It's an all London FA Cup semi final between two of the Premier League's finest when Chelsea meet Tottenham at Wembley on Sunday. With Roberto Di Matteo now at the helm for Chelsea he has completely changed their approach from that adopted under Andre Villas Boas. He's opted to drop the defensive line deeper and strengthen the midfield but despite that, Chelsea have still conceded in four of their last five matches. Frank Lampard has regained his place and Salamon Kalou has started to feature along with Jon Obi Mikel but the Chelsea forward line remains in a state of rotation.
Tottenham have adopted a similar pattern to that of the back end of last season. Jermaine Defoe is featuring less and less and Harry has started playing Sandro in tandem with Parker in the middle of the field. This, coupled with injuries to a few key players and an under performing Modric has seen some of Tottenham's flair and ability to open up teams diminish in recent weeks. Tottenham have played out two 0-0 draws in their last five and if Harry opts to try and keep it tight early on, we could see a slow start. With so much quality on show though and with Van Der Vaart and Adebayor back on the goal trail for Tottenham, it's hard to see a repeat of the goaless draw at Stamford Bridge a few weeks back.
Chelsea v Tottenham Advised Tip: Back over 1.5 goals in play at 1.7 (over 2.5 goals if an early goal is scored). This price should be hit around the 30 minute mark.
Market value tips: There are some decent goal scorer prices around for the Chelsea v Tottenham FA Cup semi and Ladbrokes may be offering their first goal scorer money back special, where if a selected player scores anytime, they refund losing first goal scorer bets. This is a good offer to take advantage of by backing two first goalscorers to return an equal amount if one hits the net (Dutching).
As mentioned, Van Der Vaart is back on the goal trail and tends to score in streaks. He can be backed to score first at 10/1 with Ladbrokes - £50 free bet or a top value 7/2 anytime with Paddypower or Hills. Didier Drogba is available to score anytime at an overpriced 10/3 with Hills if he gets the nod over Fernando Torres. Daniel Sturridge could also be a factor and another overpriced at 10/3.
I'm waiting for a price on Rafael Van Vaart to score from outside the box but we should see around 10/1 and that represents a good value longshot (excuse the pun).