Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final clash between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur could be the game that defines both clubs seasons.
The London duo currently sit in first and second position in the Premier League respectively, with only five games remaining before the season comes to a close. Until a few weeks ago, the title race looked to be all but over as Chelsea were looking uncatchable at the peak of the table.
However two defeats in their last four, first a surprise defeat to in-form Crystal Palace and most recently a deserved beating at the hands of Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United, have blown the title race wide open again, especially given Spurs form at the moment.
Maurice Pochettino’s side have won the last seven Premier League fixtures on the bounce, and have been finding the net for fun, with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min in the form of their careers. The Lily-whites have scored an astonishing 28 goals in their last eight fixtures in all competitions, averaging 3.5 goals per game.
While Saturday’s fixture will have no impact on the Premier League standings, it is being billed as a potential title decider. A win for the Blues would point them back in the right direction and with a fairly comfortable run-in, could project them towards the title.
A win for Spurs, and Chelsea will almost certainly be on the back foot. Antonio Conte will know the importance of the fixture this weekend and will want to be putting forward a strong side to ensure a victory at Wembley. Here is the Italian’s probable starting XI for Saturday’s crunch game …