It’s easy to overstate the importance of most matches. But Saturday’s FA Cup Semi bears no bounds of exaggeration. It has all the hallmarks of a season-defining, psychologically-shattering showdown.
These two teams are embroiled in an epic battle atop the Premier League peak. If Spurs are underdog Gandalf, then Chelsea are the hulking Balrog. Who shall be smote upon the mountainside?
Sure, this game won’t change the table. But the victor holds vital sway over the fateful pendulum, endowing it with their own momentum. Odds for the eventual Qualifier are too close to call – 33/20 Chelsea, 7/4 Spurs – so we’ll let you do the honours.
If you fancy a goal-fest in this Clash-of-the-Titans, a win after goals for both sides is tempting – Chelsea at 15/4, Spurs at 4/1. Foresee a cagey affair? Under 1.5 goals is ripe for the picking at 43/20.
Hazard a chance on Eden to score first at 13/2, or Eriksen nets anytime at 53/20. If you think Dele Alli will repeat his brace vs. Chelsea in January, the odds are in your favour at 19/1.
Will Poch’s Spurred lot stir winds of change, or will Harry Kane (née Hurricane) be blown straight back to slow-mo scream? Can Capt. Conte usurp United blues to see his Premier Ship to port? Can Costa set China aside and return to scoring goals, or will teammates scrape chances from his centre-back scraps (the bare Son Heung-Minimum)?
The climax to these season-story questions could well settle Saturday. If you’re any sort of football fan, get a skin in the game, stat!