Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea
The FA Cup
Sunday April 15; 18:00
John Terry and Ashley Cole are available for selection having been passed fit to play in Chelsea’s FA Cup semi-final showdown against Tottenham.
Branislav Ivanovic will begin his three-match suspension after being handed a ban for lashing out at Wigan’s Shaun Maloney last week, while Oriol Romeu and Ryan Bertrand will also miss out illness and injury respectively.
For Tottenham, manager Harry Redknapp has only two fully fit centre-backs Michael Dawson and Younes Kaboul injured and Ledley King struggling, however Scott Parker should be fit to play having missed the 2-1 defeat against Norwich on Monday.
Modric desperate for cup success
Luka Modric says he wants to make it third time lucky when he steps out on the pitch at Wembley this weekend for Tottenham’s FA Cup semi-final showdown against Chelsea on Sunday.
Modric has enjoyed success at the home of English football with Croatia, beating England in a Euro 2008 qualifier five years ago, however with Spurs the former Dinamo Zagreb midfielder been far less fortunate.
Modric was part of the team that lost to Manchester United on penalties in the Carling Cup back in 2009 while he was also tasted a defeat a year later as Spurs lost in the semi-finals of the FA Cup to Portsmouth.
Now the diminutive playmaker is hoping to taste success with his club side at the third attempt at a stadium he holds close to his heart.
"It's a great venue, a great pitch and the atmosphere is amazing," he told Tottenham’s official site. "I can say that it’s one of the best stadiums I’ve played in.
Before he can dream of a holding the FA Cup aloft this season, the Croatian international must first help Spurs navigate their way past Chelsea, something they have been unable to do so far this season.
Both league encounters between the two sides ended in draws, but Modric – a transfer target for the Blues last summer – believes Spurs have what it takes to go one better this weekend.
"This is a big game for us, we want to play in the final,” he said. “We have already played Chelsea twice in the league and they both finished with draws.
"We just need to take the positives from those games and believe in ourselves and try to win the game. It will be a little bit different this time, cup games are always different to the league, but we believe in our quality and hope that we will reach the final."