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Tottenham vs. Chelsea Carabao Cup Semi-Final 1st Leg Preview

Will we able to reach the final this season?

This time last year we faced off against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup semi-final and those were legs with several chances and missed opportunities by Morata. Quite literally those two games might have caused the most damage to his chances at Chelsea. Anyways we were knocked out, Arsenal were then thrashed in the final by Man City, and are season went from bad to worse and then ended on a decent note by winning the FA Cup. This season Chelsea head into the semi-final’s as perhaps the underdogs and no matter how good we are being underdogs is where we like it.

Tottenham have had a season of highs and lows, they started off brilliantly and then went into a spell of bad form both domestically and in the Champions League. They then pulled off a couple of brilliant performances to edge into the knockout stages of the Champions League and then topped that off with thrashing wins in the Premier League which took them up to second. Spurs then dropped back down into third by losing to Wolves 1-3 at Wembley but bounced back with a 3-0 away win at Cardiff. During the weekend they beat Tranmere Rovers 0-7 away from home. Spurs main threat like many of the top six teams lies in their attack with players like Kane, Son, Alli, Eriksen, and Moura all running rampant, Kane and Son have especially been prolific in recent weeks. Alli, Kane, and Son all scored against us in our 3-1 loss at Wembley in the Premier League this season so the players definitely need to balance the scales on this one. Tottenham have had an all London journey in the cup this season having beat Watford on penalties, and then West Ham 1-3 away and then Arsenal 0-2 at the Emirates. Tottenham will pick a strong lineup for this one but also have an eye on the game against United during the weekend. 

As far as cup games go Chelsea have actually done brilliantly against Tottenham over the last few years. 2018 was not a great year as far as Spurs related fixtures go but in 2017 we did beat them 4-2 at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final. Chelsea have the advantage in many cases as we play the second leg at home but a win is a must if we want to progress into the final. We had a poor start to the New Year with a draw at home to Southampton but bounced back with a win against Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup. The problem for Chelsea has been similar to what Barcelona used to face when they played against us and that is how to break down teams that park the bus against you. We lack that creative spark and clinical finish and unless either of that comes from Hazard we usually end up drawing the game or losing it. This is why the game against Nottingham Forest was important as Hudson-Odoi showed that he could provide that threat from the right wing position. A tough task as any to beat Tottenham at Wembley but it is a cup game and we are the underdogs and when those two go together something usually lights up inside the Chelsea team. 

Chelsea Team Preview

Chelsea will most likely be without Giroud, Pedro, Willian, and Loftus-Cheek for the game although we should have Kovacic back for our midfield. Fabregas said farewell in the game against Forest and Jorginho was anyways rested so that he could start this game. Kepa, Azpi, Rudiger, and Luiz should be accompanied by Emerson instead of Alonso because of the attacking threat he possess but knowing Sarri we might have to see Alonso play in the position. Jorginho, Kante, and Kovacic should make up the midfield, and Hazard, Morata, and Hudson-Odoi should make up the attack as there is no one else, but more importantly because Hudson-Odoi, and obviously Hazard should start even when everyone is fit. Ampadu should feature on the bench alongside Christensen etc. 

Tottenham Team Preview

Alli and Son started the game against Tranmere Rovers but most of the other starters were rested and Poch should bring them back for this game. Alli or Son might feature from the bench if Poch decides to keep some legs fresh for the United game. 

Starting XI Prediction

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These games are always one to pump up the crowd and Chelsea will want to get a good first leg in so they can seal of the second. Hudson-Odoi and Hazard to shine maybe Morata to score Chelsea to win! COME ON YOU BLUES!!!

 

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