FA Cup Betting: Sweet or sour for Spurs?
It would be no surprise were this to be level at the break and decided by a goal in the second 45.
When North London meets west London in north-west London, Lee Dixon expects a tight affair in the weekend's second FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.
Spurs' season is threatening to go sour and a win here could just be what their season needs.
Equally, with Barcelona in the Champions League and a revitalised Newcastle getting in the way of a top-four bid, this competition could represent Chelsea's best chance of having a 'successful' season, though it will come as a poor second prize to Champions League qualification.
Match Odds/To Qualify
Like the Liverpool-Everton match, the odds just seem the wrong way round here with Spurs the current favourites to win in 90 minutes at [2.7] and Chelsea available to back at [2.88]. Yes, Tottenham are above Chelsea in the table, but that has so much to do with their early season form and little to do with their current play.
Tottenham's west London rivals are picking up results in all competitions with the odd setback now and again, while the Spurs are really struggling. History is against Harry Redknapp's men, too -- as Opta point out, Tottenham have lost their last five FA Cup semi-finals, and haven't the made the final of the competition since 1991. Once again, I favour the underdog in a second FA Cup semi-final, though it's hard to believe Chelsea fall into that category!
With so much at stake, this could be tight and I will play it safe by swerving the match odds and playing the 'To Qualify' market with a back of Chelsea at evens.
Under 2.5 Goals
The market's finding it hard to split overs and unders here and if pressed I lean towards the latter. FA Cup semis are notoriously tight, but throw in two good defences who fought out a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge in March and I fancy this to be low-scoring once the final whistle is blown.
Half Time/Full Time
It would be no surprise were this to be level at the break and decided by a goal in the second 45. I already have Chelsea onside in the 'To Qualify' market at [2.0] but I'm happy to throw a few quid at Draw/Chelsea in the HT/FT market at [7.6].