Spurs v Chelsea has always had a reputation as a feisty encounter, last season’s meeting in May brought the rivalry to a new level. Tottenham still harboured hopes of winning the league at that stage so tensions were running higher than usual.
That particular meeting ended with 12 yellow cards, two mass brawls and a party in Jamie Vardy’s house.
Ahead of the latest installment of this spirited rivalry, we’ve jumped into the Premier League record books to see where Tottenham v Chelsea ranks among the Premier League’s dirtiest derbies.
Tottenham v Chelsea – 3.96 bookings per game
Wednesday’s game will be the fiftieth meeting of the two sides, the previous 49 have seen 194 bookings, Spurs obtained the record for most bookings in one game against Chelsea last May.
Liverpool v Everton – 4.43 bookings per game
The Merseyside derby holds the record for the ‘dirtiest derby’ despite having the same average number of bookings per game as the north London derby. This is due to the fact that this fixture has seen a whopping 21 red cards in its history.
Arsenal v Tottenham – 4.43 bookings per game
The north London derby has always been a tasty affair with 217 bookings dished out in the history of the fixture in the Premier League.
Man United v Arsenal – 4.3 bookings per game
There have been some extremely fiery installments of this fixture down the years, including Keane v Vieira in the tunnel and Van Nistelrooy missed penalty brawl to name a few. Both sides have picked up over 100 yellow cards in the history of this fixture.
Man United v Man City – 4.05 bookings per game
The Manchester derby just shades Tottenham v Chelsea when it comes to bookings per game. The Manchester derby has gotten more competitive in recent years leading to more bookings.