- Diego Costa is suspended for Chelsea
- Spurs have never won a PL match at Stamford Bridge
- Tottenham have won their last three matches in all competitions
After dropping points in a draw with Sunderland, Chelsea will look to get back to their winning ways as they host Tottenham Hotspur in a London Derby today.
You can watch the match live at 2:45 p.m. ET on NBCSN or online via Live Extra.
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Chelsea were held scoreless for the first time all season last weekend at Sunderland, and will now be without star striker Diego Costa as the Spanish international is suspended one match after receiving his fifth yellow card of the season. That leaves Jose Mourinho to choose between Didier Drogba and Loic Remy to start up top for the Blues.
Remy has only made three starts since making the move to Stamford Bridge from Queens Park Rangers, but was featured off the bench in their draw against Sunderland. However, Drogba has only made one start on the season to go with his nine appearances off the bench.
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For Tottenham, Roberto Soldado will be keen to get on the scoresheet for the second straight match. The Spaniard scored for Spurs against Everton over the weekend, breaking a scoreless streak in the Premier League that dated back to last March. After finally getting the monkey off his back, a goal at Stamford Bridge would work wonders for the striker’s confidence.
Spurs have been playing their best football of the season as of late, winning their last three matches in all competitions while breaking into the top half of the table. Unfortunately, the club has never won a Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, with their last three points coming in 1990.
What they’re saying:
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho on playing without Diego Costa: “It (Costa’s ban) doesn’t affect us. We don’t speak about Diego. We trust Remy and Drogba the same way we trust Diego. It’s our way of work – forget Diego we trust the other two.”
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino on overcoming Spurs’ poor record at Chelsea: “I don’t read about the record. For us it is important to feel the same mentality we showed against Everton and forget the past. We do not need to let the past affect our present. We know that Chelsea are a very strong squad, they are an unbelievable team.”
Despite coming off of a big win over Everton, it would be hard the imagine Chelsea dropping points in consecutive matches. The Blues’ unbeaten streak over Spurs at Stamford Bridge continues. Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur.