League Cup Semi-Finals: Chelsea vs Tottenham preview

Chelsea and Tottenham are fighting for the last available spot in the League Cup final, the two sides clash at Stamford Bridge on Thursday to decide which of them will battle Manchester City for the trophy. The first leg produced a 1-0 victory for Tottenham thanks to a controversial penalty kick that was converted by Harry Kane. The two sides have also met in the Premier League in November, and Tottenham won that match 3-1 at Wembley Stadium in London with goals from Kane, Dele Alli and Son Heung-Min. That was the third consecutive win for the Spurs against the Blues, and the fourth in the last six direct matches in all competitions.

Chelsea are going through their most difficult period of the season, manager Maurizio Sarri is upset with his players and made his feelings known publicly after last week's 2-0 defeat at Arsenal in the Premier League. Before that defeat the Blues managed to squeeze past Newcastle at Stamford Bridge, a 2-1 victory that was obtained mostly thanks to Willian's brilliant winning goal. Ruben Loftus-Cheek is the only injury concern for the Blues, but Sarri will probably choose to shuffle his pack considering they have a difficult match at Bournemouth in the Premier League on Sunday.

Tottenham are doing pretty well in terms of results, but they are going through a major injury crisis as both Dele Alli and Harry Kane are now out of contention for a few weeks. They did lose 1-0 at home against Manchester United in the Premier League two weeks ago, but they recovered with a 2-1 victory at Fulham on Sunday and consolidated their third place behind Manchester City and Liverpool. Victor Wanyama and Moussa Sissoko are also out injured, while striker Son Heung-Min is still away on international duty at the Asian Cup. Lucas Moura could recover in time for this match, otherwise Fernando Llorente will be the one who leads the attack for the Spurs.

Probable line-ups:

Chelsea: Arrizabalaga - Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Christensen, Alonso - Kante, Jorginho, Barkley - Hudson-Odoi, Hazard, Willian

Tottenham: Gazzaniga - Trippier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies - Eriksen, Winks, Dier, Nkoudou - Llorente

My prediction: 1-1 draw, Tottenham should be able to hold on to their advantage from the first leg.

Here are the odds for the match at Bet365:

Chelsea win - 1.61
Draw - 4.20
Tottenham win - 6.00

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  • Bulgaria sharpe


    I didn't saw that one but in fact the end result didn't surprised me at all despite it's been a penalty shoot out drama.

    Spurs have been lacking character for years in the biggest games...and I don't mean just in the Pochetino era but when you're a so highly rated manager (especially by the media) there's have to be some end product i.e trophies to show for...otherwise your just the best of the loosers.

    I'm not saying Pochetino didn't made a great job at Spurs over the years but they've had quite a few chances like that and they didn't get single one of those...it's about believe and character and not about luck or even class at this later cup stages.

    By the way the chairman Levy didn't been of any help to Pochetino by not granted him any spending funds lately but that also could of be explained by the construction of the new stadium.

    Maybe it's time for them to invest....or the way down could be quite fast.

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