Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur Betting Tips & Predictions – Thursday 24th January 2019

On Thursday we will find out if it’ll be Chelsea or Tottenham joining Manchester City in the final of this season’s League Cup. The all-London semi-final is finely poised as things stand with Tottenham taking a slender one-goal advantage with them to Stamford Bridge.

For Tottenham, this tie provides them with an opportunity to hand the Blues some revenge following two recent cup defeats. Not only did Chelsea beat them in the 2014 League Cup final but also in the semi-final of the 2017 FA Cup. Will more knockout pain come the way of Spurs or can they go one step closer to ending their trophy drought?

Top Tips

Chelsea to Win @ 3/4

Chelsea to Win to Nil @ 2/1

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Chelsea News: Hazard waiting for Real Madrid

Chelsea's Stamford Bridge Stadium from Behind Goal
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Kristof Terreur is the gold standard source when it comes to news involving Belgian players. Very rarely off the mark, the Belgium born journalist claimed that his friend, Eden Hazard has rejected two new contract offers from his current employer. The 28-year-old’s deal expires in 2020 and it appears that time may be ticking on his Chelsea career. He’s previously spoken about a dream move to Real Madrid and now he seems prepared to press the issue. A move this January remains unlikely but there is a growing chance the Blues will lose their star man in the summer.

Batshuayi remains surplus to requirement

Despite the fact that neither Alvaro Morata nor Olivier Giroud have exactly hit the ground running this season, Maurizio Sarri has been unwilling to consider Michy Batshuayi as an alternative option. The former Marseille striker has been offered to a number of Premier League clubs and has even agreed a deal in principle with Monaco. Although he flopped during a recently terminated loan stint at Valencia, the likes of Everton and West Ham have reportedly shown interest in the 25-year-old. Even if a deal is not struck before Thursday, don’t expect the ‘Batman’ to play any part for Chelsea in this match.

Tottenham Hotspur News: Sissoko and Kane both sidelined

Tottenham Hotspur Manager Mauricio Pochettino
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Tottenham have several big matches coming up but they may have to face several of them without Moussa Sissoko and Harry Kane. Last season an injury to Sissoko would not have been of any real concern but the Frenchman has been such an influential figure for Tottenham during the current campaign. A groin strain is expected to keep him out for at least a couple of weeks and it will be even longer before Kane makes his comeback. The initial announcement stated he would be out until March but the optimistic striker, who does tend to recovery from injuries quickly, is targeting a February return.

Analysis: Spurs to go all out in search of silverware

Although this is not the most prestigious competition a Premier League side can win, rest assured that neither team will take this match lightly. The clash perhaps has greater significance for Tottenham though as silverware has so far evaded boss Mauricio Pochettino. The lack of tangible success is often the main criticism of his time in charge, so the Argentine will be desperate to put things right in order to show the world his side do have that winning mentality.

Tottenham absences to make the difference

You could see how closely matched these two clubs were when meeting earlier in the month but the balance of power will shift towards Chelsea in this second leg match. Not only do they have the advantage of playing at home but Spurs are without several key men due to injuries or international commitments. Having made no transfers in the summer, Pochettino doesn’t have the depth to fully cope with these recent losses. Dropped points to Leicester and Southampton show the Blues are not infallible at home but they have tended to raise their game against the bigger clubs. Facing another stern challenge, Sarri’s men will be fired up for this test and should be backed for the win (3/4).

Spurs to be denied vital away goal

Chelsea defended shambolically when they took on Spurs in the league but they looked far more assured during the semi-final first leg. Antonio Rudiger in particular was an absolute rock, helping to snuff out the danger of Harry Kane. Spurs hardly had a sight at goal after going 1-0 up and that was with their full strength attacking line-up. Missing both Kane and Son this time, it is easy to see the visitors not being able to break down what is usually a solid Blues defence. Sarri’s side have conceded just twice in their last nine matches at Stamford Bridge making a win to nil seem excellent value at 2/1.

Recent Matches

A draw or better would be enough for Tottenham to secure progression to February’s EFL Cup final. Avoiding defeat is something the north Londoners have done on four of their last nine visits to Stamford Bridge so history suggests this upcoming clash could go either way.

8th January 2019: Tottenham Hotspur 1 – 0 Chelsea

The use of VAR did not help rid this game of controversy. The big issue arose when Kepa Arrizabalaga brought down Kane inside the box. Few disputed the foul but there were strong calls made for offside. TV viewers were shown an image of the striker level with the last man but an irritated Maurizio Sarri later found an angle that suggested otherwise. Kane received the benefit of the doubt from the officials and dispatched the resulting penalty in a game that produced few other talking points.

24th November 2018: Tottenham Hotspur 3 – 1 Chelsea

Spurs were rampant when Chelsea made the trip to the national stadium in the Premier League back in November. Strikes from Alli and Kane after just 16 minutes put the game beyond the Blues. Son added a third 10 minutes after half time, with Giroud pulling one back for the away team late on.

1st April 2018: Chelsea 1 – 3 Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham won at Stamford Bridge for the first time in 28 years when these two London teams last went head-to-head. Alvaro Morata gave the Blues a 30th minute lead, but Christian Eriksen’s sublime strike on the stroke of half time levelled the game at the break. It was all about Alli in the second period, with the England man scoring twice to give the Lilywhites a rare and priceless win at the Bridge.

20th August 2017: Tottenham Hotspur 1 – 2 Chelsea

At Wembley back in August of last season, Chelsea left with all three points thanks to a Marcos Alonso brace. The Spaniard put the away side in front on 24 minutes, but an own goal by Michy Batshuayi with eight minutes left gave Tottenham hope. Up stepped Alonso two minutes from time to grab his second of the game to give Chelsea a 2-1 win.

22nd April 2017: Chelsea 4 – 2 Tottenham Hotspur

The pair also squared off in an Emirates FA Cup semi-final back in April 2017. In a pulsating game at Wembley, goals from Willian (2), Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matic were enough to give the Blues a 4-2 win in a six-goal thriller. In the Premier League that season, Chelsea won 2-1 at Stamford Bridge before Tottenham beat the Blues 2-0 at the Lane.

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