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Graeme Le Saux: Back Spurs to nick it against title rivals Chelsea

Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs have a chance to strike a blow on their title rivals, and Graeme thinks they might
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Graeme Le Saux gives Betfair his exclusive thoughts on Chelsea v Tottenham in the first semi-final of this season's FA Cup...

"Although the bigger pitch might prove a slight problem for Spurs as it has done in the past - they've won just once at Wembley since 2008 - I still slightly favour them. They're just playing so well at the moment."

Chelsea v Spurs
Saturday, 17:15
Live on BBC 1 and Betfair Live Video

What a first semi-final we have in prospect here at Wembley on Saturday teatime. The two best sides in the Premier League duking it out for a place in the final, and perhaps relishing the chance to strike a psychological blow ahead of the last few weeks of the title race. Mouthwatering!

First up, Spurs were absolutely phenomenal last week against Bournemouth - they were more than worth their 4-0 win and for me they are a brilliant side both in and out of possession. They play with an intuition that's been fostered by the fantastic Mauricio Pochettino, a manager I have spent some time with recently and have a huge amount of respect for. The word that comes to mind when I see that Spurs team in action is collaboration - they all know their jobs and what's expected of them and they work tirelessly both when they have the ball and when they don't.

Chelsea are just as good in their own way though. They have no weak links in their team overall, and if we put to one side the Man United defeat last week they've also been fantastic. I actually think they'll welcome the chance to get a week off from the Premier League after that Old Trafford disappointment and play at Wembley in a big semi. Whatever happens here doesn't affect the league and they can play this on its own terms as a standalone game.

That said, whoever wins will be playing up its importance in the title race, but if the losers will be insisting it means nothing. That's what footballers are like!

I think this will be a tactically fascinating game and I can't wait to see how Spurs line up - their best performance of the season was their 2-0 win over the Antonio Conte's men, and they're able to play with a back three and a back four adroitly. Both teams will want to go out there and be creative and I've noticed that the Blues have developed more into a counter attacking team as the season has worn on.

Although the bigger pitch might prove a slight problem for Spurs as it has done in the past - they've won just once at Wembley since 2008 - I still slightly favour them. They're just playing so well at the moment. As a result I think I favour a 2-1 Spurs win at [12.0].

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