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FA Cup semi-finals: Terry, Cole and Drogba start, Parker returns for Spurs

John Terry and Ashley Cole are fit for Chelsea's FA Cup semi-final clash with Tottenham at Wembley and both start.

Terry (cracked ribs) and Cole (ankle) trained in the run-up to the game, but right back Branislav Ivanovic is suspended.

Didier Drogba starts, with Fernando Torres on the bench. 

Spurs have only two fully fit first team centre backs. Younes Kaboul has a knee injury, but Ledley King starts despite a knee problem.

Niko Kranjcar also has a knee injury and misses out, but Scott Parker returns after missing the game against Norwich and Aaron Lennon starts. Carlo Cudicini is in goal against his former club.

Tottenham: Cudicini, Gallas, King, Walker, Assou-Ekotto, Bale, Lennon, Parker, Van der Vaart, Modric, Adebayor. Subs: Friedel, Nelsen, Rose, Livermore, Sandro, Giovani, Defoe.

Chelsea: Cech, Cole, David Luiz, Bosingwa, Terry, Ramires, Lampard, Mikel, Mata, Drogba, Kalou. Subs: Turnbull, Cahill, Essien, Malouda, Meireles, Torres, Sturridge.

Three FA Cups in six years for Chelsea
In 145 meetings between these two sides, Chelsea have 60 wins compared to Tottenham's 49, after both Premier League games between the two clubs this season ended in draws.

The Blues have won the FA Cup six times - and three times in the last six years. They have only lost two of their last 32 FA Cup games, with one of those defeats being settled on penalties.

This is Chelsea's 20th FA Cup semi-final appearance. They have gone on to reach the final on 10 occasions so far.

Chelsea - who face Barcelona on Wednesday in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final - still have a chance of becoming only the second club to secure a Champions League and FA Cup double, with Manchester United the only other team to manage that feat as part of their treble-winning season in 1999.

Chelsea caretaker-manager Roberto Di Matteo won the FA Cup twice with the Blues, in 1997 and 2000. Chelsea have won eight and drawn two of their 11 games since Di Matteo was put in charge.

And he says the side are fully focused on Sunday's FA Cup semi-final at Wembley, despite the huge task ahead in midweek.

'Massive game'

"Whatever it takes for us to reach the final, we will do," he said. "We want to win and are looking forward to the game.

"We are going to play it at the best of our ability and strength. This is a massive game for the players, the team and for the club, and for our supporters. A big, big game for us."

He added: "Nobody will have Barcelona at the back of their minds. We are going to be focused on the FA Cup on Sunday, to try and reach the final."

Tottenham had the upper hand in FA Cup meetings with Chelsea until the Blues won the 2007 quarter-final replay at White Hart Lane, to make it four wins apiece. The two sides met in the 1967 FA Cup final, with Spurs winning 2-1.

Tottenham have won the FA Cup eight times, their last success coming in 1991, but they have lost their last five semi-finals. Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is hoping he can secure the second cup success of his career this season, after Portsmouth's FA Cup triumph four years ago.

"It's about time we won another trophy," said Redknapp. "This is a great opportunity for us to go all the way this year. On our day we can beat Chelsea. We can beat anyone."


Both games at Wembley Stadium

Saturday 14th April (kick-off 12:30)

Liverpool 2-1 Everton

Sunday 15th April (kick-off 18:00)

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