FA Cup – Chelsea vs Tottenham: Team News, Likely Line-ups & Predicted Score

By on April 14, 2012

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Premier League rivals Chelsea and Tottenham face off at Wembley on Sunday, with a place in the FA Cup final at stake.

The two London clubs are currently battling it out for a top-four place but will put aside their league rivalry in search of silverware.

The Blues have an excellent recent record in the FA Cup, having won the trophy on three of the last five seasons, whereas Tottenham haven’t won the cup for 21 years.

The game should be a tight affair with both previous encounters this season ending in draws, but Chelsea are the side in form having not tasted defeat in four games, while Spurs are on a poor run that has seen them pick up just one win in eight.  However, form tends to go out the window in cup games and even more so when its a derby.

Team News

Chelsea will be without the services of defender Branislav Ivanovic, who starts a three-match suspension for violent conduct after being found guilty of striking Wigan’s Shaun Maloney in an off the ball incident last week.

There is better news for Roberto Di Matteo with Ashley Cole declared fit to start after overcoming an ankle problem. The big decision for the Blues boss will be who to start up front with both Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres pushing for a place in the starting eleven.

Harry Redknapp is facing a mini-crisis at the back with Younes Kaboul, Ledley King and Michael Dawson all ruled out. The good news is that Willian Gallas has shaken off a knock and will partner Ryan Nelsen in the heart of defence.

Scott Parker is also available after recovering from a hamstring problem.

Likely Line-ups

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Predicted Score

This is a very difficult game to predict. Chelsea are arguably the form team, although their performances have hardly been convincing. Tottenham on the other hand haven’t been getting the results and look like they’ve lost their bottle at the wrong time of the season. This is will come down to who performs better on the day, and we’re going for Chelsea just to edge it. Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham.

What are your thoughts on the game? Get involved in the comments section below…

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22 Comments

  1. Kelly

    April 14, 2012 at 9:26 am

    I realy be by ur side by ur prediction dat chelsea should put through by 2-1

    • Omar Dalton

      April 14, 2012 at 2:50 pm

      Chelsea 2 – 1 Tottenham Hotspur. C’mon you boys in Blue!!!

  2. Yidman

    April 14, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Lazy crap article; ledley king is not ruled out and in fact is almost certain to play

    • Ivegotafortunehaventyou

      April 14, 2012 at 10:17 am

      Yaaawn! and your point is???????

  3. kola

    April 14, 2012 at 11:16 am

    For my own believe chelsea we beat totteham 3-2 goal from dider drogba, terry and kalu best of lucky

  4. Paul d kenson

    April 14, 2012 at 11:21 am

    I dnt see chelsea defeating totten’ham ,1 – 0 in favour of tottenham.

  5. Assadullah

    April 14, 2012 at 11:55 am

    A very tough game ahead. Predicting Chelsea 3 – Tottenham 1

  6. Vincent

    April 14, 2012 at 11:59 am

    It will b a very tough game, bt chelsea wil win 3:1

  7. Jack

    April 14, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    I’m a Chelsea fan but gotta admit tottenham have the better side I reckon 3 1 to tottenham 🙁

    • HellsTrousers

      April 15, 2012 at 9:49 am

      Call yourself a chelsea fan?

  8. Omar Dalton

    April 14, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Chelsea FC. . .One Club, One Love, One Life!!! Chelsea FC <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

  9. Ajakghe bernard

    April 14, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    I see tommorow match as a though game but never the less i give it to chelsea.my prediction is chelsea 2 and 1 to our opponent.up bluzzzzzzzz?

  10. Mukundi Godfrey

    April 14, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    I think its tym 4 chelsea 2 claim a silverware as they av gone a year without i pray that chelsea wins

  11. Self.kelly

    April 14, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    I think is tym 4 chelsea to end season wth trophless, wth power, luv, wth God of soccer nd one mind chelsea 3 spur 2 up bluz.

  12. Rahma

    April 14, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    I believe that tottenham will beat blues if i pay my prediction is spurs3-1 blues two goal Bale and 1 goal Adepayor

  13. Sam

    April 14, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Is a very tight game,i predict chelsea 2-1 tottenham.Up chelsea

  14. HellsTrousers

    April 14, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Im a chelsea fan. I have a lot of respect for spurs and what Harry has done for them. I predict a very close game. Spurs are out of form. Chelsea are starting to return to their normal selves, reborn under di matteo! Bale can punish chelsea on that left hand side as bosingwa isnt a great defender, perhaps Chelsea should opt to put Luiz in right-back? Totenham lack real class in defence apart from Kyle walker. However the midfield battle will be interesting! Chelsea have the pace of Ramires against the skill of bale. Modric will have a tough time against essiens attacking and defending credential. Van der vaart and lampard will have to be at their best. Parker the former Chelsea and Newcastle player has been reborn under redknapp! Mata is probably the best player on the pitch, however Bale is nearly as good. Sturridge should play, he hasnt had enough games under di matteo he’s Chelsea’s top goal scorer this season and will surely play most of England games in the euros. Torres is improving, he can skip past any defender with his skill and speed, he hasn’t found his finishing boots this season. Adebayor will have a tough test against the wall that is John terry, who plays with a broken rib! My prediction is chelsea 2-1 totenham. It’s going to be an excellent contest. Spur can attack down the left and get crosses in the box. However you expect multiple goals from chelsea against the average totenham defence. Both sides must be careful not to be caught on the counter attack!

  15. Akinloye olaitan

    April 15, 2012 at 4:30 am

    Chelsea wining depend on line up and di matteo shd try 2 start mikel,mata,luiz,cahill,torres and drogba,but sturridge shd be substitute because he always played well but like selfishness which is not good.

  16. Akinloye olaitan

    April 15, 2012 at 4:34 am

    No douting torres is scoring 2day,chelsea 3 totteham-1

  17. Jesse james

    April 15, 2012 at 5:19 am

    Chelsea wins 2:0 up blues!!!

  18. Douglas sampson

    April 15, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Chelsea 3-0 totteham

  19. andy

    April 15, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    tottenham 7 chealsea 2

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