Kick-off: 1945, 29/09/2020
Stadium: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
Jose Mourinho has a great EFL Cup record but Tottenham’s hectic fixture list makes it hard for him to take the competition seriously this term.
Spurs face Maccabi Haifa in a Europa League qualifier on Thursday and then visit Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday, so something surely has to give.
Frank Lampard fielded a strong team when Chelsea thrashed Barnsley in the last round and has a big squad to choose from.
We’re happy to take 19/20 for an away win as our first Tottenham vs Chelsea prediction.
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Tottenham received a lucky break when Leyton Orient had to forfeit their third-round tie due to positive coronavirus tests.
However, they have still had a busy early schedule, making European trips to Bulgaria and North Macedonia in between Premier League duties.
Sunday’s 1-1 top-flight draw with Newcastle at this venue was dominated by another controversial handball decision, which gifted the Magpies a last-gasp equaliser.
Mourinho remained tight-lipped, stating: “I don’t want to comment, I just don’t want to. My team did a fantastic match, I cannot ask more from the players.”
The Tottenham boss will be keen to bounce back, but the overriding belief is that he must pick and choose his battles at present – and this tournament is down the pecking order!
“I would like to fight for the Carabao (Cup) but I don’t think I can,” he said.
“We have a game on Thursday that gives us not as much money as the Champions League, but the group phase of the Europa League gives us a certain amount that, for a club like us, is very important.
“I think you can imagine that with a game on Thursday that decides a very important thing for us, I think the EFL made a decision for us.
“They didn’t even create a problem – they made a decision for us. So that’s the decision.”
Last Spurs line-up: Lloris, Doherty, Sanchez, Davies, Hojbjerg, Winks, Dier, Lo Celso, Son, Kane, Moura.
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Chelsea are also coming off a frustrating Premier League result, with Saturday’s 3-3 draw at West Brom regarded as two points dropped.
The Blues do deserve credit for fighting back from 3-0 down at the break, though, with Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Tammy Abraham on target.
Abraham, who tapped in an injury-time leveller, told the club website: “We went in at half-time and everyone was a bit down and so the manager had to lift us up.
“He said that as a team we had to lift each other, and you could see that in the performance in the second half.”
Defensive errors plagued Chelsea last season and they have again been let down by lapses in concentration early on this term.
However, they have won four straight encounters with Tottenham and are favoured by the timing of this meeting.
Kai Havertz hit a hat-trick versus Barnsley last week, when Abraham, Ross Barkley and Olivier Giroud also netted, so Lampard will be eyeing another confidence-boosting victory here.
Let’s finish off our Tottenham vs Chelsea betting tips by taking 18/5 for the Blues to oblige 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1.
Last Chelsea line-up: Caballero, Silva, Tomori, Azpilicueta, Emerson, Barkley, Kovacic, Mount, Havertz, Abraham, Hudson-Odoi.
TOTTENHAM 1-1 Newcastle – Lucas Moura
West Brom 3-3 CHELSEA – Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Tammy Abraham
Head-to-head: Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham, Tottenham 0-2 Chelsea, Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham, Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham, Tottenham 1-0 Chelsea
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