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Could Chelsea and Tottenham’s FA Cup clash have an effect on the title race

Friday 21st April 2017
On Saturday the Premier League's top two will face off in an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley. The winner will play either Arsenal or Manchester City in the final and the loser's push for the title could be in serious jeopardy. This weekend's Chelsea and Tottenham game could be telling in the title race.

Chelsea have been unstoppable for most of the season but something very strange happened at Old Trafford on Sunday. The league leaders gave a lacklustre performance and even Antonio Conte seemed subdued. Their failure to threaten Manchester United was emphasised by the fact that they did not register a single shot on target in the game.

Tottenham, on the other hand, have been invincible of late. They are scoring goals for fun and with Son and Alli chipping in; there is no longer a sole dependence on Harry Kane to find the back of the net. It is hard to pick faults with the team lately, however; they have not played any of the top six since 11th February, when they lost to Liverpool. Chelsea will be the toughest test they have faced in a long time and they may adopt a few of José Mourinho's tactics from the weekend.

If Chelsea win ...


This will really hurt Tottenham for several reasons. Firstly, this is a London derby and fans will be devastated if they are knocked out by one of their closest rivals. Secondly, defeat will ruin their best chance of a trophy this season. Jamie Carragher recently said that it would be a ‘travesty' if Tottenham do not win a trophy this season because it is long overdue and exiting at this stage could really dampen the spirits in the Spurs camp.

For Chelsea, this could be a crucial psychological moment in the title race. Beating their closest challengers would be the perfect response to the Manchester United defeat. Returning to winning ways could be the confidence boost needed for them to get over the line and the prospect of the domestic double would surely motivate the team to finish the season strongly.

If Tottenham win ...


This will mean that Chelsea have lost two games in six days and Tottenham will have won their ninth game in a row. Momentum is everything in football and although Chelsea's run in is more favourable they will find it extremely tough to regain their winning mentality if they lose on Saturday. In saying this, it is possible that being knocked out by Tottenham will give the players a wake-up call and spur them on to bring the title back to Stamford Bridge.

For Tottenham, winning this game could give them the belief to beat all of their remaining opponents. This is a herculean task, with Arsenal and Manchester United still to come to White Hart Lane but realistically, Mauricio Pochettino's men cannot afford to drop any points if they want to be crowned champions.

The win could also have a significant effect on next season. It is no secret that Spurs have not played well at Wembley this campaign, finishing third in their Champions League group and being knocked out of the Europa League by Gent. A win at Wembley this Saturday could show how they are adapting to their new home for next season.

So who will clinch it?


The game is almost impossible to call. It would not surprise me if it went to extra time or even penalties because of how evenly matched these sides are. I strongly believe whoever wins here will go on to win the final and also boost their chances of winning the Premier League this season.
Robert Wiltshire
I am a Creative Writing MA graduate with a love for playing, watching and writing about football.

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