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Where Chelsea-Spurs will be won
Jose Mourinho (left) and Martin Jol
Mourinho (left) and Jol go head to head at Stamford Bridge on Sunday
FA Cup quarter-final
Date: Sunday 11 March
Kick off: 1245 GMT
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Coverage on BBC Radio Five Live and the BBC Sport website

Chelsea may have history on their side when they face London rivals Tottenham for a place in the semi-finals of the FA Cup on Sunday but Spurs feel the time is right to end their Stamford Bridge hoodoo.

Amazingly, the Blues have not lost at home to Spurs since 1990 and have only been beaten once at Stamford Bridge in 80 matches under manager Jose Mourinho.

The Blues are still battling on four fronts but Spurs have plenty of reason for optimism, having beaten Chelsea at White Hart Lane earlier this season.

And with five straight wins in all competitions, including three four-goal hauls, confidence is flowing in the white half of north London.

We spoke to fans from both clubs via our 606 website to find out where the game will be won and lost.

And we also spoke to former Chelsea striker Gavin Peacock for his view.

Chelsea
WHY BLUES CANNOT LOSE

HOME RECORD

Chelsea have a remarkable home record under Jose Mourinho, losing just two games in 80 matches - although the manager himself would claim that is only one.

CHELSEA'S LAST FIVE HOME DEFEATS
Chelsea 1-2 Barcelona
Champs League 22 Feb 2006
Chelsea 1-2 Arsenal
Premier League 21 Feb 2004
Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool
Premier League 7 Jan 2004
Chelsea 1-2 Bolton
Premier League 13 Dec 2003
Chelsea 1-3 Arsenal
FA Cup 25 March 2003

That was only a 2-1 narrow reverse against the future European Champions Barcelona despite playing with 10 men for nearly an hour.

The only other home reverse came against Charlton in the League Cup a couple of seasons back - but as Mourinho pointed out that was a draw and Chelsea's exit was down to a penalty shoot-out failure.

Peacock told BBC Sport: "Chelsea haven't lost for a hell of a long time at home and that breeds confidence among players.

"Every Chelsea player expects to go out and win at Stamford Bridge and that is a powerful thing."

INCONSISTENT SPURS, CONSISTENT DROGBA

Didier Drogba

Chelsea have missed the presence of John Terry but Tottenham have suffered this season without their own key England defender Ledley King.

The north Londoners have only managed five clean sheets in the Premiership this season and 29-goal striker Didier Drogba could well be the man to take advantage.

Peacock told BBC Sport: "Drogba is the reason Chelsea are still competing on all four fronts. He has pulled them through this season and continues to come up with vital goals.

"You get the feeling that if anything were to happen to him, Chelsea's season might be over."

Footy_analysis writes: "On their day, Spurs are a match for anyone. The trouble is, they aren't having too many of those days. It just all depends on which Spurs team turn up, it's been such an inconsistent season for them.

"Chelsea are consistently winning without necessarily playing well thanks to Didier Drogba. If he stays fit, then you fancy Chelsea to beat anyone with the form he's in, no matter how well they play. But without him I don't think they've got much of a goal threat."

And many Spurs fans believe their team's chances rest with their central defensive pairing.

JTP says: "Close attention needs to be paid to Drogba - he can be lethal." Eggzoomin adds: "Dawson vs Drogba will be a big deal, but hope we don't overcommit there and neglect Sheva - misfiring he might be, but he's still a class act."

Mircovich adds: "I think Dawson should mark Drogba as much as possible and have Rocha on Shevchenko. I can't see Gardner having a role here."

PETR CECH

Petr Cech

It's no coincidence that since returning after injury Petr Cech has kept keep eight clean sheets in twelve games for club and country.

John Terry's HT said: "We now have Cech back and and we look a different team to the one leaking goals in December while Paul Robinson hasn't had the best of seasons and has just let in three goals against the hapless Hammers."

"He dominates his area which makes the whole back four really comfortable. You can see a confidence in the team that was missing before. We looked vulnerable at set-pieces without him."

CARLING CUP WIN

Mourinho's men are on a roll. Buoyed by their first trophy of season and desperate to add to their trophy haul. The Blues won the last FA Cup final to be played Wembley in 2000, beating Aston Villa and quite fancy being part of the re-opening celebrations again in May.

The Blues also have two more days to recover from their midweek European exploits.

JFDI writes: "We won the last FA Cup at the old ground and would love to win the first cup at the new ground.

"The League is looking increasingly doubtful and the team will not be happy with the Carling Cup only - the FA Cup is winnable. We got the Champions League game out the way early this week so we have plenty of time to prepare."

CHELSEA'S DOMINANACE OVER SPURS

While Spurs supporters may be sick of their sorry record against their London rivals, Chelsea fans can't get enough of it and are still convinced the defeat against them earlier in the season was a freak result caused at least in part by some dubious refereeing by Graham Poll.

