Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur : Tottenham look to advance to the Carabao Cup final as they face Chelsea this evening. Having a one-goal lead on aggregate, Spurs have the upper-hand but must bring their best game if they are to move on.
== MATCH INFO ==
England – EFL Cup
Team : Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur
Date : Thursday, January 24
Start Time : 2:45 Pm Et
Tottenham were the victors in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semis, winning with a 1-0 scoreline. The single goal came from a Harry Kane penalty. Spurs looked like the better team throughout the match and had a few good chances outside of the penalty. Even with a healthy Eden Hazard, Chelsea struggled to produce in Tottenham’s third with their best chance coming from who else but Andreas Christensen.
A similar low-scoring game would be ideal for Spurs as some of their best attackers are out of the match- Kane, Dele Alli, and Heung-Min Son. Fortunately, their defense is back up to full strength. Poch will be able to choose his best back 4 or 5 among some of the Premier League’s best defenders.
Because Tottenham has a weaker attack and a strong defense, there is every indication that the scoreline will be very similar to the first leg result. Sanchez and Alderweireld will be able to keep Hazard quiet, as they did before.
Perhaps to ensure a clean sheet Pochettino won’t have Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier play so far up the sides. Those two and Moussa Sissoko should prioritize stifling Wilian and Pedro. Poch could look at some tape of Arsenal’s clean sheet victory over Chelsea from last Saturday to get an idea for strategy.
If a clean sheet is a won, another penalty or a single goal from Christian Eriksen or Lucas Moura could be all that is needed. With that, Tottenham would advance to the finals.
The Chelsea vs Tottenham match will take place this evening- January 24- at 19:45 local time. The Stamford Bridge contest can be viewed via Sky Sports Main Event or ESPN+.