FT: Chelsea 2 Tottenham 2

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90+4
Dean blows the full-time whistle and it is honours even at Stamford Bridge.

90+3
Bale whips the free-kick over the wall but straight into Cech's hands. Stamford Bridge breathes again.

90+1
Ramires brings down Bale on the edge of the Chelsea box and is booked after kicking the ball away. Danger here.

90+1
Dempsey warms Cech's hands with a low shot after bursting into the area.

90
Four additional minutes will be played. Still time for a winner.

90
Good interception from Dawson to cut out Mata's ball towards Torres.

89
Another poor free-kick from Huddlestone as he gets it all wrong with men waiting in the box.

88
Good claim from Cech as he plucks Parker's cross out of the air following good work from Adebayor.

87
Bale goes into the book for a late challenge.

87
Ivanovic does well to cut out Assou-Ekotto's ball into the box.

84
The Chelsea fans are not amused as Oscar comes off and Yossi Benayoun joins the fray.

84
Bale, who has been quiet all night, pulls the trigger on a curling shot from distance but fires it over the bar.

83
Cole gets forward and his cross towards Torres at the far post is headed away by Vertonghen.

81
Very well-worked goal from Spurs as Assou-Ekotto finds Adebayor, with his back-heel picking out Sigurdsson to bend his shot around Cech and into the net.

80
GOAL FOR SPURS!!!! SIGURDSSON

80
David Luiz fires the resulting free-kick straight at Lloris.

79
Vertonghen is penalised for bringing down Torres and then booked for kicking the ball away in frustration.

77
Another Huddlestone corner is headed away by David Luiz.

76
Chelsea clear their lines again and Spurs are now running out of time if they are to get back into this game.

75
Dempsey is found by Adebayor but sees his shot deflected behind for a corner.

74
Worst pass of the night from Huddlestone as his attempted hanging cross into the box is woefully over-hit and drifts out.

73
Hazard heads straight down the tunnel, rather than taking his place on the bench. Possibly for treatment on an injury.

73
Change for Chelsea as Hazard makes way for Victor Moses. Huge applause from the Blues fans for the brilliant Belgian.

70
Another change for Spurs, with Clint Dempsey on for Lewis Hotlby.

70
Torres attempts to beat Vertonghen for pace, but only succeeds in running the ball out before sliding into the advertising hoardings.

69
Disappointing cross from Mata after another Chelsea attack as he fails to pick out Torres with the Blues striker well placed and in space.

68
Assou-Ekotto's ball into Holtby finds the Spurs midfielder in a yards of Space in the Chelsea box, but the defenders quickly close around him and the chance is gone.

66
Mata's free-kick is too high for Cahill and Walker does well to block Luiz's attempted cross on the follow-up.

65
Now Hazard is down after being caught by Holtby out to the left of the Spurs area.

64
Much better delivery from Huddlestone goes to the far post with Vertonghen going for an overhead kick with Holtby in a better position behind him to convert.

64
Another cheap free-kick for Spurs in a dangerous area as Assou-Ekotto goes down with Oscar nearby.

63
Spurs make their first change with Sigurdsson coming on for Lennon. Ramires looks OK to continue.

61
Glorious chance for Chelsea to make it 3-1 as a lightning break sees Hazard flick the ball through for Mata. He plays it square to Ramires who loses his footing at the crucial moment and is left prone on the turf.

60
Complete waste from Huddlestone as he drills towards goal from a tight angle and Luiz clears.

59
Bale feeds Walker down the right and he goes to ground under a shoulder-charge from Hazard. Decent position for Spurs wide outside the Chelsea box.

58
Andre Villas-Boas is seeing his side pushed firmly onto the back foot so far. Changes to his team can be expected soon.

56
Great chance for Hazard! Spurs give the ball away and Oscar cuts open the visiting defence to find the Belgian, who leaves Walker on his backside before firing high over the bar.

54
Chelsea are pressing the Tottenham defence and forcing them to concede possession. Azpilicueta's attempted cross drifts dangerously close to Lloris' top corner.

52
Another chance for Torres but Assou-Ekotto gets back well to put him off and deflect the striker's header from Hazard's cross behind.

51
Good skill from Luiz to dig out a cross from a tight position out on the right, but Torres fails to make a clean contact under pressure six yards out.

