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Chelsea vs Tottenham: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview

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The two Premier League title contenders will go head-to-head in a mouthwatering FA Cup semi-final in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley on Saturday

Chelsea take on Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday in the first of the weekend's two FA Cup semi-finals.

Both teams are in with a chance of doing a domestic double this season as they battle it out at the top of the Premier League as well as in the national cup competition.

'Faltering Chelsea fear Tottenham'

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Antonio Conte's Blues currently have the edge in the English top flight but Spurs will hope to deal a blow to their confidence by inflicting a second defeat in a row upon them.

Game Chelsea vs Tottenham
Date Saturday, April 22, 2017
Time 17:15 GMT, 12:15 ET


TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM



Antonio Conte Mauricio Pochettino

In the UK, the match will be available to watch live on television nationally on BBC One and by stream via the BBC Sport app and website.

UK TV channelOnline stream
BBC OneBBC Sport

In the US, the match will be available to watch live on television on FOX's over-the-air network and by stream via Fox Soccer 2Go.

US TV channelOnline stream
FOXFox Soccer 2Go


SQUADS & TEAM NEWS



PositionChelsea players
Goalkeepers Courtois, Begovic, Eduardo
Defenders Aina, Ake, Alonso, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Luiz, Terry, Zouma
Midfielders Chalobah, Fabregas, Hazard, Kante, Kenedy, Loftus-Cheek, Matic, Moses, Musonda, Willian
Forwards Batshuayi, Costa, Pedro, Solanke

Thibaut Courtois remains a doubt after injuring his ankle while filming an NBA commercial, so Asmir Begovic could continue in goal.

Marcos Alonso missed the defeat to Manchester United due to illness and there has been suggestions the bug also hit Victor Moses and Diego Costa, but all are expected to be in the lineup at Wembley.

Potential starting XI: Begovic; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Pedro, Costa, Hazard.

PositionTottenham players
Goalkeepers Lloris, Vorm, Lopez
Defenders Walker, Rose, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Trippier, Wimmer, Davies, Carter-Vickers
Midfielders Wanyama, Nkoudou, Dier, Sissoko, Dembele, Dele, Eriksen, Onomah
Forwards Son, Janssen, Kane

Mauricio Pochettino has no new setbacks to deal with and could name the same side that thrashed Bournemouth last time out. Michel Vorm is a doubt with a knee injury and Danny Rose, Erik Lamela and Harry Winks are out.

Pochettino could match Chelsea's 3-4-3 by dropping Son Heung-Min or Christian Eriksen but both players have been in excellent form of late, with the Korean netting eight goals in his past six games.

Potential starting XI: Lloris; Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies; Dier, Dembele; Eriksen, Dele, Son; Kane.



BETTING & GAME ODDS



Tottenham Chelsea Premier League

The odds are almost dead even for this match, according to Oddschecker, with Chelsea slight favourites at around 17/10 and Tottenham priced at 9/5.

Cahill: Chelsea want the double

Diego Costa and Harry Kane are similarly tied in the first goalscorer market at 9/2, with Eden Hazard priced at 13/2 and Dele Alli 15/2.



GAME PREVIEW



Eden Hazard Chelsea Premier League

There may not be any Premier League points up for grabs, but this FA Cup semi-final feels like a test of Chelsea's mettle as the title race enters its final straight.

The prospect of a return to Wembley to play for the cup is incentive enough, of course, but you cannot help but feel that a Blues win would also send an important message as far as the league is concerned following their defeat to Manchester United.

Tottenham, of course, are their closest challengers in the English top flight and now just four points behind Antonio Conte's side. Dealing their rivals a second consecutive loss at the start of a run of three difficult games in seven days would truly set the cat amongst the pigeons.

Spurs' win against Chelsea in January was the first question asked of Chelsea since Conte had got them going in a 3-4-3 formation and they responded with another long unbeaten run that solidified their status as champions-elect.

When that streak ended against Crystal Palace, they bounced back by beating Manchester City in the next match but with legs and minds tiring, their latest winning run did not last long.

For both of these teams, then, victory could bring more reward than a place in the FA Cup final.

For Chelsea, it might be the morale-boosting shot in the arm they need to get back to winning ways in the Premier League and keep Tottenham at arm's length.

For Spurs, it is a chance to make the seed of doubt they have planted in the Blues' minds a little bit bigger.

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