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Chelsea v Portsmouth

Stamford Bridge
Saturday, 22 January
Kick-off: 1500 GMT


# CHELSEA welcome Portsmouth determined to maintain their 100% Premiership record against them, with a seventh successive victory this season. It's their longest winning run in the top flight for more than 38 years and one more victory would equal the club's longest such streak in top division football, achieved in 1922. Seven victories on the bounce would leave the Blues one short of their all-time club League record of eight, accomplished in their last promotion season of 1988/89 when champions of the old Second Division. The club to have registered the longest winning streak of the season in the Premiership has run away with the title in nine of the 12 previous seasons in which the League has been in existence. With 15 games to play, Chelsea lead the table by 10 points. The record Premiership-winning margin in 18 points by Manchester United in the 1999/2000 season. On every occasion, bar one, the side with such a big lead at this stage has gone on to lift the Premier League trophy. The exception was Newcastle in 1995/96. They had a 12 point advantage over Liverpool and the Red Devils after 23 games, and lost the title to United by four points.

# Jose Mourinho will also be wanting to celebrate his 201st day in charge at Stamford Bridge, by seeing his side extend the club top flight record of six successive clean sheets, set last Saturday with the 0-2 eclipse of Tottenham. The Blues know that with Arsenal not playing until Sunday, they will end Saturday at least ten points ahead at the summit and could be at much as 13 in front. They've not dropped a point, since being held by the Gunners to a 2-2 draw at Highbury on 12 December and have only lost once in the League this season (1-0 at Manchester City on 16 October).

# Frank Lampard inspired the Blues to an impressive second half display against Portsmouth in last season's corresponding fixture which resulted in a 3-0 win. The Londoners then went on do the 'double' over Pompey for the fourth time since they first engaged in League combat in 1924. Their previous 'double' was in the 1962/63 season when the Londoners won 7-0 at the Bridge. Chelsea have scored seven times in the Premiership against Portsmouth, and all seven goals in the three games have been by different scorers.

# PORTSMOUTH go to the Bridge for their 50th engagement with Chelsea in top flight football, in search of a first League win on the west London ground in 50 years. Should they achieve it, the head-the-head in top division duels between the pair would be 18 wins each.

# Under Velimir Zajec, Pompey have won only three of 10 Premiership games, and one of five since he took permanent charge as manager. They are four points better off than they were at this identical stage last season, but five places and 11 points above the danger line with the 0-1 triumph at Crystal Palace on Boxing Day, their only maximum in eight League outings since the first week of December. But Pompey fans will take heart from the fact that they have already claimed the scalps of Manchester United and Tottenham this season, albeit on home soil.

# Chelsea's Dutch winger Arjen Robben broke Portsmouth hearts with a late strike to complete a 0-2 victory in last month's fixture at Fratton Park. Portsmouth's last maximum on Chelsea turf was 1-5 in the top flight on 3 September 1955 - the only season so far that Chelsea have been crowned champions of England.

Mike Riley (Leeds)


1st 58 points
Highest achievable after the Saturday's matches: 1st
Lowest could fall: 1st

# Won the last six Premiership matches against Norwich (h), Aston Villa (h), Portsmouth (a), Liverpool (a), Middlesbrough (h) and Tottenham (a).
# Claimed 38 points from a last possible 42.
# Unbeaten in 14 top flight engagements, having won 12 and drawn two since the solitary 1-0 loss to Manchester City at the City of Manchester Stadium on 16 October.
# Winning most Premiership team this season (18 matches).
# Posted the fewest number of top division draws - four (equal with Liverpool, Charlton and Fulham).
# Lost fewest games in the top tier (one).
# Dropped the least number of top flight points (11).
# Second only to Arsenal in the goal scoring stakes. Chelsea have netted 45 times in the Premiership, the Gunners 52.
# Conceded just eight times in the highest League, that's an average of one every 259 minutes (four hours 19 minutes).
# Kept more clean sheets than any other club (17). Won 15 and drawn two of the 17.
# Failed to score in three Premiership matches. Only Arsenal have fired blanks less often (twice).
# Scored first in 18 matches at the highest level - more than any other club. Of those 18, 17 were won and one drawn.
# Conceded the opening goal only three times of their 23 League games - fewer than any other Premiership club. Of those three, one match was won, one drawn and one lost.
# Need one more goal to total 750 all-time in the Premier League. They are the fourth highest scorers since this League started in 1992 behind Manchester United (961), Arsenal (808) and Liverpool (795).
# Scored 10 times in the last 15 minutes of Premiership games this season - only Manchester United can equal that.
# Conceded only once in the last quarter-hour of top division games this term. Only Aston Villa can identify with that.
# Enjoying their best ever season in Premier League history. In their previous best, last season, 49 points were bagged after the first 23 games and 52 after the first 24 matches.

# Strongest club in home top flight matches, with 29 points from 11 outings from nine wins and two draws.
# Challenging for a fifth successive home League win.
# Only three clubs are still unbeaten at home in the uppermost League level. Arsenal and Manchester United are the others.
# Won more home top flight games than any other club (nine). Everton and Liverpool are the next nearest, with eight wins each.
# Conceded least goals in home top division matches (three).
# Kept more clean sheets in home Premiership matches than any other club (nine).

13th 27 points
Highest achievable after the Saturday's matches: 11th
Lowest could fall: 15th

# Lost the last two League games (2-1 away to Everton, and 1-0, home to Blackburn).
# Won all four Premiership games when clean sheets have been kept.
# Lost all six top division encounters in which failed to score.
# Come from behind nine times in top grade soccer. No clubs have managed that more often than Blackburn and Crystal Palace, who also got back on level terms nine times.
# Gone in all square at half time on 15 occasions in top League games. Only Everton can beat that, turning round level on 18 occasions.


# Alexei SMERTIN was on loan at Portsmouth last season.
# If he participates, Alexei ROBBEN will be playing on the eve of his 21st birthday.
# Damien DUFF needs one to total 50 club career goals.
# Eidur GUDJOHNSEN is a hat trick short of 50 Premiership goals - all for Chelsea.
# If he plays, Glen JOHNSON will be making his 50th career League appearance.
# If on the field from the kick off, William GALLAS will be making his 150th start for Chelsea.
# When next he appears in a Premiership game, Scott PARKER will be making his 150th career League appearance.

# If he runs out for the opening whistle, Arjan DE ZEEUW will be making his 100th start for Portsmouth.
# If on the field from the outset, Linvoy PRIMUS will be making his 350th career League start.

Chelsea 3-0 Portsmouth
28 December 2003 - Ref: Graham Barber
Chelsea scorers: Bridge 65, Lampard 73, Geremi 82

Portsmouth 0-2 Chelsea
28 December 2004 - Ref: Alan Wiley
Chelsea scorers: Robben 79, Cole 90

League: Chelsea 23 wins, Portsmouth 19, Draws 21
Prem: Chelsea 3 wins, Portsmouth 0, Draws 0

HEAD TO HEAD at Chelsea
League: Chelsea 13 wins, Portsmouth 6, Draws 12
Prem: Chelsea 1 win, Portsmouth 0, Draws 0

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Can there be any other outcome than a Chelsea win?

Not for me.

3-0 Chelsea.
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