By Brian Sears
20 April 2012
Chelsea thrashed Tottenham in the FA Cup last Sunday and showed no ill effects of that 6pm kick-off when they subsequently shocked Barcelona 1-0 in midweek – but they have yet to win a single Premier League game this season against another London team.
As our inter-London tables (below) show, Chelsea were top of the inter-London table last season but are currently bottom in 2011-12, having played six, won none, drawn four and lost two.
This weekend gives them their latest chance to get a first capital win of 2011-12 but their hosts, Arsenal, will be equally motivated as they look to consolidate third spot in the Premier League this season.
Before this weekend’s games, 16 of this season’s 20 London derbies have been played and Fulham have the most points from these encounters, with wins already over Arsenal and QPR (twice), plus three draws.
In all of the previous three seasons combined, Fulham managed a total of three -inter London wins. This weekend the Cottagers take on Wigan by the Thames as the other four London clubs are involved in derby games.
Arsenal complete their London programme at home to Chelsea. Chelsea are still without a derby win this season – last season they won five out of the eight – and languish at the foot of the London league.
QPR take on Tottenham in a vital game for both clubs: QPR want to escape relegation and Spurs want to claim a top-four finish.
Two matches will then complete the London derbies: Chelsea host QPR in a week’s time and Tottenham receive Fulham at White Hart Lane on the final day of the season.