50
Late challenge by Bale on Azpilicueta, with Dean again electing to keep his cards in his pocket.

50
Huddlestone's attempted ball over the top is too strong and all too easy for Cech to gather.

48
The Blues are equally adept at clearing their lines from Huddlestone's kick.

47
Spurs defend the set-piece well and break through Walker, who forces a corner for his side.

46
Corner for Chelsea as Vertonghen has to head behind.

46
Lennon is in behind the Blues defence, but the flag goes up for offside.

46
We're back for the second half. No changes from either side and Spurs get us under way.

45+3
Referee Dean brings the half to a close. Very entertaining 45 minutes of football, with Chelsea deservedly on top as they have posed many more questions from Spurs.

45+2
Parker attempts a shot from outside the box but it goes way over Cech's bar.

45+1
Two minutes of added time will be played.

45
More pressure and probing from Chelsea ends when Oscar measures a shot from the edge of the box and Lloris drops to his right to save.

44
Slack play from Huddlestone gifts the ball to Torres, but Spurs recover and clear their lines, before Assou-Ekotto has to be alert to cut out a pass aimed for Hazard.

43
Walker bursts clear and finds Adebayor, but he is seen off by Cole. Spurs regain the ball and Walker attempts a shot towards Cech's bottom corner, but fires narrowly wide of the post.

41
Spurs have already proved their resilience by coming from behind once, now they will have to do so again.

39
Good work from Torres out on the right flank to thread a pass through the Spurs defence for Ramires to burst onto and beat Lloris with aplomb.

39
GOAL FOR CHELSEA!!! RAMIRES!!!

38
Ramires is allowed the space and time to let fly from range but his effort goes over Lloris' bar.

37
Adebayor volleys over the top from 12 yards out after being picked out by a superb long-range pass from Vertonghen from inside his own half.

35
Great skill from Bale to burst into the area before his shot is blocked by a sliding Gary Cahill.

34
Mata's corner is fisted away by Lloris with Azpilicueta heading the ball wide as he follows up.

34
Chelsea go back on the attack and Oscar earns a corner after Vertonghen's challenge.

32
Parker is back on his feet and Spurs hurl the ball back to Cech.

31
Scott Parker, who appears to be wearing pink boots, is down and Chelsea knock the ball out of play.

31
David Luiz curls a cross into the Spurs box with the intention of finding Torres, but Lloris is able to gather with ease.

29
What a finish that was from Adebayor. Cech could do nothing and simply watched it go over his head and into the net. The home defence backed off and gave the striker too much space, but it was an awesome effort.

26
Adebayor, who has not done a great deal so far tonight, picks up the ball in his own half, advances into the Chelsea half and, with the Blues defence retreating, picks out the top corner of Cech's net with a superb finish.

26
GOAL FOR SPURS!!! ADEBAYOR!!!!

25
Brave defending from Dawson as he takes a stinging shot from Hazard flush on his forehead, with the Spurs skipper swiftly to his feet.

24
Bale has switched into a more central role, now Spurs need to get him more of the ball.

22
David Luiz tries his luck with a long-range free-kick, but succeeds only in firing it straight into the Spurs wall.

21
Bales has been pretty isolated so far out on the left flank and is struggling to get into the game.

20
Superb tracking back and challenge from Hazard on Holtby as he tackles the Spurs midfielder on the edge of the Chelsea box.

19
Tottenham's defence is being stretched by the movement of Chelsea's fluid attacks and they are rarely threatening the Blues at present.

17
From the free-kick, Spurs are at sixes and sevens in defence as Azpilicueta's low cross is fired over the top by Mata from inside the box.

16
Dawson slides in on Torres late to give away a free-kick and is perhaps fortunate not to be booked.

15
Decent low shot from distance by Lewis Holtby after turning away from Ramires goes narrowly wide of the post, although Cech had that one covered.

13
Spurs look for an instant response, but Adebayor's attempted one-two with Lennon breaks down when Cole intercepts in the Chelsea box.

11
Mata's corner is met by Gary Cahill in the middle of the box and his glancing header towards the far post is nodded home by Oscar from point blank range.

