Chelsea vs Tottenham: Graeme Le Saux backs Spurs to overcome Wembley woes and win FA Cup semi-final

Tom Doyle

Tottenham have the edge on Chelsea despite struggling to perform at Wembley this season, according to former Blues defender Graeme Le Saux.

Chelsea and Spurs take a break from their Premier League title race as they face off in Saturday's FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.

Antonio Conte's Blues head into the London derby off the back of a dispiritng 2-0 defeat at Manchester United, while Spurs are in top form after closing the gap at the top of the table to just four points.

Spurs are considering whether to make a switch to Wembley for the 2017-18 season, and have yet to activate their option with the Football Association to stage home fixtures there ahead of the planned move to their new 61,000-seat ground - a project costing about £800million - for the 2018-19 season.

Mauricio Pochettino's side struggled to make Wembley their home in Europe this season after being knocked out of both the Champions League and the Europa League, but former Stamford Bridge full-back Le Saux believes Spurs will overcome those problems on Saturday.

"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," Le Saux told Betfair's blog.

"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.

"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.

Betting odds

Chelsea vs Spurs (90 mins)

Chelsea: 17/10
Spurs: 7/4
Draw: 12/5

"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."

While Le Saux has backed Spurs for the win, Pochettino's side are likely to face stiff resistance against Conte's title favourites.

"Chelsea are just as good in their own way," he said. "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."

As for how the semi-final will affect the title race, Le Saux added: "Whoever wins will be playing up its importance in the title race, but the losers will be insisting it means nothing. That's what footballers are like!"

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