North London New Year Derby
The New Year is swiftly upon us and the grueling winter schedule in the Barclays Premier League is about to finally subside. The critics of the English Premier League stress on how pivotal these four games are, especially since they are played in less than two weeks time. The start of 2015 will see Chelsea FC travel to the other side of London for the much-coveted North London Derby with Tottenham Hotspurs. Tottenham will be looking to start their 2015 with a win against their London rivals after their dreadful display earlier this campaign against the Blues on the third of December.
The football public this campaign will be graced with the viewing of two North London Derbies in less than a month. The first occasion Tottenham traveled to Stamford Bridge and were easily defeated by the blues. The defeat the Hotspurs exhibited against Chelsea on the third of December was typical Tottenham, self-implosion. In the point of view of the blues on this match on December third was that of being clinical.
The previous encounter saw Jose Mourinho and Chelsea victorious 3-0 and since said occasion Tottenham have been on a small run of form. Tottenham Hotspurs going into 2015 have won five out of the last six games played. The most recent match was a draw to Manchester United at home at White Hart Lane in London. Pochettino’s side traveled to Swansea on the 14th of December and defeated the Swans in Wales 2-1. Tottenham have gone to defeat Newcastle United 4-0 in the Capital One Cup, Burnley 2-1 at home and Leicester City 2-1 away also. Spurs will need all the luck possible in this match as Chelsea look also to begin 2015 on a high note.
Jose Mourinho’s side will be aiming to kick off the New Year with a win over a major rival in metropolitan London. The timing of a win would be perfect to end the winter stress test that is at the end of December. Chelsea will be going into this match reeling from their 1-1 draw to Southampton on the weekend. Although many critics have put Chelsea forward Diego Costa in their crosshairs, Costa has found the back of the net in Chelsea’s 2-0 win against West Ham. Compared to Costa’s time back at Atletico Madrid, Diego would occasionally slip into slumps but the Colchoneros were able to still score by way of their midfield and defenders much like Jose Mourinho's current Chelsea side.
This New Year the football viewers should enjoy a final showdown between Tottenham and Chelsea. The Spurs need these three points to help propel them into a top four spot. The home support will definitely be a site to enjoy, as the Tottenham faithful will be behind their side. Chelsea on the other hand also need the three points to help extend their lead on the summit of the Premier League. The three points will also place pressure onto the other sides trying to win the title this year, Manchester City.
Each team has a different set of goals for their English Premier League campaign but on this New Year day they will have the same goal, victory.