Carabao Cup Match Preview: Chelsea vs Tottenham
Kick-off: Thursday, Jan 24, 2019. 19:45 GMT
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Chelsea are yet to beat Tottenham Hotspur this season, as Spurs have won both games between the two sides, 3-1 and 1-0 respectively. However, both games have been played at the Wembley Stadium.
Chelsea will host Tottenham at Stamford Bridge for the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final clash. The Blues go into this game trailing Spurs, having lost the first leg 1-0.
Chelsea have had to battle Liverpool, Derby County and Bournemouth to reach the semi-final of the Carabao Cup, and the Blues need to win this game by more than a goal margin to go through to the final.
Chelsea’s form heading into this game is questionable as the Blues have lost two of their last three games and another defeat will not augur well at Stamford Bridge, especially against a London rival.
Head to head meetings between Chelsea and Tottenham haven’t been favourable for Chelsea in recent times, with Spurs having won the last three games. It was Mauricio Pochettino’s side who also ended Chelsea’s unbeaten start to the season.
Chelsea have not lost consecutive home games against Spurs in all competitions since March 1982, and the Blues will be hoping to keep that record intact.
Eden Hazard will be a man to watch out for as the Belgian has been directly involved in six goals in his seven League Cup games (3 goals, 3 assists).
The winner of this game will meet Manchester City in the final, who defeated Burton Albion 10-0 on aggregate.
Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Moussa Sissoko and Heung-Min Son will not be available for the game, with the two England internationals both out until March with injuries and Son away at the Asian Cup.
For Chelsea, Ruben Loftus-Cheek is still likely out with a back injury, and Gonzalo Higuain who recently completed a move to Chelsea will not feature for the Blues as his anticipated signing was not completed in time to be registered for the game.
Paul Merson has backed Chelsea to win this game.
The Sky Sports pundit said: “It’s a good time to play Tottenham. If you could say before the game that you can pull out three players from that team, then it would be Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Heung-Min Son, along with Christian Eriksen. I’m not Moussa Sissoko’s biggest fan either but he has been playing well for them and he’s out too.
“I still think Tottenham have got a chance, I don’t see Chelsea blowing anyone away at the moment with the way they’re playing.
“Tactically with Chelsea, I don’t think there’s a plan. Maurizio Sarri plays the same way every week, and over the last few weeks they’ve struggled to break teams down. They’re not making 10-15 chances a game, and it’s going to be difficult. It’ll be a hard game.
“But because of the injuries to Spurs, I think Chelsea will just about edge it.”
Merson believes Chelsea will win the game 2-0.