EFL Cup: Chelsea vs Tottenham preview, team news, prediction and tips - Smart Bettors Club
EFL Cup: Chelsea vs Tottenham preview, team news, prediction and tips
January 4
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Chelsea will welcome Tottenham to Stamford Bridge in the EFL semi-final first leg on Wednesday. The kick-off is at 21:45 CEST.

Preview

It's been two weeks since Tottenham and Chelsea saw off West Ham (2-1) and Brentford (2-0) respectively in the competition's quarter-finals. Both the Blues and Spurs have gone three Premier League games unbeaten since then with Thomas Tuchel's men beating Aston Villa (3-1) before registering back-to-back draws with Brighton (1-1) and Liverpool (2-2) and Antonio Conte's side claiming victories against Crystal Palace (3-0) and Watford (1-0) while sharing points with Southampton (1-1) in between.

Team news

It remains to be seen if Romelu Lukaku will be included in Tuchel's squad on Wednesday after being left out against Liverpool due to his controversial comments about his situation at Chelsea. The hosts' first-choice keeper Edouard Mendy, meanwhile, is unavailable as he's with Senegal for the Africa Cup of Nations. Reece James, Ben Chilwell, Andreas Christensen and Timo Werner, for their part, will play no part in this one for various reasons, mostly injuries. Cristian Romero, Ryan Sessegnon and Steven Bergwijn, in turn, remain sidelined for the visiting side.

Prediction

Even though Chelsea destroyed Tottenham 3-0 in their league head-to-head meeting earlier this season, it was Nuno Espirito Santo who sat in the Spurs dugout back then. The North London club have improved massively since Conte's appointment in November and now will be looking to take one step towards towards the EFL Cup final against the Italian manager's former side ahead of next week's second leg tie. What's more, Spurs have had much more easier schedule recently, so we'd rather give a slight advantage for the visitors in this clash which is likely to go down to the wire.

Tip

Tottenham not to lose and total under 3.5 at 2.48 with 1XBET.


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