Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Chelsea v Tottenham

Mark Lawrenson is backing Chelsea to reach the FA Cup final on Saturday at the expense of Tottenham

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte Photo: Screengrab

Mark Lawrenson is backing Chelsea to reach the FA Cup final at the expense of Tottenham – but only after extra-time and penalties.

The two north London clubs are set to do battle at Wembley on Saturday afternoon as they look to progress through to the final against wither Manchester City or Arsenal.

Chelsea head into the game looking to return to winning ways after the disappointment of their 2-0 loss to Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

Spurs, meanwhile, are in fine form and are preparing for the match having closed the gap to Chelsea at the top of the table down to just four points thanks to their 4-0 win over Bournemouth.

Former Liverpool star Lawrenson is expecting a closely contested affair between the two sides at Wembley but is backing Chelsea to edge to victory.

Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Lawrenson said: “Chelsea struggled last weekend in their defeat against Manchester United, and since then it has emerged that some of their players were suffering from a virus.

“I quite like the fact that Blues boss Antonio Conte did not use it as an excuse after the game, and I also don’t think they will play as badly again here.

“FA Cup semi-finals are horrible games to play in because all everyone is thinking about is how the final is so close.

“They are nearly always tight and this one will be the same. I am going to go with Chelsea to win it – but it will be very extremely close.”

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Chelsea are looking to win the Premier League and FA Cup in Antonio Conte’s first season at the west London club.

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