This is quite possibly Tottenham Hotspur’s biggest game not only this season, but since the last time these two teams met at Wembley. Spurs are arriving at Wembley after two very comfortable victories against Premier League opposition – two 4-0 wins against Watford and Bournemouth. Mauricio Pochettino and his men have now won eight games in a row – a streak which stretches back to the 26th of February.
Tale of The Tape:
Since two dreadful defeats against Liverpool and KAA Gent (Europa League) at the beginning of February, Spurs have kept marching on. Tottenham have now won 9/10 games since the 1-0 loss to Gent, including two FA Cup draws against Fulham and Millwall.
Spurs are certainly going into the game with the better run of form as Chelsea have surprisingly lost two out of the last four Premier League games, dropping points against Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge and Manchester United at Old Trafford.
These two teams have already met twice in the League this campaign, sharing the six points equally. Back in November, Chelsea came out on top – edging Tottenham to a 2-1 win thanks to goals from Victor Moses and Pedro either half of the break. Spurs returned against Chelsea in January however, with a brilliant display against the League leaders. PFA Young Player Of The Year nominee, Dele Alli headed the two Tottenham goals past a helpless Thibaut Courtois, once again either side of half-time.
Both Erik Lamela and Harry winks are still being assessed after their injuries have been confirmed to keep them out for the rest of the season. Michel Vorm has also been confirmed as ruled out for the match as he is advancing with rehabilitation. Full-back Danny Rose is still sidelined due to his knee injury but has been progressing with outdoor work and is expected to resume full training next week ahead of the games against Crystal Palace and Arsenal.
Harry Kane completed 79 minutes against Bournemouth on the weekend after working hard to return to full match fitness. The talisman was subbed off for Victor Wanyama who is also returning from a lower back injury he sustained in the 2-0 win over Burnley.
Chelsea head into the Semi-Final with only one major injury doubt – Thibaut Courtois, after he injured his ankle during a suspected commercial video shoot for the NBA. Wing-back, Marcos Alonso missed the clash against Manchester United due to illness but is expected to be fully fit for the game on Saturday. Antonio Conte has no other significant injury concerns before the match.
Predicted Chelsea XI:
Begovic; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill, Kante, Matic, Alonso, Moses, Pedro, Hazard, Costa
Predicted Tottenham Hotspur XI:
Lloris; Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Dier, Davies, Wanyama, Dembele, Alli, Eriksen, Kane
Prediction: Chelsea 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur
Although Chelsea may not be on the best form of their campaign, they are still a huge force at both ends of the pitch, with players such as Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante. The match could be a huge momentum swing in the way of either team as Spurs continue to push Chelsea in the Premier League. This is a game where two teams in great form, playing great football, with great managers are going to give everything they have got to come out on top. You can guarantee it will not be an easy game for any player on the hallowed turf of Wembley.