Tottenham vs Chelsea
England- Carabao Cup.
Date: Tuesday, 8th January 2019.
Kick-Off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (London).
Two giants are going to clash on Tuesday in the Carabao Cup Semi-finals. Tottenham will host Chelsea in their new stadium for the first leg tie of this North-London Derby.
The hosts are very much in the title run for the Premier League. They are closely shadowing Manchester City and leaders Liverpool.
Apart from the surprise loss against Wolves, they have won all 4 of their recent 5 competitive games. Last 4 matches they played had a final score of over 2.5 goals in total. Spurs scored at least 2 goals in all their previous 5 matches as well.
A 6 match win streak was going on at home until Wolves came visiting at the end of December. But that streak will give Manager Mauricio Pochettino hope coming into this game against their city rivals.
Meanwhile, Maurizio Sarri’s side has fallen behind in the title race after some recent setbacks. He would want his team to end this season without titles. So the League Cup will be his primary target.
After a loss to Leicester, the Blues are back in business with wins over Crystal Palace and Watford. But the recent draw against Southampton has raised questions about the teams attackers. They failed miserably to convert numerous chances in the final third against the Saints.
The Blues are in great away form and are currently on a 3 match win streak on the road.
More than 2.5 goals came in 4 of their last 5 matches away from home. But Tottenham will be their toughest away opponents in the recent past. Chelsea need an away goal to take home if the second leg goes to the wire.
The hosts will have mental advantage over the city rivals as a 2 match win streak is going on. The Chelsea fans who consider Tottenham as their main rival over Arsenal and Manchester United,will want to win this match away from home.
Source : leaguelane.com