Everything you need to know as Antonio Conte’s Blues meet Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs at Wembley in the last four
CHELSEA’S FA Cup semi-final clash against Tottenham promises to have it all.
The Premier League’s top two sides meet at Wembley to battle it out for a place in the final.
Spurs won 2-0 the last time the teams met back in January at White Hart Lane, though the Blues recorded a 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge in November.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the game . . .
Where can I watch Chelsea vs Tottenham?
The match will be shown live on BBC One, with coverage starting from 4.50pm on Saturday, April 22. Kick off is at 5.15pm.
Alternatively, you can keep up to date with all the action and goals as they fly in on our live blog from 4.15pm.
What is the latest Chelsea team news?
Thibaut Courtois is a doubt for the FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham.
The Chelsea keeper missed the Manchester United clash with an ankle problem after injuring himself on club orders to take part in an NBA promo shoot.
Marcos Alonso limped out of the warm-up at Old Trafford on Sunday due to illness but is expected to return.
What is the latest Tottenham team news?
Mauricio Pochettino has no fresh KO concerns ahead of the FA Cup showdown.
Harry Kane made his first start in five weeks with no issues against Bournemouth on Saturday, while Victor Wanyama also returned from the bench.
Premier League form guide
You would have to say Spurs are favourites on current form.
Pochettino’s men are running riot in the league, while Chelsea have stumbled.
Poch got his tactics spot on when the sides last met in January by mirroring Conte’s 3-4-3 formation.
- The Blues have only lost one of their last five FA Cup semi-final ties, but it was in their last suchappearance in 2013 (vs Manchester City).
- Tottenham have lost each of their last six FA Cup semi-final appearances (1993, 1995, 1999,2001, 2010 and 2012). Should they lose this, they’ll set a record for consecutive FA Cup semi-final defeats (Chelsea also six between 1920 and 1966).
- The last time these sides met in the competition was in the 2012 semi-final, with Chelsea runningout 5-1 winners en route to lifting the trophy.
- In all competitions, Spurs have won just two of their last 16 meetings with Chelsea (D7 L7),though they did win the last game between them 2-0 in January.
- This will be the fourth meeting between these sides at the new Wembley, making it the joint-mostplayed fixture at the ground since it re-opened in 2007 (Chelsea v Man Utd also four).
- Since beating Chelsea in the League Cup final in 2008, Tottenham have won just one of theireight games at Wembley (D2 L5), beating CSKA Moscow in a Champions League group stagegame in December.
- Meanwhile, Chelsea have lost two of their last three games at the ground, with the victory comingagainst Tottenham in the 2015 League Cup final.
- Son Heung-Min has been involved in more goals than any other player in this season’s FA Cup (6goals, 1 assist).
- Pedro has scored four goals and assisted a further two in his three FA Cup appearances forChelsea this season.
- Tottenham players have scored a hat-trick in each of the last two rounds (Harry Kane and SonHeung-Min).
- Chelsea lost their last match against Manchester United – they’ve not lost back-to- back games inall competitions since April 2016 (vs Swansea and Man City).
- Tottenham meanwhile have won their last eight games in all competitions – they’ve only enjoyeda longer such run once in their history (13 games, April-October 1960).