Tottenham and Chelsea go head to head on Sunday afternoon in a mouth watering FA Cup semi-final tie at Wembley. The two London clubs still have plenty to play for in the league of course, but this weekend it is all about booking a place in the final of the most famous club cup competition around.
Tottenham certainly need the lift of making it to a major final after their poor form in the league has seen them on the brink of slipping out of the top four positions. Considering they were nailed on for third a few weeks ago, it has been a very disappointing spell for them.
The defeat at home to Norwich City on Monday – one of their most disappointing results of the season – means they are only two points above 6th placed Chelsea with the race for a top four place now set to go to the wire.
Harry Redknapp’s men have also now won only one of their last eight Premier League games as their season threatens to fizzle out. Although they will of course still fight for a place in the top four – something they are more than capable of doing – this weekend’s game takes on extra importance.
Not only can it give Tottenham a lift if they make it to the FA Cup final, but it can ensure that they have plenty to fight for in the last month or so of the season. With their backs against the wall, this could be very helpful indeed.
As for Chelsea, they certainly have a lot to play for between now and the end of the campaign. As mentioned, they are determined to secure a place in the Champions League for next season, but this is probably the least high-profile ambition they have.
Just three days after Sunday’s game against Tottenham, Roberto Di Matteo’s men take on Barcelona in a Champions League semi-final. They should be relishing these big games though as a club like Chelsea should be fighting for plenty of major honours.
With regards to what is their priority, the FA Cup is probably third on the list. However, this doesn’t mean that Sunday’s match isn’t important to them. Taking on their London rivals at Wembley for a place in the FA Cup is a big deal, regardless of what is to come in the remainder of the campaign.
In the two meetings between these two in the Premier League this season, neither side has been able to claim a win. A 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane in December was followed by a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge last month.
Sunday’s semi-final should be another tight one too with no much separating the two teams. It is Chelsea that have more momentum at the moment though and their big name players will guide them to a narrow victory.