Tottenham vs Chelsea Carabao Cup Predictions

Carabao Cup Tottenham vs Chelsea
Tottenham vs Chelsea EFL Cup

The match is over.
Score: 1-0.

Tottenham Hotspur will hope to secure a first leg lead over Chelsea when the two London rivals go head-to-head in the semi-finals of the EFL Cup on Tuesday evening.

Predictions

It’s now over a decade since Tottenham Hotspur last landed some silverware, winning this competition back in 2008, and boss Mauricio Pochettino will be keen for that run to end.

Spurs head into the tie in fine form, with a shock defeat to Wolves over the festive period the only stain on their unlikely challenge for the Premier League title.

Pochettino’s men have reached the last four of the EFL Cup the hard way after seeing off three Premier League opponents in Watford, West Ham United and Arsenal.

Chelsea lag behind their city rivals in the league but are also in good nick having been defeated just once in their last seven in all competitions.

Maurizio Sarri’s charges disposed of Premier League leaders Liverpool before edging past Derby County and Bournemouth to progress to the semi-finals.

It should all make for a well-balanced cup game on Tuesday evening but, though the betting sites find it hard to pick a winner, Tottenham could repeat their 3-1 win which came earlier in the campaign.

Betting Tips

Six of the last seven matches between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea have seen both teams scoring, with 26 goals scored in that time – an average of almost four a game. Both teams have plenty of attacking depth – particularly Tottenham who have scored 15 goals in their last four matches.

Tottenham have already tasted victory over their London rivals this season with a 3-1 win on home turf back in November. Maurizio Sarri has favoured playing a weakened team in this competition but will find his options limited after injuries to the likes of Olivier Giroud, Pedro and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Statistics

Head to Head

These two teams have already met at Wembley Stadium in the Premier League this season, with Tottenham running out convincing 3-1 winners. Chelsea prevailed in the same fixture last season, though, as a Marcos Alonso double handed them a 2-1 victory. The Blues and Spurs can’t be separated in the last 10 meetings between the teams – with each winning on four occasions.

Stats

  • Son-Heung Min has three goals and two assists in Tottenham’s last five EFL Cup matches.
  • Tottenham have drawn just two games in all competitions this season, with both of those results coming in the Champions League.
  • Only Liverpool (8) have won the EFL Cup on more occasions than Chelsea (5).
  • Tottenham’s Dele Alli has scored six goals in his last five games against Chelsea.

A life-long Bury fan, Clay has realized his dreams of seeing his boyhood club reach the lofty heights of Premier League glory are very unlikely. Though currently living in London, Clay never misses the opportunity to watch his team on the stream. Often spotted at centre-back in Sunday League, Clay has settled for reporting on the top teams throughout Europe. He has recently taken a liking to the NFL, and hopes to be able to attend an NFL game at Wembley this year.

All Predictions by Clay McGibbon

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