A new derby has born in recent years between Chelsea and Tottenham, and it’s once again time for the two London-based clubs to take on each other – this time in the semi-finals of the FA Cup.
The Blues have gone through a tough period recently as they’ve only won two out of their last four games in the league, allowing Tottenham to climb as close as four points away from the top in the race for the Premier League trophy.
Tottenham’s scintillating form and comfortable 2-0 win in the teams’ previous meeting might make them slight favourites for the clash, but it’s certain that both of the teams will be giving their 110 per cent tomorrow.
A win for Chelsea would mean a huge boost in the players’ self-confidence, helping the Blues go forward in the upcoming six remaining league games.
Meanwhile, Manchester City and Arsenal battle for the FA Cup final spot on Sunday.
Kick-off at 05.15 UK Time at Wembley Stadium. TV broadcast live from BBC One.
Chelsea’s defensive key players Thibaut Courtois (ankle) and Marcos Alonso (illness) missed out on Chelsea’s heavy defeat against Manchester United last Sunday, but are expected to return for tomorrow’s game fully fit.
However, a fresh injury update signals that Chelsea will however be without their vice-captain Gary Cahill, who has spent the last two nights at a hospital getting tested over a mystery flu. It’s thought that the bug has also gone through Victor Moses and Diego Costa, but it shouldn’t be that serious with them.
Mauricio Pochettino’s squad is expected to be fully fit for the clash, excluding Danny Rose, who is confirmed to miss the clash.
One to watch
Heung-min Son – Of course, Tottenham will have threatening players in all ranks, but attacking-wise South-Korean winger Heung-min Son is a definite danger for the Chelsea defence. He has proved to be a key member for Spurs this term, bagging 12 goals and four assists to his name in the league with five goals in his last four games.
The form in which Spurs’ attacking trio of Dele Alli, Son and Harry Kane are going to be in tomorrow is surely going to make a big contribution to tomorrow’s result, and we can only hope Chelsea can step up their game from the defeat at Old Trafford.
Recent league form
Chelsea : L W W L W (Goals for: 8 Goals against: 6)
Tottenham: W W W W W (Goals for: 15 Goals against: 2)
Tottenham 2-0 Chelsea (Alli x2) – Premier League, January 2017
Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham (Pedro, Moses; Eriksen) – Premier League, November 2016
Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham (Cahill, Hazard; Kane, Son) – Premier League, May 2016
It’s tough to feel too optimistic ahead of such game, but it’s even harder to see us lose a game against Tottenham – especially at Wembley. Despite the recent drop in form, I’m predicting Chelsea to cruise into a tight 2-1 victory, possibly after extra-time.