The last thing Tottenham and Mauricio Pochettino will want reminding of is their poor record at Wembley ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea.
A record of one win in four games this season in European football isn’t inspiring, while the knowledge that Spurs are seeking to avoid losing a record seventh consecutive FA Cup semi-final is hardly something to get their faithful excited about.
It is hard to get away from the suggestion that this game is more than just a cup semi-final. Given Chelsea have lost two of their previous four in the league, Antonio Conte’s side has offered a glimmer of hope to Spurs in the title race with their lead now down to four points.
This Wembley meeting then offers Tottenham not just a chance to get into their first FA Cup decider in 26 years but also to sow another major seed of doubt in Chelsea minds.
Spurs have been in superb form of late, winning their last eight games on the bounce, six of them without conceding. Their overall record against Chelsea is not great, two wins in 16 games, but they’ve played very well in both league games this term.
They were a shade unfortunate to go down 2-1 at Stamford Bridge in November but thoroughly merited their January 2-0 win at the Lane.
Dele Alli was inspired in that game and has been in excellent recent form while Harry Kane’s early return to fitness has been another significant boost for Pochettino. With Gary Cahill set to miss out, Kane will fancy his chances at Wembley and appeals at 15/4 to score first.
Spurs’ eight-game winning run is their best since a 13-game winning streak in 1960, so they really should be confident going into this game.
Perhaps the biggest worry for Chelsea however is knowing where to look to try and nullify the threats posed. Kane and Alli are clear dangers but so, too, are Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-min – who has already scored six FA Cup goals this season.
Having scored 15 goals in five league games since beating Millwall 6-0 in quarter-final, this really does look to be Spurs’ time to shine and they are tipped to win 2-0 at 11/1.
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