The FA Cup semi-finals get off to a bang today as the two top teams in English football face off under the arch at Wembley Stadium with Premier League leaders Chelsea and their title rivals Tottenham looking to book their place in the final.
The semi-final tie can, of course, have no mathematical impact on the Premier League title race, there is a sense that today’s tie could well give whomever comes out on top the mental boost to seal the title come the end of May, with the Blues currently four points better off than their London rivals.
With that in mind, both managers will be desperate to send a clear message to their counterpart in the FA Cup this evening, and here is the line-up Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has gone with:
Our starting team today is Courtois; Azpilicueta (c), David Luiz, Ake; Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Willian, Batshuayi, Pedro. #CHETOT
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) April 22, 2017
Having scored 13 goals and conceded just the one in their last four outings, there is little to moan about at Tottenham, and here is the XI Mauricio Pochettino has selected to take on the league leaders:
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) April 22, 2017