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Chelsea v Spurs Tips: No Higuain but can Blues get past Poch’s men?

| 24.01.2019

Tottenham Hotspur will be hoping victories at Stamford Bridge are like London buses ahead of tonight’s Carabao Cup semi-final second-leg against Chelsea.

The North Londoners had to wait 28 years between their two most recent successes in West London, from Gary Lineker’s winner in 1990 to Dele Alli’s double in 2018.

Now they’re bidding for a second victory there in nine months which would guarantee a Carabao Cup Final showdown with Premier League title rivals Manchester City.

Match Odds

Never mind the result. Mauricio Pochettino faces a tough enough proposition picking his team ahead of this one. That’s part of the reason why our traders have the injury-ridden Lilywhites out at 19/4.

Chelsea are looking to avoid four successive defeats against Spurs for the first time in 58 years. They’re 6/10 to win inside 90 minutes, with 14/5 about the draw.

In terms of the tie as a whole, the Blues are 10/11 to qualify, against 4/5 for Tottenham.

Talking Tactics

Callum Hudson-Odoi looked like one of Chelsea’s biggest threats in the first-leg. He should get the nod again here with new arrival Gonzalo Higuain not registered in time.

Ross Barkley, Jorginho and N’Golo Kante are expected to line up in behind, with the latter retaining his role further forward in the midfield three.

Opponents Tottenham may have edged passed Fulham at the weekend but they looked toothless up-front in the absence of Harry Kane. An injury to Alli in that match only exacerbates the problem.

Misfiring Spaniard Fernando Llorente could lose his place as a result, with Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela primed to start alongside Lucas Moura in a front three.

Eric Dier and Moussa Sissoko are both in contention and could be recalled, while cup goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga will hope to extend his unbeaten run in the team between the sticks.

Goalscorer Odds

Maurizio Sarri’s men dominated the first-leg without managing to find a way through. Eden Hazard is 6/5 to change that this evening, while there’s 10/3 about the Belgian wizard scoring first.

Pedro has proved equally as threatening in recent weeks. He’s 6/4 to net his second goal in as many matches at Stamford Bridge, with Hudson-Odoi available at 21/10.

No Kane, Alli or Son Heung-Min for Spurs means the onus will fall on Moura and Eriksen. The former is a 16/5 shot, which puts him some way ahead of the 5/1 chance about the Dane.

Midfielder Harry Winks netted his first Tottenham goal in over two years against Fulham. We go 14/1 about him following it up with another here.

Match Info

Where: Stamford Bridge, London

When: 7:45pm

How to watch: Sky Sports Main Event/ Sky Sports Football

Click here for the latest Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur odds

All Odds and Markets correct as of date of publication.



Nick Murphy

Nick is a graduate of the UEA where he doubled up as the sports editor of the student newspaper. He supports Dagenham & Redbridge and previously edited the matchday programme at Victoria Road. Darts and Horse Racing are among his other favourite sports.