Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea

Carabao Cup 4th Round

At Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

On 29th September 2020

Kick-Off at 19:45 UK Time

 

Two London Rivals collide against one another in the 4th round of the Carabao Cup this Tuesday. Winning a cup always lightens up the season for the victorious side and both teams will look to progress ahead in the next round.

With Jose Mourinho having lost the last three encounters against his apprentice, will he face the embarrassment of being outdone for the 4th time, or is he going to defeat his most loved apprentice this Tuesday? Below we preview both the teams and see how the match could pan out.

 

Chelsea:

Stamford Bridge Got to witness a major overhaul of playing staff this summer. The start to the season has been a bit of disappointment for hopeful Chelsea fans.

Chelsea started their campaign with a victory against Brighton at the Amex but they were comfortably beaten by the Champions Liverpool in the game-week 2. Everything looked to be going downhill when Bartley put West Brom into an unassailable 3-0 lead just before half time. But Chelsea snatched a draw with only 120 seconds of play remaining to be concluded. A morale-boosting comeback after a humiliating first half by the Chelsea side.

 

Tottenham:

Jose Mourinho’s side have also started the season in an underwhelming manner with only winning one out of their first three encounters.

The first match proved to be an eye-opener which led Tottenham to complete a lot of transfer activity since then. They were comfortably dispatched off 1-0 by a resolute Everton side. The scoreline flattered Tottenham a lot and Jose would be happy to come out of that with their pride intact. After that, Jose’s side responded emphatically by putting 5 goals past a good Southampton side. They did concede two but scoring such high amount of goals showed the glimpses of quality this Spurs side possess. Game-week 3 saw them being a part of a major controversy where Tottenham suffered the agony of conceding a 94th minute penalty that was disposed off by Callum Wilson leading Newcastle to earn a 1-1 draw against a dominant Spurs side.

 

Previous Round Results:

Chelsea showed no mercy in the previous round when they dispatched off Barnsley 6-0 where Barnsley did put a good show of attacking football but finishing boots weren’t there while Frank Lampard and his young troops were clinical and showed no mercy when presented with an opportunity to score.

Tottenham, on the other hand, got a bye from the previous encounter due to problems of COVID 19 among some Leyton players and with ties taking place within a week; re-arrangement was just not possible for this fixture.

 

Line Ups and Injuries:

Frank Lampard is close to seeing the arrival of Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic after a long injury lay off for both the players. Ben Chilwell is back fit but he does not have the match sharpness yet and Carabao Cup presents Frank Lampard to do just that. Billy Gilmour is still a long-term absentee and will miss this massive encounter.

Frank Lampard is expected to yield the changes as their next fixture takes place this Saturday. Chelsea have great squad depth available at their disposal with the display their first team put against West Brom last Game-week, Many players would want to prove their worth to Frank Lampard.

It will be interesting to see Whether Lampard gives a chance to the new signing Eduard Mendy or do we see Caballero continue to be in the Goal.

Expected Line Up:

Mendy/Caballero,  Cesar Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva Fikiya Tomori, Ben Chilwell, Jorginho, Ross Barkley,  Ruben Loftus Cheek, Callum Hudson Odoi, Kai Havertz, Tammy Abraham.

 

Tottenham on the other hand face a barrage of fixtures within the next 7 days. They will face Chelsea on Tuesday while competing in Europa League Playoff qualifier on Thursday and then will take on Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s side this Sunday.

With all things considered above, Tottenham will not field their strongest eleven this Tuesday. Heung-min Son is not available for the match but in my opinion, even if he was fit, Jose might not have risked playing Son three times in 6 days.

Gareth Bale is still out injured but the new signing Reguilon might make his debut against the club that were also linked with his signature this summer.

Expected Line Up:

Joe Hart, Matt Doherty, Toby Alderweireld,  Davinson Sanchez, Reguilon, Harry Winks, Tanguy Ndombele, Gelson Fernandes, Dele Alli, Steven Bergwijn, Erik Lamela

 

Fixture History (Carabao Cup):

The last 4 meetings between these sides in this competition has seen each side being Victorious on 2 occasions and denting a major blow to the other side.

Tottenham’s last trophy stretches back to 2008 and they clinched that trophy against a strong Chelsea side in this competition.

Chelsea revenged the agony of losing a final by beating an exciting youthful Tottenham side 2-0 in the League Cup final in 2015.

A year Back Under Maurizio Sarri, Chelsea again knocked Tottenham out of the Carabao Cup by defeating them on penalties after aggregates getting equalled between the 2 sides in Semi-Final round.

 

Prediction:

Tottenham 2-3 Chelsea

With both sides without a host of first-team players, it could be defensively a sloppy match where in my opinion Chelsea should have enough to overcome under-strength Tottenham side. Bergwijn and Alli would give Chelsea a lot of problems and defensively Chelsea struggle a lot, especially at away grounds.

Jose Mourinho will try to sit back and frustrate Chelsea but with his concerns on the Europa League and also not having a big squad, there could be a lot of goals in this encounter. With Chelsea having Players like Tammy Abraham, Hudson Odoi, and Kai Havertz along with players likes Oliver Giroud and even probably Timo Werner on the bench, Chelsea’s squad strength is superior to Tottenham and it will be enough to secure a place in the Quarter Finals of the Carabao Cup.

 

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