Peacock told BBC Sport: "The likes of Andriy Shevchenko and Michael Ballack would probably not have been aware of Chelsea's record this season, but players like to look at the positives whenever they can.

"It's a psychological thing and there are teams you fancy your chances against. That can give you the vital edge."

John Terry's HT adds: "We can't really blame Poll for the Spurs result as we played better with 10 men. Saying that the disallowed goal would have made it 2-0 and game over. Spurs played well that day and beat us.

"We kind of owe them and we have the bit between our teeth at the moment only one defeat in 25 and that was at Anfield with no central defenders."

Tottenham
WHY SPURS WILL WIN

BELIEF IN BEATING THE BLUES

Having ended their barren spell by beating Chelsea in November, why not double up in the same season? Confidence will be high and the fear factor is gone. Last week's late fightback against West Ham will have lifted spirits even further.

GlastonSpur5 is certainly in confident mood: "We have beaten Chelsea already this season, the pressure is all on them: they are at home and are expected to win whereas a draw will suit us.

"We've won our last four games (three of them away), scoring 14 goals and have potent attacking options in Lennon, Berbatov, Keane and Defoe."

Don Tottenham adds: "We beat them this season already and ended the hoodoo, plus Chelsea are not really playing that well and Spurs have been playing excellent recently."

AARON LENNON

Aaron Lennon

The England man was the undoubted star of Tottenham's win over Chelsea earlier in the season, giving a scintillating performance. His goal secured the points and with Chelsea having problems at right-back he is just the man to take advantage - as Peacock told BBC Sport: "Lennon epitomises what Spurs can do at the moment.

"Against West Ham and Bolton recently, Tottenham have shown they can create and score goals and you always feel they have something in them to do that.

"Lennon is key to that. His pace, trickery and creativity are growing by the match."

CHELSEA'S DEFENSIVE FRAILTIES

Lassana Diarra has impressed at right-back with his athleticism, tenacity and lung-busting runs out of defence. But positionally he has been found wanting on several occasions and Aaron Lennon may switch flanks to expose Diarra's lack of experience in the full-back position.

Michael Essien has arguably been Chelsea's player of the season but could once again be filling at centre-half for John Terry.

Peacock told BBC Sport: "Terry's absence would be a massive blow for them. He is so important to Chelsea - for his leadership as much as anything else.

"Essien has done alright filling in, but he is not a natural defender and Chelsea do not look the same without Terry."

That's something Rabinhoodofloxley feels can be exploited: "The likely absence of John Terry will be massive for Spurs. Their defence is significantly more breachable with Terry absent."

And InterisfromBarcelona says: "It's all about John Terry being fit or not - if he is fit, our only chance of scoring is from set-pieces." GlastonSpur5 adds: "Without him their defence is rocky."

LAW OF AVERAGES

If all else fails isn't it about time Spurs enjoyed an away success at their London rivals? Tottenham fans are tired of the statistics.

TOTTENHAM'S LAST WIN AT STAMFORD BRIDGE
Chelsea 1-2 Spurs (10/02/1990)
Chelsea: Beasant, Clarke, Dorigo, Roberts, Johnsen, Bumstead, McAllister, Nicholas, Dixon, K Wilson, C Wilson
Scorer: Bumstead
Tottenham: Thorstvedt, Hughton, Van den Hauwe, Polston, Howells, Mabbutt, Walsh (Moran), Gascoigne, Nayim, Lineker (Moncur), Sedgley
Scorers: Howells, Lineker
Attendance: 28,130

Seventeen years is a long time ago. Lining up for the victorious men in white that February day in 1990 were the likes of David Howells, Paul Gascoigne and BBC Sport's very own Gary Lineker.

Chelsea included former Spur Graham Roberts, one-time Spurs trainee Kerry Dixon, future Spur Clive Wilson, as well as England international Dave Beasant - whose poor throwout led to Lineker's winner.

DIMITAR BERBATOV

Spurs fans are certain they have at last found the traditional big target man they have craved for so long. His touch, technique and finishing have been first class and he has proved the perfect foil for either Robbie Keane or Jermain Defoe.

Peacock told BBC Sport: "Berbatov has been a real plus for Spurs this season. Against Bolton he gave one of the most complete performances from a centre forward I have ever seen. He's a huge talent."

Spurs 265 reckons: "Definitely Berbatov is the key to winning. If he can hold the ball up and provide some of his magic, Robbie Keane can work off that and pick up the chances." Paxton Road adds: "Berbatov - as long as he gets the service, he will score."

Surely a Tottenham away success at Stamford Bridge is long overdue...

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05 Nov 06 |  Premiership
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17 May 06 |  Tottenham Hotspur
Chelsea 1-2 Barcelona
22 Feb 06 |  Europe
Chelsea 1-2 Arsenal
21 Feb 04 |  Premiership
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10 Mar 02 |  FA Cup


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