The Blues have kept their London rivals at arms’ length until a recent wobble allowed Mauricio Pochettino’s men to close in at the top of the Premier League table. The two are set to meet in the FA Cup semi-finals here as a tasty appetiser to the title run-in, and Spurs will do their utmost to deliver a statement of their true ambitions and unsettle their neighbours further with a win.
Betfair have opted to give new customers a tasty boost in prices with a max stake of £1 on Chelsea - who do remain slight favourites - with Antonio Conte’s troops upped to 33/1/1 (34.0), while Tottenham can be backed at 50/1 (51.0).
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Usually 8/5 (2.60), Chelsea are now 33/1 (34.0) to see off Tottenham for new players. The Blues have enjoyed a great run in the FA Cup of late and have only lost one of their last five FA Cup semi-finals. Not only have they gone unbeaten in 14 of their last 16 meetings with Spurs, but they can count on Spurs’ apparent new Wembley struggles - the North Londoners have won just one of their last eight fixtures and that came back in December against CSKA Moscow.
Chelsea will be eager to answer their critics of late and respond with a win over their upcoming opponents, in the process handing Tottenham their seventh-straight FA Cup semi-final defeat, a tournament worst. The sixth, and one of the most humiliating, happened to come at the hands of the Blues in 2012 - an infamous 5-1 drubbing that lives long in the mind.
The form books tend to go out of the window in such games and Conte will be urging his men to put aside their recent struggles, calling on the big-game experience of his players to produce the goods in the tie en route to reaching a cup final in what has been a memorable debut season for him at Stamford Bridge. With that, the price of 33/1 (34.0) is certainly one that cannot be missed for Blues backers.
Usually 17/10 (2.70), Tottenham are a huge 50/1 (51.0) to end their FA Cup hoodoo with a win over Chelsea. Though history appears to be firmly against them, the fact remains that Pochettino’s side are very much the form team left in the cup, having won their last eight games in all competitions - their best run since 1960.
Led by trio Dele Alli, Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane - even after his recent injury - the three of them appear to be firing on all cylinders heading into the final weeks of the campaign and will be out to claim one of their biggest scalps of late. Son and Kane have each bagged hat-tricks in each of the last two rounds and, supported by Christian Eriksen, Tottenham have the firepower to hurt their rivals who have looked wobbly at the back recently.
Spurs may be slight outsiders but given how inspirational they have looked, nobody could rule out a surprise when they go head-to-head with the team they are trying to catch in the Premier League title race, making 50/1 (51.0) for new Betfair customers more than just a hopeful punt but an option that could land serious profit if correct.
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