Chelsea V Tottenham Hotspur
Saturday 22nd April 2017
18:15 Kick Off Live on BBC 1
Chelsea have met spurs on no fewer than 157 previous occasions dating back to 1909. Of those 157 games it is Chelsea who have the most wins with 66 victories, Spurs have won 51 and they have drawn 40 times.
They have already met twice this season and they both have a victory each, last time was a Spurs 2-0 win at the start of this year. Dele Alli grabbed a goal right before half time then grabbed his 2nd shortly after the restart to secure the win.
Chelsea have been in pretty good form of late winning 4 and losing 2 of their last 6 games. They did suffer a big loss last time out away at Old Trafford when Man Utd won 2-0 very comfortably.
Spurs have been in fantastic form of late winning all of their last 6 games including last time out when they hammered Bournemouth 4-0 at White Hart Lane.
I believe both sides will see this semi final as a welcome distraction from the battle for the Premier League title as they both sit 1st and 2nd in the table and just 4 points separate them with just 6 games left to play.
” I think there is one favourite and it’s Chelsea because they are top of the league, because of the experienced players and the manager they have. We are talking about one of the best teams in Europe” Pochettino
Chelsea only have one real injury concern and that is centre back Gary Cahill who is being treated for gastroenteritis. They can expect a return from keeper Thibaut Courtois and Marcos Alonso.
Spurs major loss is Danny Rose who is back in training but this game will be to soon in his recuperation, Hugo Lloris is expected to start in goal as Michael Vorm has a knee problem.
Both managers used their respective news conferences to try and shed the favourites tag:
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte said ” Tottenham now is a really great power in English football. There is a moment you have to finish considering yourself as the underdog and I think this is the right moment”.
Spurs boss Pochettino said ” I think there is one favourite and it’s Chelsea because they are top of the league, because of the experienced players and the manager they have. We are talking about one of the best teams in Europe”.
Chelsea have won the FA Cup 6 times since Spurs last lifted the trophy back in 1991.
Spurs have won 8 games in a row in all competitions, their best streak since 1960.
The bookies are struggling to split them as expected, Chelsea are best @ 7/4 with a few firms including Ladbrokes, Spurs are @ 37/20 with Marathon Bet and the draw is @12/5 with Boyle Sports.
Despite Chelsea’s fantastic record against Spurs I really fancy Spurs here.