Carabao, EFL or simply League Cup. The little brother of the FA Cup has been known by many names in the past. Earlier, the cup had sometimes even missed the additional title Milk, Coca Cola, Carling or Capital One, depending on which sponsorship contract the “Football League” could pull ashore. Over the years, the importance of the League Cup decreased more and more. Not only for the Premier League clubs, it was a welcome opportunity to help the second series to match practice. At the latest, however, when the teams reach the semi-finals, the attitude to this cup competition changes abruptly. Now everyone wants to win the “thing” too. In the semifinals, despite the away-play mode, there is no away goal rule, but everything is still open between Chelsea and Tottenham.
Football Prediction and Tips Chelsea vs Tottenham
Although the Spurs won the first leg after a days later still heavily discussing VAR decision with 1-0, but Chelsea against Tottenham seems to be according to odds of various betting favorite to the finals. This is also what the past speaks for. In four out of the last five appearances, when Chelsea had to play the first semi-final away, the Blues moved into the final even though only one of these matches was won (two draws, two defeats). Overall, Chelsea reached the finals seven times, taking home the trophy five times. As clear as the bookie’s tendency is, at Chelsea against Tottenham our prediction goes in a different direction.
Chelsea – Statistics & Current Form
“This defeat happened because of our mentality,” Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri said after a 2-0 away defeat in the London derby at Arsenal. By publicly criticizing Sarri and stressing that the actors are extremely difficult to motivate, Sarri is on thin ice. Especially since the players criticized by him in their career have won far more than the Italians. It seems hard to imagine that Sarri can win this “fight”, because if the coach, whose job it is to motivate players, the professionals no longer achieved, a separation is not far away. Week after week, Sarri reveals how resistant to learning he is. No one can understand why N’Golo Kante, a world champion and two-time Premier League champion, is not playing in his position. Jorginho still can not cope with the intensity of the Premier League. Since Arsenal did exactly as almost every opponent in the last weeks and Jorginho from the game, jumped out despite 60 percent possession, only one shot on goal in minute 82 out. Nevertheless, Chelsea is against Tottenham according to odds for the tip on a finals favorite.
Eden Hazard is also wasted as a “false nine”. Of course, Oliver Giroud is not the answer to all questions, but with the moment Sarri replaced the Frenchman with Arsenal and Hazard was free to move back into his position, Chelsea was better. Mateo Kovacic comes on only two assists this season but, like Marcos Alonso or Willian, who has been weak for months, plays every game. Especially for Kovacic the coach would have strong alternatives with Ross Barkley or Ruben Loftus-Cheek. But Sarri is too predictable, which also shows that he switched on Saturday for the 17th time Barkley for Kovacic. Sarri puts everything on the map Gonzalo Higuaín. Everything should get better with the Argentine. Since the change of the striker is not yet fixed, the registration deadline for the League Cup game was missed. If it does not work out with Higuaín, Chelsea will probably be back in the house for a change of coach. Many fans would now welcome this, they are dissatisfied with the overall situation, which also concerns dealing with young players like Abraham or Hudson-Odoi, the board level or the general transfer policy. It solidifies the impression that Chelsea is currently the worst run top club in Europe.
