Lakenheath Old Boys

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Wednesday, January 04, 2017

The Battle of the Lane!

Tottenham and Chelski renew their antagonistic relationship this afternoon at Shite Fart Lane. There have been some rather spicy encounters in recent years. Join me to check the body count this afternoon. It all starts at 3pm on NBC Sports Network.

56 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Afternoon, chaps. We're in the midst of a bloody blizzard here in WNY. So - what else is there to do but cozy up with a cuppa and a quality Premiership match on the telly. Wahay!

2:46 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

These two sides also have unfinished business after last season’s heartwarming Battle of Stamford Bridge. But there is also a matter of league position. Chelski have won 13 straight, so they need to be stopped if any of the wannabe clubs including Spurs are to have any chance at the title. Spurs are currently fifth and ten points back on Chelski.

2:50 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The two teams now amassing in the tunnel with martial music in the background:

Tottenham Hotspur (3-4-2-1) Lloris; Dier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen; Walker, Wanyama, Dembele, Rose; Alli, Eriksen; Kane.
Substitutes: Wimmer, Vorm, Trippier, Davies, Son, Winks, Sissoko.

Chelsea (3-4-3) Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Pedro, Diego Costa, Hazard.
Substitutes: Begovic, Ivanovic, Zouma, Willian, Chalobah, Fabregas, Batshuayi.

2:56 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It's Arlo and the Little Neviller on the microphones this afternoon.

2:57 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A win tonight would also have the benefit of lifting Spurs above their cross-town rivals Arsenal into the last vaunted CL spot. Lots of incentive for Spurs to go all-out tonight.

3:01 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Apparently the Spurs are marching in...and there are some in SFL who want to be in "that number."

3:02 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Early foray down the wing by Dembele - couldn't quite find a decent cross though.

3:03 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Kante vs. Wanyama battle in midfield should be fascinating tonight.

3:03 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Hazard almost gives Chelsea the lead. Matic lofted an angled pass over the top to Hazard, who was played onside by Vertonghen on the other side of the pitch. As the ball bounced up on the left side of the box he dragged a left-footed shot across Lloris and wide of the far post. He didn’t get hold of it properly, though it wasn’t far wide.

3:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A lovely, elegant run from Dembele, who slips past both Kante and Matic before scooping a through pass towards Kane. Courtois gets there first to claim.

3:12 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Vertonghen’s long, bouncing pass almost puts Rose through on goal. David Luiz scurries across to make a crucial interception. All Spurs at the moment.

3:14 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Danny Rose buys a free kick from Martin Atkinson out wide left. Lots of boos from the Blues faithful behind that goal.

3:15 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Erickson lines up the free kick....

Decent ball in but well nodded out by Sideshow.

3:16 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It's all starting to get a bit testy.

3:19 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Chelski have barely gotten out of their own half - this is not the display of a Premiership champion.

3:19 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Really negative stuff from Conte and Chelski - playing two defensive middies and nothing up front.

3:21 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Well - Costa and Pedro are having a right go at each. Extraordinary.

3:22 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Erickson latched on to a loose ball in midfield and lashed a great shot across Courtois. Just wide.

3:25 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The more Spurs dominate possession, the more you feel a deadly Chelsea counter-attack is coming. Chelsea can play more than one way, it’s true, but they are the masters of Contenaccio.

3:29 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Moses is not happy about that chippy Danny Rose tackle.

3:31 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

This game is still waiting for an innocuous incident and/or a goal to spark it into life. Chelsea will be the happier team, just about.

3:35 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

First real chance for Chelski. Hazard found Costa in the box but he blazed over from about 15 yards.

3:36 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Cahill picks up a yellow for tugging back Erickson in the most cynical fashion.

3:38 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - great cross to the back stick. Dier nodded back across but Courtois palmed it away.

3:39 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And now it's Victor Wanyama into the book for a late one on Hazard.

3:40 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Two stoppage time minutes to come then.

3:45 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Dele Alli strikes at the stroke of half-time - great goal!

3:46 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Classic Premiership goal. Erickson with a quality cross and Alli with a wonderful header back across Courtois into the right corner.

1-0 Spuds!

3:47 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Peep peep! Chelsea begin the second half. They have only needed to come from behind twice in this run - against City and Spurs - but teams managed by Antonio Conte will never shy away from adversity. This is a huge afternoon for the season.

4:04 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - great save by Lloris there from Costa's drive. Better from Chelski.

4:05 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Sick of this brotherly love. What's the matter with Costa, was he gelded in September. Get. Stuck. In!!! I want a bloodbath and I want it already.

4:05 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It's clear that Chelski have finally decided to play a bit of football. This should be interesting.

4:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Welcome, Gooner! There have been a couple of tasty challenges but nothing like the Battle of Stamford Bridge. Could get interesting as Chelski get more desperate.

4:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Harry Kane has looked like a bloody statue all evening. If Spurs had a more mobile center forward, they might be 2-0 up.

4:07 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

This is a furious start to the second half from Chelsea. Moses falls over in the box after a challenge from Dembele. Martin Atkinson waves play on. It was probably a foul, a shove to the side, but the original contact was outside the box.

4:10 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

This is the match we expected. It’s lurching from end to end now, with Chelsea looking especially menacing.

4:10 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Matic tries one from distance and it never looks like coming off.

4:11 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL!!!!!

Delle Alli again with a header at the back post!!

4:12 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Another wonderful cross by Erickson and another header down into the corner by Alli.

2-0!

4:12 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

No body sent off, no shoving or biffing another player. Really low energy. Sad.

4:19 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Erickon to swing in another free kick. Not this time.

4:20 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

LOL! That is true, Gooner.

4:21 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Even David Luiz pulled out of that bad tackle before it counted. So disappointing.

4:21 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Twenty minutes left for Chelski to pull this one out of the ditch and retain their winning record.

4:28 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Incessant pressure now from Chelski wins them a corner. And another. Spurs will need a change or two soon.

4:30 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Dembele makes way for local favorite Harry Winks. Good move probably.

4:31 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Fabregas being prepared to come on. Not before time!

4:35 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Dier on the overlap wins a free kick.

4:36 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Kante off and Fabregas on now. Boos all round for the former Arsenal man.

4:36 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Lots of substitutions now. Delle Alli takes a rest. Huge ovation for him.

4:43 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Batshuiyi also replaced Victor Moses.

4:45 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Into stoppage time now.

4:48 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Arlo is paying tribute to Antonio Conte and Chelski's winning run now.

4:49 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Late, late cameo for Son, replacing Kane, who's been rubbish today.

4:49 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's it - Chelski have equaled the Premiership record but have not beaten it. Their run comes to an end here at Shite Fart Lane tonight. Spurs jump over both Arsenal and Citeh into third on 42 points, some seven points behind Chelski. Liverpool are five points back in second.

4:54 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's it for me, too, tonight.

Cheerio!

4:54 PM  

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