Chelsea vs Tottenham – Saturday 22nd April 2017 – 17:15 - BBC One


Chelsea are 13/8 with Diego Costa at 9/2 to score first.

Chelsea face Tottenham at Wembley Stadium this weekend, in the first of a star-studded FA Cup Semi Final line up.

Antonio Conte's men come into this match on the back of a rare defeat, this time a 2-0 defeat away against Manchester United.

Marcus Rashford opened the scoring for United (7), after a perfect through ball from Ander Herrera.

The Spaniard then went from provider to scorer, with Herrera scoring United's second just four minutes after the restart (49).

It was the perfect performance from Mourinho's men, who adopted the same policy as they did in the FA Cup Quarter-Finals.

Chelsea registered no shots on target throughout the match, with United totally dominating the Blues.

Double Dream Alive

Chelsea will look to lay down a major marker in their quest for the double, with a win here likely to give them a huge lift.

They are in mixed form, with the United defeat blowing the title race wide open when it looked all but cemented a few weeks ago.

Antonio Conte's side have seen their lead cut to four points, with just six games left they are still in an excellent position.

Blues Joint Favourites

Conte's men go into this match as level favourites, with the bookies unable to separate them and Tottenham.

The Blues will be delighted with their season, but the hardest yards are yet to come.

Chelsea will be looking to continue their excellent overall record against Tottenham. In 139 matches they have won 59, drawn 35 and lost 45.

WembleyCity In Mixed Form

Tottenham come into this match on the back of another 4-0 win, this time against Bournemouth.

The Cherries were utterly outclassed by their North London counterparts, who moved to within four points of Chelsea.

Moussa Dembele (16) opened the scoring for Tottenham early in the first half, with the midfielder scoring a rare goal.

Heung-Min Son continued his fine recent scoring record (19), with his third goal in two matches.H Kane

Harry Kane scored his first goal after his injury lay off (48), before Vincent Janssen added to his tally late on (90+2).

Excellent Start For Spurs

Spurs have enjoyed an excellent season so far, they have won their last eight successive matches.

Mauricio Pochettino and his side are in 2nd place in the Premier League, they are now just four points off Chelsea.

Wembley has been an unlucky venue for them this season, but they will be looking to land a huge psychological blow in this match.

Joint Favourites

Spurs come into this fixture as the joint favourites, with the bookies unable to separate the sides.

In Chelsea, they face a side who have struggled of late but will be looking to bounce back in style.

Tottenham will be looking to draw on their excellent form, and the 2-0 win they registered earlier in the season.

Tottenham are 13/8 with Harry Kane at 9/2 to open the scoring.


Arsenal vs Manchester City – Sunday 23rd April 2017 – 15:00 - BT Sport 1

Arsenal v Manchester City - Premier LeagueArsenal are 14/5 with Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud at 6/1 to score first.

Arsenal face Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, in the second of a star-studded FA Cup Semi Final line up.

The Gunners come into this match in poor form, albeit winning their first away game of the calendar year against Middlesbrough.

Boro fell behind courtesy of an excellent free kick from Alexis Sanchez (42), although Brad Guzan's positioning of the wall was questionable.

Alvaro Negredo (50) equalised for the hosts just five minutes after the restart, after more terrible defending from Arsenal.

Daniel Ayala had a golden chance to head Middlesbrough in front soon after, but he was unable to find a way past Cech.

They were ultimately made to pay, with Sanchez turning provider, Ramsey chesting down and Ozil (71) smashing into the bottom corner for

Gunners Down And Out

The Gunners desperately need a win in this match, with the top four looking extremely unlikely this season.

Poor results against Crystal Palace and West Brom mean they have lost a third of their last six.

They remain highly doubtful to qualify for the Champions League, with the Gunners seven points behind City in the league.

During Wenger's tenure they have never failed to qualify for the Champions League, and have never finished below Tottenham.

Gunners Underdogs

Arsenal come into this match as the underdogs, with their poor recent form informing the bookies.

The Gunners will be looking to avoid three defeats in six matches, they have conceded 9 goals in their last five matches.

Arsenal will be looking to continue their overall form against Man City, they have won 87 of their 171 meetings.

WembleyBack To Back Wins

Guardiola's side come into this match on the back of a 3-0 win against Hull, a great win for City.

It was a quiet first half, with both sides cancelling each other out in a goalless first half.

Vincent Kompany marked his return from injury with a goal (55), of course scoring a header from a perfect Silva cross.

Leroy Sane (77) scored his first and City's second 13 minutes from time, the Saints unravelling late on.

Sergio Aguero (80) made it 3-0 to City just three minutes later, with City stretching a tired Saints defence.

Consistency Needed

Manchester City have been in mixed form of late, with two of every result in their last six matches.

Guardiola's men will have two aims this season, finishing in the top three if possible and securing an FA Cup win.

Manchester City remain in fourth place in the league, but the FA Cup will take precedence this weekend.

Same Again For Pep

The match against Arsenal sees Manchester City emerge as favourites, with City's pedigree informing the bookmakers.

A win will mean they will advance to the final, with many questioning Guardiola's success it will be a great response.

Pep will be looking for City to register their 2nd win against Arsenal this season.

Man City are 17/10 with Sergio Aguero at 7/2 to open the scoring.


Betting Tips

Tip 1 – Hazard to score first @ 11/2 and Chelsea to win 2-1 @ 9/1

Tip 2 – Aguero to score first @ 7/2 and Manchester City to win 3-1 @ 12/1

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