Chelsea vs Tottenham. Prediction and Preview. Probable Lineups, Team News, Stats and more

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The first leg of the English League Cup semi-final between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur is scheduled for January 5. It will take place at Stamford Bridge and start at 01:15 IST. 

The London derby and the resounding clash as it is will be played tomorrow, you can check out the preview and prediction for the meeting between these rivals on our website. We’ll tell you everything you need to know to prepare for the encounter.

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Chelsea News & Current Form:

The Londoners are five-time winners of the English League Cup. They last won the tournament in 2015 and also managed to reach the final in the 2018/19 season.

In the tournament’s first two stages, Chelsea have only managed to beat Aston Villa (1-1) and Southampton (1-1) on penalties, and in the last leg they handled Brentford (2-0) in 90 minutes.

In the Premier League, as for the Aristocrats, after 21 rounds, they are second in the table with 43 points. The goal difference stands at 45-16, with Mason Mount scoring the most goals – 7.

In recent matches, Thomas Tuchel’s side drew first with Brighton (1-1) and then with Liverpool (2-2) at home.

James, Chilwell, Christensen, Chalobah, Mendy, Loftus-Cheek, Lukaku and Werner will not play.

Tottenham Hotspur News & Current Form:

Spurs have won the English League Cup four times in their history, most recently in 2008 – their last trophy so far. In the previous competition campaign, the London club reached the final, where they lost to Man City (0-1).

In the last three legs, Antonio Conte’s side have first beaten Wolverhampton 2-2 on penalties, then defeated Burnley 1-0 and West Ham 2-1 in regular time.

In recent Premier League games, Tottenham played with the minimum score, tying the game away with Southampton (1-1) and then defeating Watford (1-0) on the road.

After 21 rounds of the EPL, Spurs are 6th with 33 points, but they still have three games in hand. The goal difference is 23-20, Son Heung-min is the top scorer with 8 goals. Romero, Bergwein and Sessegnon will not play.

Chelsea season form guide(all competitions): D-D-W-W-D-D

Tottenham Hotspur season form guide: L-D-W-W-D-W

Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur Head-To-Head Record:

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The clubs have a long history of face-to-face encounters, but we recall a single meeting this season, at which time Tottenham played under Espiritu Santo and suffered a devastating 3-0 away defeat.

Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur Predicted XI:

Chelsea Predicted XI (3-4-2-1): Kepa Arrizabalaga, Cesar Azpilicueta, Malang Sarr, Antonio Rudiger, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Marcos Alonso, Hakim Ziyech, Ross Barkley, Kai Havertz

Tottenham Hotspur Predicted XI (3-4-3): Pierluigi Gollini, Davinson Sanchez, Eric Dier, Joe Rodon, Japhet Tanganga, Harry Winks, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Sergio Reguilon, Giovani Lo Celso, Harry Kane, Son Heung-min

Statistical preview of the match Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur:

  • Chelsea have not lost eight games in a row;
  • Chelsea have drawn three straight home games;
  • Chelsea have not lost 11 home games in a row;
  • Chelsea have scored and conceded in three games in a row;
  • Chelsea have scored and conceded in seven of their previous eight home games;
  • Spurs have not lost seven in a row;
  • Spurs have lost only one of their previous five away games.

What has been said before the match:

Much of the pre-match press conference on Tuesday was about the recent Lukaku scandal, here’s what Thomas Tuchel answered :

“The situation is not small. But it’s small enough to stay calm, accept an apology and to move on forward. Maybe we will have a bit of smell still from the comments, of course, but he can handle it. There is also no other choice. He is still our player and we have good, good, reasons to make him play for us and to convince him to fight hard.” 

Antonio Conte told us:

“After the win against Watford, a good win, the mood is high. It’s important after this busy period to have a good training session, but at the same time, to give rest to the players. We’ve played five games in 13 days and many players played every game. But, yes, we are preparing well for the game against Chelsea.”

Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur United Prediction: 

We expect maximum tension from this encounter, with the final of the prestigious trophy on the line. In addition, there is the London derby, which will undoubtedly add to the voltage on the pitch. 

Given the fact that the confrontation will consist of two matches, it is unlikely that the teams will be aggressive in their first game.

Chelsea have had less time to prepare, which will hit the team badly coupled with a slew of injuries. In addition, the match against Liverpool took a lot of energy and emotion, while Tottenham quietly beat Watford on January 1, albeit in the final minutes.

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Antonio Conte’s side do not need to rush on the attack from the outset, a draw will suit them, as the return game will be held at their stadium. 

Surprisingly, Chelsea are also unlikely to give their all in this game, as the squad is in a very strange state. It is unknown whether Romelu Lukaku, who has given such an absurd interview that he has been criticised by fans of every team he has played for, will take to the pitch. 

The criticism of Tuchel has led to the fact that the Belgian may now simply not be included in Chelsea’s form for the upcoming matches. The loss of such a forward could hit the Blues’ attack hard.

Also, in recent times, Tottenham have been playing well away to Chelsea – two draws in two games. And Spurs suffered an away defeat for the Blues for the last time a year and a half ago. 

We believe that the opponents will use their attacking potential today and not leave the fans without scoring – but we still opt for a draw as the outcome of the first leg.

Parimatch News staff prediction: 

We say: match result 1-1.

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