New May date for Chelsea’s game against Spurs

They also bring forward match against Swansea because of European commitments

Chelsea's Demba Ba reacts after missing a goal attempt against Manchester City during their FA Cup semi-final at Wembley. Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

Chelsea's Demba Ba reacts after missing a goal attempt against Manchester City during their FA Cup semi-final at Wembley. Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

 

Champions League-chasing Chelsea and Tottenham will meet in the Barclays Premier League on Wednesday May 8th, it has been announced.

The fixture was moved after clashing with Chelsea’s FA Cup semi-final with Manchester City, which the Blues lost on Sunday.

Chelsea’s continuing participation in the Europa League — they meet Spurs’ conquerors Basel in the semi-finals — meant there were few available dates for the league clash.

Coming 10 days prior to the end of the season, the fixture could be decisive in the race for a top-four spot and qualification for next season’s Champions League.

A Chelsea statement read: “Our Barclays Premier League home match against Tottenham Hotspur, which was originally scheduled for Sunday, April 14th, will now take place on Wednesday, May 8th, (7.45)

“As originally planned, the game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.” Meanwhile, Chelsea’s Premier League meeting with Swansea at Stamford Bridge has been moved back 24 hours to Sunday, April 28th, due to the Blues’ Thursday night trip to Switzerland.