This FA Cup semi-final kicks off a monster three-game week for Chelsea, but they should be confident prior to facing Tottenham given their formidable record in the competition against fellow Londoners.
Roberto Di Matteo faces a monumental task juggling his squad and though the FA Cup clash may seem the least important on paper, it will be treated as no starter ahead of the bigger dishes that follow.
Silverware would boost the Italian’s chances of taking over the reins full time and history suggests Chelsea enjoy facing capital rivals in the FA Cup.
Victories have arisen in their six all-London encounters since a 3-3 draw with Spurs in 2007, including a success over Arsenal in the semi-finals en route to lifting the trophy in 2009. They are 7/4 to enjoy a seventh.
Meanwhile, many of the Chelsea squad will surely have redemption on their minds following their extra time Carling Cup final defeat to Spurs in 2008, the last time the pair collided in a cup competition.
Tottenham, who are 17/10 to triumph, were dumped out by Londoners last season when thumped 4-0 by Fulham, and a league loss at home to Norwich was disastrous preparation for a game of this magnitude.
Three of the last four meetings between Tottenham and Chelsea have produced two goals or fewer, the one exception coming in a match where Salomon Kalou scored the third in the 89th minute.
Under 2.5 goals is available at 5/6, while backing against both teams to score looks another attractive option at 11/10. Just one of the last eight FA Cup semi-finals has finished with both participants having found the net.
Frank Lampard has grabbed the opener in two of the Blues’ last three fixtures and is 9/1 to break the deadlock once again at Wembley.