Tottenham will arrive at Stamford Bridge on Monday night as 8/5 favourites to record their first away win over Chelsea in more than 26 years.
Guus Hiddink’s side have lost four of their last seven matches in all competitions, doing little to inspire confidence that the lengthy spell of dominance will be elongated further.
Yet, despite their own season long since having become meaningless, letting that proud record slip away is a prospect that the Blues players are not taking lightly.
‘None of us want to be part of the team that lose the record and we are really concentrating on making sure we keep the run going,’ Pedro told the Evening Standard earlier this week.
Luckily for the west London outfit, 33/20 for three points, the absence of the Lilywhites’ young midfielder Dele Alli through suspension should make avoiding the unthinkable distinctly easier.
The teenage titan and England Euro 2016 squad shoo-in will miss the last three games of the season, having been caught on camera punching West Bromwich Albion’s Craig Dawson last Monday.
Such has been Alli’s impact, that being without him is little short of a hammer blow for Chelsea’s guests.
Tottenham have failed to win all bar four of the 14 games they have started without the youngster this season (29%), with Colchester accounting for one of those successes.
Conversely, the laurels have gone their way in 22 of the 36 matches in which he has made the XI this term (61%), during which time Mauricio Pochettino’s men have lost a mere four fixtures (11%).
The missing midfielder has also been the chief supply line to 24-goal hitman Harry Kane, already established as a Blues nemesis after striking twice against them in 2014/15, this term too.
Alli has assisted no fewer than seven of his England colleague’s strikes.
Coincidentally, he was also absent when the Blues held Tottenham 0-0 on home turf back in November.