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Spurs break Chelsea hoodoo

Tottenham Hotspurs beat Chelsea for the first time in the English Premier League early this morning. To me this was the most outstanding result together with wins for Watford and Sheffied United who beat Middlesborough and Newcastle respectively.

Spurs last beat Chelsea in the league in the old First Division in 1990 when Gary Lineker scored and that was at Stamford Bridge but the last home win over Chelsea was in 1987.

So for my Challenge Lawro predictions I had no problems giving Chelsea a win and coupled with Spurs having played in the UEFA Cup during the week I thought they wouldn’t be able to break the hoodoo.

Spurs have improved very much under Martin Jol and are now able to at least stand up to the big four of Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and high flying Manchester United and they are cruising well in the UEFA Cup. To me they still seem to have problems with the 'smaller' teams like the draw last week against Watford.

Chelsea on the other hand are not playing like the Chelsea of last season and may have to up their game if they are to come with anything from Old Trafford later this month. That match is critical because assuming both teams win their matches till then, them a win for Man U would open a formidable six point gap. But somehow Chelsea are able to rejuvenate themselves and I can see them coming back strongly with the squad that they have and they better do.

Elsewhere, Arsenal fired yet more blanks as they lost to Tevez and Mascherano-less West Ham. West Ham have won their last two matches and they have done so without the two Argentineans but relying more on in-form Teddy Sheringham. That seems to be a working formula for them and maybe worth keeping to continue the climb up the ladder.

Good to see both Watford and Sheffield win and more importantly for Sheffield it was an away win and that became only their second win of the season. Newcastle could be heading for a relegation battle if their form doesn't change soon but they have a good squad which if it clicks they should see off most teams easily.

But all in all the weekend belonged to Spurs!

I am just relieved to see my team beat the Blues at last. I cannot say we are a finished article yet but for now I must celebrate.

Yes, Alex, it’s good to see that finally your team managed to beat Chelsea. But the problem is they beat Chelsea one week and then lose 3-1 to Reading the following week.
I hope that it doesn't end up like the case of Middlesbrough last season who beat all of Arsenal, Chelsea, Man U and Liverpool at the Riverside but then couldn't beat the supposedly smaller teams.

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