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The BIG Match Preview (7-9 March 2014)
There was a full program of International friendly matches in midweek, and while local focus will be on the hiding Bafana Bafana suffered at the hands of 5-times-WORLD- Champions Brazil, I cast my eye across the big domestic leagues looking for a match that will give us entertainment, blood & guts, emotion, desire and 90 minutes of non-stop action. I think this might be it.
Chelsea v Tottenham
If you know anything about English football you will know that there is no love between Tottenham and Chelsea. Even if this was a friendly match, there would be a lot of aggression building up towards the kick off. The fact that Chelsea are top of the table and looking to extend their lead this weekend against a Spurs team that are in a very solid 5th place will only add fuel to a fire that will surely burn bright on Saturday evening.
The Blues have not been fluid in recent weeks, but they keep picking up results, the sign of a good team. Coach Jose Mourinho has tried to down play Chelsea’s chances of winning the title this season, even referring to them as ‘a little horse’ in the title race, but there is little doubt they are massive contenders in a season that has got the neutrals excited because Manchester United are out of the picture for the first time in over 20 years!
Spurs have not been great in recent weeks, and their 0 – 1 defeat away to Norwich 2 weeks ago saw them lose valuable ground on that much coveted 4th league position, now occupied by Manchester City, but with 2 games in hand City can go level with Chelsea if they win both.
It’s a real scrap now, and with Liverpool, City and Arsenal all out of league action this weekend, Chelsea will want to take advantage of this and increase their lead at the top to 7 points.
Chelsea’s defence marshalled by the ever green John Terry, will have their hands full with the physical presence of Emmanuel Adebayor, Spurs’ target man. But out wide Spurs have not imposed themselves on their opposition, and the central midfield has at times looked half asleep. If this happens against a Chelsea team who have a vast array of midfield weapons, and where the majority of their goals are being created and scored, then I can’t see any other result other than Chelsea winning and going 7 points clear at the top of the table.
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George Dearnaley is a former Bafana player, supports AmaZulu & Manchester United and loves talking football – follow him @zulushark