11
GOAL FOR CHELSEA!!!!

10
Mata's free-kick is met by Ivanovic but his header deflects behind for a corner.

9
Huddlestone is penalised for body-checking Hazard as he attempts a one-two with Mata.

8
Huddlestone hits a shot from outside the box after being found by Adebayor, but his effort lacks pace and conviction and is all too easy for Cech.

7
Shot from Mata on the turn after being set up by Torres whistles narrowly over Lloris' bar.

7
Swift break from Chelsea and David Luiz attempts an ambitious ball over the top towards Torres, but he puts too much on the pass and Lloris is out to gather.

6
Parker picks out Bale on the left, but he is well marshalled towards the corner flag by Azpilicueta.

4
Vertonghen bursts forward as he plays a one-two with Assou-Ekotto, but the full-back's return ball is too strong.

4
Torres is penalised as he looks to turn away from Vertonghen.

2
Long ball forward out of defence picks out Mata but the flag goes up for offside. Assou-Ekotto was slightly fortunate there, with replays suggesting he was playing the Blues man on.

1
David Luiz, playing in midfield tonight, plays a long ball forward, with Walker losing out to Cole before his cross is hacked away by Assou-Ekotto with Mata and Hazard lurking.

1
Chelsea get the game under way. Big 90 minutes ahead.

Fernando Torres is playing without his protective face-mask tonight. Hopefully it won't have an impact on his form in front of goal....

Chelsea and Tottenham file out onto the Stamford Bridge surface with the Blues fans in good voice to welcome their side. Time for the pre-match formalities.

The two teams are in the tunnel and ready to make their way out onto the field.

Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto, Parker, Huddlestone, Lennon, Bale, Holtby, Adebayor. Subs: Friedel, Dempsey, Naughton, Defoe, Sigurdsson, Caulker, Carroll.

Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Cole, Ramires, Luiz, Oscar, Mata, Hazard, Torres. Subs: Turnbull, Lampard, Moses, Terry, Ba, Benayoun, Ake.

Here's a quick reminder of the teams, if you missed them earlier.

Thanks for all your comments tonight and apologies to those of you whose words of wisdom I didn't have time to publish. With kick-off now rapidly approaching, it's time to focus on the serious business of tonight's game.

There's no bias at all as Arsenal fan Jim Dunker writes: "Watching commentary from not-currently-sunny-yet-still-beautiful San Diego, California. As a Gooner, don't care if Sczcesny called out Spurs, and contrary to AVB's comments, he called them out as an Arsenal fan & keeper. I'd like to see an unentertaining draw followed by the ghastly realisation that neither team can motivate themselves and in the end, just lay down quietly for a two-week nap. Again, that is with all bias set aside."

Mark in Southern California says: "I am disappointed to see that Ade starts instead of Defoe - a real blow to be without Dembele - I am glad Dimpsey didn't make it - this is a real struggle for us. Let's just hope Ade finds some sort of form and that Bale and Lennon turn it on. I see a tense 1-1 looming which is not what I want."

Cheshire Kat says: "Chelsea will dominate 1st half then Spurs will fire up the 2nd half, 2-1 Spurs :)"

Slight concern for Chelsea in the warm-up as David Luiz winces in pain and pulls up during a drill. The Brazilian, who will be alongside Ramires in the holding midfield role, is able to continue after a brief break.

Ty Young writes: "Stayed up all night, extremely nervous here in New Zealand! Come on Spurs let me go to bed this morning happy!"

Tonight's referee is Mike Dean.

Alan Sams writes: "Massive game but say what you like keep Bale quiet and Spurs are way less effective, his goals account for about a third of their points, we've more strength all over the pitch and it's going to take a poor performance to lose this one."

Joshua Edwards says: "Watching while at work in the USA, could be a very big day for us Spurs fans. History might not run in our favour, but staying positive and going with a 2-1 win today, Bale and Vertonghen to pop up with one. COYS."

Arsenal fan Joe Harbert, who is unlikely to be the only Gunners fan with a keen interest in tonight's match, writes: "Being an Arsenal fan inside out, I'm hoping for a Chelsea win tonight. Think it will be 3-1 with Torres on the scoresheet."

Jason Kane says: "Come on you Spurs, let's show that very, very, very, average goalkeeper Szczesny that we have the class for the Champions Leauge. COYS!!!"

