Chelsea vs Tottenham betting tips and predictions ahead of this FA Cup semi-final, kicking off at 5.15pm on Saturday, 22nd April 2017. Read our betting preview and tips reasons below.
For just the second time since the Second World War, the top two sides in England meet in an FA Cup semi-final. Leaders Chelsea take on the Premier League’s most in form side in what should be a fantastic clash. Can Tottenham end the Blues’ hopes of winning the double this season?
Tottenham come in to this game having won eight straight matches, and they’ll be confident of extending that. Chelsea have some serious concerns, with illness spreading through their squad. That’s claimed both wing backs, and the absence of either Victor Moses or Marcos Alonso has been a key part of recent defeats. The Blues side which lost at Manchester United will struggle to match the momentum of their opponents this weekend.
Despite coming in to this game in excellent form, Tottenham are the outsiders for this clash. Their price of 7/4 with Ladbrokes to win this encounter is tempting, but there’s always the prospect of extra time and penalties. That adds extra risk on the match betting, so we think Spurs are great value to qualify for the final. Spurs to progress is our first FA Cup semi-final betting tip, which is priced at Evens with Betfred.
During Tottenham’s 2-0 win over Chelsea in January, Dele Alli played a key role as Mauricio Pochettino dismantled Antonio Conte’s set up. His pace and height worried the Chelsea centre-halves, while Spurs opened up plenty of opportunities out wide to get crosses in the box. Despite Spurs looking uncomfortable at Wembley earlier this season, the added width should work in their favour this time. That should offer more opportunities for Alli, and we’re backing him to score any time in our second Chelsea vs Tottenham prediction. That’s priced at 29/10 with 888Sport.
Chelsea have doubts over Thibaut Courtois, Gary Cahill and Diego Costa. Wing-backs Alonso and Moses are doubts, which is a major setback for Conte. Spurs could be without Danny Rose, who has just been named in the PFA Team of the Year.
The last six meetings between these two have seen two wins each and two draws, so this could be a tight encounter with so much on the line.
We mentioned the possibly of extra time, and that seems heightened given their head to head record and how close they are in the table. That puts us off backing a correct score bet, but it does open up other avenues. Having backed Spurs to qualify, we also like the look of them to win this one in extra time. Pochettino’s men are 14/1 with Sky Bet to progress after 120 minutes, which seems like a big price. That’s our outside pick to complete our Chelsea vs Tottenham betting tips.
Tottenham to qualify – Evens with Betfred.
Dele Alli to score any time – 29/10 with 888Sport.
Tottenham to win in extra time – 14/1 with Sky Bet.
We’d recommend a £5 bet on Spurs to win.
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