In the second instalment of our FA Cup action this weekend, North and West London will clash at Wembley on Sunday when Tottenham encounter Chelsea in their semi-final fixture as Paddy Power offer similar odds on every result as they struggle to pick a favourite to proceed in the tournament.
Despite an inferior position as far as the league is concerned, Chelsea can boast better form heading into Sunday’s match and are currently enjoying an unbeaten run stretching back six matches.
The Blues have lost just once in their last ten matches and with their midweek Champions League semi-final also firmly in their crosshairs, Roberto Di Matteo’s men can still be very hopeful of completing the double this season.
The packed schedule will undoubtedly take its toll on the Stamford Bridge outfit and Branislav Ivanovic, Ryan Bertrand and Oriol Romeu are set to miss out through injuries and suspension.
Tottenham have an altogether cleaner bill of health and will have a full crop of players to choose from.
Following their loss at home to Norwich, Spurs may be more dangerous than ever as they look to bounce back from the disappointing defeat.
Harry Redknapp’s side are now without a victory in two weeks after hitting a slump in form just when they don’t need to but booking their place in the FA Cup final could certainly provide the boost the North Londoners need for their end of the season run-in.
Three of the last four meetings between these sides have ended in draws, with Chelsea bagging the only win in a 2010-11 league match.
The Blues would appear to have more going in their favour in terms of Cup competition also, with Tottenham’s last FA Cup victory over Chelsea coming way back in 1982.
The pair have met twice in the tournament since then, with Chelsea proving triumphant on both occasions but Tottenham have come a long way in recent years and both manager’s will be all but too aware of the challenge they face in the home of English football this weekend.