Funny you should mention the odds, David (that was seamless, wasn't it?) as our friends at Sky Bet have a host of markets available on tonight's game. Chelsea are currently 5/6 to win tonight, Tottenham are on offer at 100/30 and the draw is available at 11/4.

David Newman says: "Watching live in Israel. Odds are on the home team but I reckon we could sneak a 1-0 away win. Huddlestone to get the goal which will enable him to have his hair cut."

Tottenham fan Scott Hawkins says: "Spurs really need a win today, so going to be optimistic and hope we take three points. 1-2 Tottenham. Bale x2 and Oscar. COYS!"

Chelsea fan Luke Burgess writes: "I can see a cracker coming up! 3-2 to to Chelsea! Mata, Torres and David Luiz! Bale to get a brace for Spurs. COYB!!!"

A nervous Steph, from Monchengladbach, Germany, writes: "Massive game. As a Chelsea fan a win would be terrific. A draw no disaster. A defeat would throw it wide open with Arsenal in the best position. I am tipping 2-1 to the the Chelsea. Hazard and Lampard."

Tottenham subs: Friedel, Caulker, Naughton, Carroll, Dempsey, Sigurdsson, Defoe.

Chelsea subs: Turnbull, Terry, Lampard, Ake, Moses, Benayoun, Ba.

Tottenham starting XI: Lloris; Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto; Lennon, Huddlestone, Parker, Holtby; Adebayor, Bale.

Chelsea starting XI: Cech; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Cole; Ramires, David Luiz; Oscar, Mata, Hazard; Torres.

Opta stat No.4: Bale has scored in each of his last four Premier League appearances, and has netted 11 in his last 11.

Opta stat No.3: No player has scored more goals away from home this season in the Premier League than Gareth Bale (13).

Opta stat No.2: Chelsea have won each of their last six home games in the Premier League.

Opta stat No.1: Tottenham have never won a Premier League match at Stamford Bridge in 20 visits.

Here's a few stats from our friends at Opta as we await the team news.

If you want to have your say on tonight's clash then drop me a line to rob.parrish@bskyb.com or via Twitter @skysportsrobp and I'll publish a selection of the best prior to kick-off.

There is the added intrigue of Andre Villas-Boas returning to his former club, while PFA and FWA player of the year Gareth Bale has been earmarked as the danger-man by the Chelsea players and staff.

However, success for Spurs - a rarity at Stamford Bridge - would see them move above Arsenal and into fourth and level on points with Chelsea ahead of the final two games of the season.

Victory for Chelsea tonight would effectively seal a top-four finish for the Blues, as they would then hold a six-point lead over Spurs with a significantly more healthy goal difference.

A certain Sir Alex Ferguson of Manchester United has rather dominated the headlines today, but supporters of these two London rivals know the importance of tonight's fixture.

Good evening and welcome to our live and interactive text commentary on tonight's crucial Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge.

Kick-off is at 1945 GMT.

Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 16 August 2014
12:45
Man Utd v Swansea  
15:00
Leicester v Everton  
QPR v Hull City  
Stoke City v A Villa  
West Brom v Sunderland  
West Ham v Tottenham  
17:30
Arsenal v C Palace  
Sunday, 17 August 2014
13:30
Liverpool v Southampton  
16:00
Newcastle v Man City  
Monday, 18 August 2014
20:00
Burnley v Chelsea  
Saturday, 23 August 2014
12:45
A Villa v Newcastle  
15:00
Chelsea v Leicester  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Arsenal 0 0 0
2 A Villa 0 0 0
3 Burnley 0 0 0
4 Chelsea 0 0 0
5 C Palace 0 0 0
6 Everton 0 0 0
7 Hull City 0 0 0
8 Leicester 0 0 0
9 Liverpool 0 0 0
10 Man City 0 0 0
11 Man Utd 0 0 0
12 Newcastle 0 0 0
13 QPR 0 0 0
14 Southampton 0 0 0
15 Stoke City 0 0 0
16 Sunderland 0 0 0
17 Swansea 0 0 0
18 Tottenham 0 0 0
19 West Brom 0 0 0
20 West Ham 0 0 0

Updated Fri, 25 Jul 2014

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