Chelsea FC vs Tottenham Hotspur
Carabao Cup, England
Date: Thursday, 24th January 2019
Kick off at 8.30pm UK
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Taking a 1-0 lead in the first leg, Tottenham Hotspur will try to maintain their advantage over Chelsea. Playing at home, The Blues are set to give their all in turning things around and grab that ticket into Carabao Cup final.
Chelsea FC v Tottenham Hotspur Probable Lineups
Here are the probable lineups for both teams as they go into the second leg of their Carabao Cup semifinal second leg fixture at Stamford Bridge next Thursday.
Expected Formation: 4-3-3
Probable Lineups: Kepa(gk); Azpiculeta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso(def); Kante, Jorginho, Ross Barkley (mid); Hudson-Odoi, Hazard,Willian(att)
Expected Formation: 3-4-2-1
Probable Lineups: Gazzaniga(g);Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen(def); Trippier, Dier, Winks, Rose(mid);Eriksen, Lamela(att mid); Llorente(att).
After their first leg meeting, both Chelsea and Tottenham have been involved in two premier league matches. Here are a better look at how have they been performing in recent games as they gear up for the exciting midweek cup clash.
Recent form in all competition (last five matches): DWLWL
Since the start of new year, The Blues have been having a mix of results with two victories, two defeats along with one draw. One of that defeat were their first leg loss against Tottenham earlier this month.
In the next two games after that first match up defeat, The Blues go on to get one victory over Newcastle United and losing their latest league fixture against Arsenal.
Recent form in all competition (last five matches) : WWWLW
Tottenham have been in a better form of late, winning four games and only suffering one defeat in their recent five games.
In their latest two league fixtures after winning the first leg semifinal tie, Mauricio Pochettino’s side picked up a defeat against Manchester United, before winning their last match against Fulham.
The Blues’ recent defeat from Arsenal created a bit of tension around Maurizio Sarri’s squad as the Italian publicly voicing out his disappointment over his players performance.
Alvaro Morata might not be available due to his imminent transfer move, but there’s still uncertainty on whether Gonzao Higuain will be able to participate or not. If the Argentinian’s transfer is not done yet, Sarri will most likely put Hazard as a false nine once again, while giving Hudson-Odoi a chance on the wing.
Only experiencing one defeat so far in 2019, Pochettino’s side can considered themselves in an excellent form ahead of the midweek cup clash. However, injury issues continue to pile up for the Lilywhites with Dele Alli’s recent hamstring problem.
Having many absentees in their squad, Tottenham will be counting on Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela to help Fernando Llorente getting the goals on Thursday.
Head to Head Records:
Tottenham are edging Chelsea in their last five meetings with the Lilywhites winning three while The Blues picking up two victories.
The two sides recent battle at Stamford Bridge happened in the Premier League and it was won by Spurs in a comfortable 3-1 scoreline.
Tottenham have the upper hands in both sides’ three recent meetings as they won all of them including that 1-0 result in the first leg. However, The Blues will be eager to take down Pochettino’s men and turn the tie around.
Playing at Stamford Bridge can give an extra lift for Sarri’s boys as they try to exploit Spurs’ injury situation. The visitor themselves are ready to give their best shot and secure that ticket into Carabao Cup final.
Final Score Prediction: 1-1