-1 through Gareth Bale, Chelsea knew that lady luck was smiling down on them. Latest odds on a Chelsea win on Saturday: 2.982/1


Tottenham 2-1 Chelsea 1967

While it wasn't exactly the match of the century, Spurs' win over Chelsea in the FA Cup Final at Wembley in 1967 was the competition's first final to be contested between two teams from London, and has since earned the predictable sobriquet 'The Cockney Cup Final'. Tottenham won the historic match 2-1, through goals from Jimmy Robertson and Frank Saul, with Chelsea's Bobby Tambling bagging a late consolation - in the days before you could guarantee a minimum of three minutes added on come hell or high water. Latest odds on a Spurs win on Saturday: 2.6213/8


Chelsea 4-3 Tottenham 1994

Despite the two clubs' reputation as high-scoring, attacking outfits, clashes between Chelsea and Spurs haven't always been big on goals. This one back in February 1994, however, was a seven-goal thriller played at an uninviting-looking pre-Abramovic Stamford Bridge. Starring for Spurs that day was exciting young winger Darren Anderton (remember 'Sick Note' anyone?), but his cavalier approach on this occasion was outshone by Chelsea goalkeeper Dimitri Kharine, who saved an Andy Gray penalty, and Mark Stein who scored two, including the winner from the spot.


Tottenham 5-1 Chelsea 2002

Chelsea don't have the monopoly on 5-1 wins. Ten years ago, Glenn Hoddle's Spurs team battered the Blues in the second leg of the Worthington Cup semi-final 5-1, more than making up for their 1-2 reversal at Stamford Bridge in the first leg. Iverson, Sherwood, Sheringham, Davies and Rebrov all scored for Spurs, while Forssell nicked Chelsea's late consolation. While the scoreline was a surprise at the time, it was even more remarkable given that it was Tottenham's first victory over Chelsea in 27 matches.


Tottenham 4-4 Chelsea 2008

A Robbie Keane special earned Spurs a share of the spoils in a 2008 Premier League classic at White Hart Lane. Didier Drogba and Michael Essien scored for Chelsea either side of Jonathan Woodgate's goal for Spurs, putting the Pensioners one up after 45 minutes. The writing looked well and truly on the wall for Spurs when Joe Cole made it 3-1 early in the second half. Then Dimitar Berbatov notched for Spurs with a towering header before Tom Huddlestone equalised with 15 minutes left. Cole scored again to put Chelsea back in front, but Keane's 88th minute curler from outside the box capped a fantastic contest.


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16 October 2012

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