Ahead of our semi-final match against Tottenham later today, here are 18 things you should know


1. The Blues have only lost one of their last five FA Cup semi-final ties, but it was in their last such appearance in 2013 (vs Manchester City).

2. Tottenham have lost each of their last six FA Cup semi-final appearances (1993, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2010 and 2012). Should they lose this, they’ll set a record for consecutive FA Cup semi-final defeats (Chelsea also six between 1920 and 1966).

3. The last time these sides met in the competition was in the 2012 semi-final, with Chelsea running out 5-1 winners en route to lifting the trophy.

4. In all competitions, Spurs have won just two of their last 16 meetings with Chelsea (D7 L7), though they did win the last game between them 2-0 in January.

5. This will be the fourth meeting between these sides at the new Wembley, making it the joint-most played fixture at the ground since it re-opened in 2007 (Chelsea v Man Utd also four).

6. Chelsea lost their last match against Manchester United – they’ve not lost back-to-back games in all competitions since April 2016 (vs Swansea and Man City).

7. Tottenham meanwhile have won their last eight games in all competitions – they’ve only enjoyed a longer such run once in their history (13 games, April-October 1960).

8. Chelsea are appearing in our 11th FA Cup semi-final in the past 22 seasons.

9. This is Chelsea’s 21st semi-final since the arrival of Roman Abramovich in 2003.

10. Chelsea have lost the past two penalty shoot-outs to Bayern Munich is the UEFA Super Cup and Stoke in the League Cup. Our last success was at the Allianz Arena in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich.

11. The Blues have won five of our previous six FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley, against Luton Town with Kerry Dixon in their side in 1994, Newcastle in 2000, Arsenal in 2009, Aston Villa in 2010 and Tottenham in 2012. Our only defeat came on our most recent visit in 2013 against Manchester City.

12. Willian is the only Blues player to start all four FA Cup games this term.

13. Antonio Conte’s side have gone 308 minutes in the FA Cup without conceding a goal.

14. Pedro is Chelsea’s top scorer in the FA Cup this season with four goals. He has also provided two assists in the competition.

15. This semi-final will be our 800th competitive match since Roman Abramovich bought the club in the summer of 2003. The 799 games to date include 492 wins, 174 draws, 133 defeats.

16. Since beating Chelsea in the League Cup final in 2008, Tottenham have won just one of their eight games at Wembley (D2 L5), beating CSKA Moscow in a Champions League group stage game in December.

17. Meanwhile, Chelsea have lost two of their last three games at the ground, with the victory coming against Tottenham in the 2015 League Cup final.

18. Son Heung-Min has been involved in more goals than any other player in this season’s FA Cup (6 goals, 1 assist).


Source: Opta via Daily Mail & Chelsea FC

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