Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea is always an absorbing contest for two fierce London rivals. At stake on Sunday is an FA Cup final and a chance for both teams to inject some life into a rollercoaster campaign.
It looks like they’re already battling for the last remaining Champions League qualifying berth, but victory this weekend is the more pressing concern.
Chelsea defenders John Terry and Ashley Cole have been passed fit for the Wembley match. Right-back Branislav Ivanovic misses the game as he begins a three-match suspension.
Ryan Bertrand (calf) and Oriol Romeu (illness) are also out, while Younes Kaboul’s knee injury means Spurs manager Harry Redknapp only has two fully fit first-team centre-backs.
Ledley King’s chronic knee problems could rule him out as he struggles to play more than once a week and he started the 2-1 defeat by Norwich City on Monday, while Michael Dawson is sidelined for the season with ankle ligament damage
Midfielder Scott Parker is likely to be available after he missed the loss to the Canaries, but playmaker Niko Kranjcar has picked up a knee injury that rules him out of the trip to Wembley.
It is 21 years since Tottenham won the FA Cup for the eighth time in their history. Only Manchester United (11) and Arsenal (10) have won the silverware more often.
Chelsea still have the chance to become only the second club to complete the double of FA Cup and Europe’s premier club competition, following Manchester United’s Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup treble achievement in 1999.