A mouthwatering FA Cup semi-final weekend is in store with two huge games at Wembley as Chelsea face Tottenham and Arsenal take on Manchester City.
The first game sees the top-two in the Premier League clash – with Chelsea and Spurs clashing in a capital derby.
Both managers are playing it cool, suggesting the other side is favourite for the game.
“If there is a favourite, it’s Chelsea. They are top of the Premier League and have experienced players and a great manager,” said Mauricio Pochettino.
“We are talking about a team with players who, in the past five years, have won European competitions and World Cups. Their manager won the title in Italy and they are more experienced.”
Chelsea chief Antonio Conte said: “[This season] there’s one win for us, one win for them.
“They showed they are able to beat us because it happened in the second leg [at White Hart Lane] but we’ve shown we can beat them.
“Now we will see what the result is in the semi-final but for sure it will be an interesting game.”
Arsenal are looking for their third final in four years and Arsene Wenger knows another trophy would help to ease some of the criticism, he and his side have been getting in recent weeks.
“We are of course ambitious. We’ve done it before, we know we can do it. It’s much more level at the start (against City),” he said.
“We know we have to be at our best to qualify (for the final).”
Pep Guardiola is still getting used to the FA Cup, saying: “I live in Spain and the cup is two games so it’s a little bit predictable what is going to happen.
“In the Bundesliga it was completely different – like in England one game and the tradition there is so special, so good. The final is one game, the most beautiful game in Germany.”
See below for a run-down on every game, including predictions from world renowned football agent and GamblingTimes.com columnist Barry Silkman and our own Football Insider Graeme Bailey, together with everything you need to know from the bookies – this week with Ladbrokes’s Richard Marsh.
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Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur – 17:15 – Wembley Stadium – April 22nd
TEAM NEWS: Hugo Lloris will start in goal with Michel Vorm – the normal cup goalkeeper for Spurs – ruled out. Danny Rose will not be risked despite returning to training this week. Chelsea are sweating over the fitness of number one Thibaut Courtois and left-back Marcos Alonso – but both are expected to start.
KEY FACT: The last time Chelsea and Tottenham met in the FA Cup – Chelsea won 5-1
MATCH ODDS: Chelsea 13/8 Draw 21/10 Spurs 7/4
SILKY SAYS: A real cracker of a cup tie but I think Chelsea might just get the better of this one, but will be close – 2-1
TGT INSIDER SAYS: What a great game this could be and might be an open affair, I think Spurs might just edge it but it really could go either way – 2-3
BOOKIE RECOMMENDATION: Harry Kane anytime 13/8
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Could Harry Kane top the Football INDEX this weekend? He could very well do – Trading at £5.01 for a reason but he could yet overtake Zlatan at the top with a big game.
Arsenal v Manchester City – 15:00 – Wembley Stadium – April 23rd
TEAM NEWS: David Ospina, Lucas Perez and Shkodran Mustafi are ruled out for Arsenal, whilst Danny Welbeck is also a doubt. Gabriel Jesus has stepped up his rehab from his broken foot but is unlikely to be risked.
KEY FACT: Arsenal are looking at a third FA Cup final in four seasons
MATCH ODDS: Arsenal 14/5 Draw 14/5 Man City 17/20
SILKY SAYS: This one could go to extra time quite easily and I will say City just having the edge – 1-2
TGT INSIDER SAYS: I think we could have an all North London cup final this year so Arsenal to win this – 2-0
BOOKIE RECOMMENDATION: Man City to win and BTTS 21/10
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Kevin De Bruyne at £1.39 is criminal for such a wonderful player – he could grab the headlines this weekend and could be a great buy.