Expected team of Chelsea:
Kepa; Alonso, Luiz, Rüdiger, Azpilicueta; Jorginho, Ridge, Barkley; Pedro, Hazard, Willian
Last matches of Chelsea:
- 19.01.2019 – Arsenal Vs. Chelsea 2: 0 (Premier League)
- 12.01.2019 – Chelsea Vs. Newcastle 2: 1 (Premier League)
- 08.01.2019 – Tottenham Vs. Chelsea 1: 0 (League Cup)
- 05.01.2019 – Chelsea Vs. Nottingham Forest 2: 0 (FA Cup)
- 02.01.2019 – Chelsea Vs. Southampton 0: 0 (Premier League)
Tottenham – Statistics & Current Form
On Sunday night in the small London derby away at Fulham injured another Spurs key player with Dele Alli and falls out for up to six weeks. Previously, top striker Harry Kane, who will miss the Spurs until March, has already caught the spot. As Son Heung-min is staying with South Korea until further notice at the Asian Cup, the Spurs are currently missing 27 of the 48 Premier League goals. However, apart from the League Cup match on Thursday and the Champions League quarter-final first leg in mid-February against Borussia Dortmund, the Premier League fixture with duels against Crystal Palace, Watford, Newcastle and Leicester is good for the Spurs, especially Lucas Moura and Moussa Sissoko v Chelsea, where Tottenham is just an outsider, according to odds, to be expected back. How difficult it is for Tottenham to win games, especially without Kane and Son, was revealed at the cellar child from Fulham.
Although the league’s best away team met the Premier League’s weakest defense, Tottenham were very fortunate to win the match with the final action of the match. Especially since Fulham should have received two penalties. So there was the first victory since March 2014 (3-2 against Southampton) in a Premier League game for Tottenham, in which neither Kane nor Son were available. Dele Alli was directly involved in 47 percent of Spurs scores when Harry Kane was unable to play (seven goals in 15 games). The League Cup semi-finals reached the Spurs this season for the 15th time. Only Liverpool gets even more semi-final appearances (17). Tottenham reached the final in 2015 final and lost there against Chelsea. The last of a total of four League Cup triumphs was in 2008. If Chelsea beat Tottenham after our prediction, the Spurs will get another title chance. Besides the injured Kane, Son and Alli, Moussa Dembele is also no longer available. Tottenham sold the Belgian for eleven million pounds to Guangzhou from China.
Expected team of Tottenham:
Gazzaniga; Davies, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Trippier; Winks, Eriksen, Sissoko; Lamela, Moura
Last matches from Tottenham:
- 20.01.2019 – Fulham Vs. Tottenham 1: 2 (Premier League)
- 13.01.2019 – Tottenham Vs. Manchester United 0: 1 (Premier League)
- 08.01.2019 – Tottenham Vs. Chelsea 1: 0 (League Cup)
- 04.01.2019 – Tranmere Vs. Tottenham 0: 7 (FA Cup)
- 01.01.2019 – Cardiff City Vs. Tottenham 0: 3 (Premier League)
Chelsea vs Tottenham Direct Comparison
Head-to-Head: 68 Chelsea Wins – 40 Draws – 54 Tottenham Wins (162 Competitions)
Overall, Tottenham and Chelsea are playing for the tenth time in a League Cup game. Before this season, this duel was last in the final 2015. Tottenham won three matches so far, Chelsea won four times. In addition, both parted twice in a draw. In the League Cup semi-final, it is the third time Chelsea against Spurs (previously 1972 and 2002). Only the pairing Arsenal against Tottenham were more common in the League Cup semi-final. In the Premier League Tottenham won three of the past four games against the Blues and this season for the first time since September 1963 three competitive games in a row.
Chelsea vs Tottenham Betting Tips & Predictions
Looking at the recent performances of both teams, it is hard to see why Chelsea v Tottenham, according to odds of the bookmakers, the blues favorites. Chelsea has not been playing good football for weeks and became predictable under Sarri. The Spurs have already beaten Chelsea twice this season, but both times at Wembley Stadium. Had the Spurs not cope with the failures of the stars Kane, Alli and Son, the matter would probably be clear on Thursday. But even so, there is still enough quality in the Spurs team to cope with the finals.
Key Facts – Chelsea Vs. Tottenham tips
Tottenham won the recent three competitive games against Chelsea
Both clubs reached the final in 2015 the final
Chelsea with only two wins from the last five competitive games (2-1-2)
Tottenham would already be with a draw, which is quite possible. The Spurs are in the Premier League, the best away team and remained in this season in 34 official games only twice without own goal. Therefore, at Chelsea against Tottenham our prediction is a draw.
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