Tottenham to Beat Chelsea in the FA Cup Semi-Final

Tottenham are no longer a side battling for a 5th place finish in the English Premier League. Mauricio Pochettino has turned his side into a winning machine and they are currently only 4 points behind Chelsea in the standings.

They are in good form and they might even turn around a deficit which only three games ago was 10 points. However, their biggest chance of winning a trophy lies in the FA Cup. For many Spurs fans this will be an ideal finish to the season and they would appreciate it as much as a punter appreciates the William Hill welcome offer.

So let’s see why Pochettino’s men should be considered as favourites ahead of the London derby in the FA Cup semi-final scheduled for the 22nd April.

A Potent Attack

Spurs have one of the most potent attacking players in Europe. In fact, they have scored on average three or more goals in their last 11 games played on home soil. They are currently the team to beat in the EPL and are the most in-form side in Europe’s five best leagues.

Players such as Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Son Heung-min, and Mousa Dembele are firing on all cylinders and they have all hit form at approximately the same time.

The only exception to this statement might be Harry Kane, but the talented English international has been out of action for 5 weeks due to injury, and has only returned to regular training about a week ago.

Even so, he has managed to score a goal and to record an assist in the match against Bournemouth and is only the fourth English striker to have scored more than 20 goals in three consecutive seasons.

Chelsea on the other hand seem to have hit a glass ceiling in terms of form and have recorded two losses in their last three matches. Diego Costa, their main attacking outlet, is completely out of form, and against Manchester United looked a shadow of his former self.

In-form Midfield

Chelsea might have a stronger midfield on paper, but Tottenham’s midfield players have hit form just at the right time, at the business end of the season. Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Mousa Dembele are performing miracles in the middle of the pitch. With Vincent Wanyama returning from injury a week ago, Pochettino is faced with a selection headache that any boss would be willing to have.

  • Stronger Defence

In all of their EPL matches this season Tottenham have conceded a maximum of two goals, making them the EPL’s meanest defence. When Danny Rose returns to full fitness this week, Pochettino will have all his defenders at his disposal.

Conte on the other hand, has suffered a huge blow in the form of injuries to Courtois and Marcos Alonso. Both of them are crucial to the Italian’s defensive plans and that was evident in Chelsea’s lackluster defending against Manchester United. Tottenham to win at 7/4 is great value and should be backed heavily.

Argentina

Argentina B, Nueva Chicago – Atl Parana

Chicago – 0,75 @ 2,04  5/10 Slikovni rezultat za daum hoch smiley

 

Away with no quality and will rotate

 

The fact of having to dispute two commitments in four days led to the coach of Athletic Paraná, Ricardo Pancaldo, to bet on the rotation of players. In this way, the DT will give rest to some values that acted in the last commitments since the santafesino assumed to the technical conduction of the Dean.

 

The alignment was not defined by Pancaldo. In yesterday’s practice the DT arranged tactical work in different lines. In all sectors there was rotation of players. However, there are indications of what training will be sought tomorrow to hit the house of one of the candidates for promotion.

Germany

Bundesliga, Hertha-Augsburg

-0,5 Hertha @ 1,94 pinny 5/10  Slikovni rezultat za daum hoch smiley

 

Hertha out of form but at home always strong, one of best home teams (lost last one vs Hoffenheim but with 10 players, before won Dortmund, draw with Bayern when Levandovski scorwd in last min for draw).. Several players long term out but few ate back: defenders Brooks (19/1), Plattenhard (22/3) and Muttelstädt (8/0). In form topscorer Ibisevuc back too (25/11)

 

Augsburg still hope to avoid relegation but there are no resaults. After 6_0 v Bayern, lost at home v 17th Ingolstadt. Key defender Hiteregger (25/2) ia today out, Gouweleeuw (df 13/1) too. I dont think Augsburg can won hier point, Hertha clear fav for me

 

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2. Bundes, Stuttgart – Karlsruhe

-1ah Stuttgart @ 1,88 pinny 5/10  Slikovni rezultat za daum hoch smiley

 

Stuttgart on the way back in Bundesliga but dont wanna ‘just  promotre’, they wanna win this league. Mane is out (19/6) but there is enough attacking power. Mf Maxim (18/1) back

 

About Karlsruhe i wrotr short when wrote pick on Nürnberg last week.. Nothing changed (Nurnberg was extrem bad that game but at end won). Karlsruhe with just one away win this season, out of form, several players out again.. I can see just Stuttgart win here, probably with hendicep..

Bundesliga II

31.3. Bundesliga 2, Nürnberg – Karlsruhe

Nürnberg – 0,5 @ 1,91 Sbo 5/10 Slikovni rezultat za daum hoch smiley

 

Watching Nürnberg often on tv or live and i am satisfied with recently games, las few ganes when the,y changed coach. Lost derby vs Fürth bu could win, won vs Arminia and last round away vs leaders lost in ast minutes. ttStill wuthout several players..

 

Karlsruhe last placed, usually with squad problems and bad form but now tree more players suspended and few injured, total 10-11 first teamers out, 5 of them team topacorers (s ored 15 of 19 team goals)

France

Metz – Bastia

 

Metz – Bastia

Friday, 17 Mar 2017, 19:00

 

Pick; – 0,5 Metz @ 2,03 Sbo  Slikovni rezultat za daum hoch smiley

Both teams in bad form and crisis but Metz at home and must mention last two games had lead till last seconds and both draw. No misaing problems) 4 not imp long term missings) and inp defender Diagne back

 

Bastia 5 players suspended and there are some other woes too

Suspended Gael Danic (mf 23/3), Yannick Cahizac (mf 21/0), Mehdi Mostefa (mf 24/0), Nicolas Saint Ruf (mf 3/0), Alexander Dijku(df 15/1).

Injured Sebastian Squillaci (df 10/0), Sadio Diallo (att 24/3, 2nd scorer)  and doubtful Farid Boulaya (mf 2/0) and topscorer Enzo Crivelli (att 17/7-maybe fit for thia gane but definitly not ready after long injury period)