Four of the teams in the top six of the Premier league compete in the FA Cup semi finals at Wembley this weekend
4.15pm Chelsea v Tottenham
a heavyweight clash between first and second in the Premier League and with the race for the title closed upafterlast weekend it might be significant that Celsea play next midweek a day earlier than Tottenham. Assuming both sides play first choice sides, Chelsea defend well with their bqack three with Kante in front and rely on Hazard and collegaues for the creativity to win matches.Costa’s formwill be a worry
Tottenham are extremely well organised and in combinations of Alli, Son, Eriksen and Kane have match-winners of their own
I think we have to expecct this to be very close and at Bet365 prices of Tottenham 13/8 Chelsea 17/10 and the draw 11/5 i will be backing the draw and hoping for extra-time in what could be a cagey,tactical contest
2.00pm Arsenal v Manchester City
Despite a superb FA Cup record, Arsenal’s premier league form has been poor to patchy since Christmas even experieminting with a 3 man defense last time out. City are the better team with a key player like Kompany back to fitness which will help shore up their major defensive weaknesses.
Of course that is reflected to a large extent in Bet365 prices here.City are 17/20,the draw 27/10 and Arsenal 3/1. Whilst this game salvages a large part of Arsenal’s season, or not, depending on the restul it looks like a leap of faith rather than value to be backing Arsenal and the sensible play if we are having a bet is Cty despite the odds on price.