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 Tottenham vs Chelsea.


Chelsea host Tottenham today in what is officialy the most one sided game in premiership history. Chelsea have lost only once to Tottenham in the league in the Premiership era.
Hopefully Tottenham can change that today.
I’ve never done live blogging before, but I thought I’d give it a bit of a go. If it all goes wrong- please excuse me. If it all goes right and Tottenham win- the party’s at mine tonight!

TEAMS- CHELSEA: Cech, Bosingwa, Carvalho, Terry, Cole, Deco, Essien, Belletti, Lampard, Cole, Anelka                   Subs: Cudicini, Alex, Ferreira, …

  With less than 36 hours until the end of the current transfer window, Tony Pulis will doubtless be looking to add several new faces, and maybe the odd familiar one, to his squad. Many players in various positions have been linked with a move to Stoke in the press this morning, so a lowdown on them seems appropriate.
Age: 25   
Position: Winger   
Current Club: Liverpool   
Former Clubs: Notts County, Arsenal, Watford, Leeds, Birmingham.
Nationality: English
Stoke are reported to have bid £4 million for the player. New development: Benitez has told Pennant either to …

Another week, another shed loads of gossip. The rumour mill went into overdrive this week with the transfer window shutting tomorrow night. I’ll list the week’s best gossip here, and then keep you updated with all Tottenham transfer news ( and the biggest premier league moves ) via live blogging tomorrow night if I can. But in the meantime- here’s this week’s gossip.
NOTE- I’m not going to include all the Pavlyuchenko gossip that was floating about earlier this week as we signed him yesterday.

Manager Mark Stimson made two changes from last week’s side that won against Darlington. For the visit of Accrington Stanley, new loan signing Charlie Daniels made his debut on the left side of midfield, meaning Dennis Oli had to go on the right, replacing Tyrone Berry.
Gillingham had the better of the opening exchanges and had a great chance on 9 minutes. Mark McCammon rose above Accrington’s defence and hit a good header on goal, but keeper Kenny Arthur was on hand to save it off the line.
The Gills …

  A brave Stoke side eventually lost 2-1 to Middlesbrough, after playing over an hour with ten men, following Amdy Faye’s sending off.
  Tony Pulis’ starting line-up was the same as the one for Stoke’s 3-2 win over Aston Villa last Saturday, despite Pulis making ten changes for Stoke’s Carling Cup victory in midweek. Ryan Shawcross was due to start on the bench but dropped out after sustaining an injury in the warm-up, resulting in a late call up for Lewis Buxton.
  The Potters made the better start, with Liam Lawrence …

After the 5-0 humiliation against Wigan,Tiger fans are fearing the worst for the rest of the Premier league campaign.
Many had predicted the Tigers to go down without a fight, todays result would back-up that theory after Phil Browns men ended there 2 game unbeaten run in the Premier League.
If this game is the story of there Premier league campaign, Pundits, Fans and Players will wonder were Tigers next point will come from.
But maybe today was just simply a bad day at the office for City, After the defencive heroics from The Tigers last weekend, Hull City will …

  Stoke’s huge striker Jon Parkin has joined Championship club Preston North End on loan with a view to a permanent move.
  The 26 year old only joined Stoke from Hull last June, after impressing on loan towards the end of the 2006/07 season, scoring three times. He found chances in the first team hard to come by last season though, scoring just twice all year. He did though score in City’s midweek Carling Cup win over Cheltenham.
  The future fee is rumoured to be of around £500,000

  Stoke will host Championship Reading in the third round of the Carling Cup after the draw was made this lunchtime. The tie with the Berkshire club, from which Stoke have bought Dave Kitson and Ibrihima Sonko this summer, for a total fee of £7.5 million will be played either on Tuesday the 23rd or Wednesday the 24th of September.
  The two clubs have not met since the 2005/2006 season, when Reading stormed to the Championship title, beating Stoke 3-1 at the Madjeski Stadium and 1-0 at the Britannia.

Tottenham have today completed the signing of Russian international striker Roman Pavlyuchenko, signing the player from Russian club Spartak Moscow.
The striker joins after months of speculation regarding his future and signed a contract with Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday morning. The Russian has moved to London despite earlier expressing fears over moving his family to England.

Pavlyuchenko spoke to a Russian newspaper yesterday about earlier saying he didn’t want to move;
“The only thing that has kept me from moving is my family.” Pavlyuchenko told the paper. “It was difficult for me to imagine how my wife …

After Tottenham’s opening two matches of the season left a lot to be desired; Juande Ramos now turns his attention to the first big London derby of the season, with Tottenham travelling to Stamford Bridge, a ground where no away team has won a League match since February 2004. Meanwhile, Dimitar Berbatov still hasn’t secured his move to Old Trafford, and Juande Ramos is as of yet undecided about whether he will include the Bulgarian in the squad for Sunday’s match.
Roman Pavlyuchenko is in London finalising the deal which will …