Draw leaves Spurs with work to do

Posted by Paul Carr, ESPN Stats & Information

Chelsea and Tottenham drew 2-2 at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, leaving the Champions League race nearly unchanged with two games remaining. Here are five notes on the tie:

* Oscar opened the scoring in the 11th minute with Chelsea's 16th headed goal of the season, most in the Premier League. Emmanuel Adebayor tied the game a quarter hour later with a looping goal from 29 yards on the break. Adebayor now has 24 league and European goals since joining Tottenham last season, and that was his first from outside the penalty box. Ramires gave Chelsea the lead before halftime, but Icelandic substitute Gylfi Sigurdsson leveled the score for good in the 80th minute with his third goal in six games.

* Player of the Year Gareth Bale was quiet for much of the game, finishing with 50 touches, his 20th-most in 31 league matches this season. He had only one shot through 80 minutes before shooting three times in the final nine minutes.

* Chelsea is now unbeaten (15-0-8) in 23 straight home league games against Tottenham, last losing in February 1990, when Gary Lineker had a last-minute winner for Spurs. Tottenham finished third that season, two spots ahead of Chelsea.

* Chelsea and Arsenal control their own destiny, as each could lock up a top-four spot by winning both remaining games. Arsenal seeks its 16th straight season in the Champions League group stage, which is the third-longest active streak (Manchester United 18, Real Madrid 17). Chelsea currently has the fourth-longest active streak at 10 straight seasons.

* ESPN’s Soccer Power Index sees Chelsea as a virtual lock to finish in the top four at 95.0 percent. With a one-point advantage and a massive edge in goal difference on Tottenham, Arsenal has a 79.7 percent chance at the top four, theoretically aided by remaining games against relegation-threatened Wigan and Newcastle. Tottenham holds 25.3 percent odds, likely needing to beat Stoke City and Sunderland and get help to reach Champions League for the second time.

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