Back extra time as Chelsea battle it out with Spurs in FA Cup thriller
Only four points now separate the Premier League front-runners after Chelsea’s shock defeat to Manchester United, coupled with Spurs’ splendid run of seven wins in a row, breathing new life into the title race.
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However, the formbook goes out of the window as the two bitter London rivals meet in the FA Cup semifinal on Saturday with both sides still entertaining high hopes of securing the domestic double.
There’s been plenty of bad blood between the two sides in recent seasons, with Chelsea coming back from two goals last season down to deny Spurs any hope of pipping Leicester for the Premier League title. A mass brawl ensued down the tunnel as tempers frayed on the final whistle at Stamford Bridge.
Lampard "Chelsea are very aware Spurs are there and it'll be a tough game for them, There will be some nervousness but so there should be."— The Blues (@LondonIsBlue12) April 18, 2017
Chelsea’s volatile striker Diego Costa has gone off the boil in recent weeks and the Spanish striker is 9-2 co-favourite with the returning Harry Kane to break the deadlock at the home of football. Eden Hazard will enjoy the wide-open spaces of Wembley and is biggest at 69-10 with Marathon for the first goal.
The two sides have shared the spoils with each side winning their respective home league game, but with two evenly matched sides, we seem set for a tight, cagey affair with this knockout tie on neutral soil at Wembley. Therefore, a look at the draw at 12-5 with Marathon after 90 minutes may prove profitable.
Once in extra time, new tournament rules kick in with four subs now allowed which could come in useful in the vast open spaces of Wembley. The Blues are 10-1 with Bet Victor to prevail in extra time, while Spurs are 12-1 to seal a win in 120 minutes.
Tony Gale: "If Spurs can get a good result over Chelsea, it may, psychologically, do that extra little bit that tips the scales their way." pic.twitter.com/wuXh7gBV21— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) April 19, 2017
If still deadlocked after extra time, we could face the thrilling prospect of penalties to decide the winner. If you fancy FA Cup history to be made with a nail-biting penalty shootout, do not let me put you off the 12-1 on offer for either side to seal a final spot on penalties with Bet Victor.