Indeed, the Blues have been superior to Tottenham for several seasons, although Roberto di Matteo’s side actually come into this FA Cup semi-final as underdogs, despite the fact that they have a Champions League semi-final against Barcelona next week.
Chelsea can be backed at 9/5 (bet365 £200 free bets) to win at Wembley on Sunday evening, with the team spirit much higher under Roberto di Matteo who continues to hope that Roman Abramovich gives him the nod to lead the club forward on a more permanent basis.
It is quite a turnaround for the Italian who was relieved of his managerial duties at West Brom last term, although he has a talented squad at his disposal and will hope that Chelsea’s big game players can make all the difference in this game.
Fernando Torres, Didier Drogba and Daniel Sturridge will compete for starting berths in attack, while Frank Lampard and Juan Mata are certain to play as attacking midfielders and the latter is one of the few Chelsea players to have performed consistently this term.
The former Valencia man is available at 10/1 (Blue Square) to score the first goal of the game, with compatriot Fernando Torres available at 7/1 (Paddy Power bookmaker) to pay back another instalment of that £50 million transfer fee by notching the first of the game.
Tottenham Hotspur are available at 17/10 to win this FA Cup semi-final although Harry Redknapp’s team have failed to beat Chelsea in their last four attempts and come into this match off the back of some indifferent form which all started when they were hammered 5-2 by Arsenal after going two goals ahead.
Monday’s 2-1 home defeat against Norwich City saw Spurs play a 4-3-3 formation which was too open and they were duly punished by the Canaries, with the manager likely to go for a 4-5-1 set-up on this occasion which will see Emmanuel Adebayor hold the ball up as the lone striker.
The former Arsenal man is a 7/1 chance to score the first goal of the game, with Gareth Bale available at 10/1 and the Welshman is due a goal after several near misses in recent matches against Norwich, Swansea and Sunderland.