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Antonio Conte returns to Stamford Bridge as Tottenham manager

Julien finney

Free football tips, best bets and analysis for Chelsea vs Tottenham in the EFL Cup Semi-Final first leg.

Where to look

Sky Sports Main Event & Football, 7:45 p.m.

Best bet

To design
1pt 5-2 bet365, Betfair

Marcos Alonso to book
1pt 11-4 bet365

Team news

Chelsea
Romelu Lukaku could be set to return after positive talks with Thomas Tuchel following his controversial interview as goalkeeper Edouard Mendy prepares for the Africa Cup of Nations. Also absent are Reece James, Ben Chilwell, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Andreas Christensen and Timo Werner.

Tottenham
The Spurs remain without Cristian Romero, Steven Bergwijn and Ryan Sessegnon.

Match preview

Although often seen as the least important major honor Premier League clubs can win in a season, the EFL Cup has become more important for Chelsea and Tottenham ahead of their first leg meeting at Stamford Bridge.

The Premier League title had been the main goal for Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea around a month ago, when the club were 11-4 to finish first.

But a streak of four draws in five league games coupled with a relentless run from Manchester City has seen Chelsea drift to 35-1 in the market outright, meaning this trophy could instead represent their best chance at earn money.

The same goes for Tottenham, who are aiming for their first trophy since 2008 and left the Europa Conference League in the group stage earlier this season.

The semi-final meeting will also mark the first return to Stamford Bridge for Tottenham boss Antonio Conte since he was sacked by Chelsea, whom he led to the Premier League title in 2017, and a case under high pressure seems likely.

With that in mind and given the importance of the fact that the two clubs are still tied in the second leg, the draw could be worth supporting.

These teams have played a total of ten Premier League standoffs this season while Chelsea have struggled to kill home teams in recent times – Burnley, Manchester United, Everton, Brighton and Liverpool have all won draws at Stamford Bridge since the beginning of November.

Romelu Lukaku looks like he worked things out with manager Tuchel, but he might not be in the best frame of mind, while Timo Werner is also out, meaning the Blues could miss out. bite in the last third.

Chelsea needed penalties to take out Aston Villa and Southampton in the opening rounds of this competition and under Tuchel they are generally wary of bigger clubs.

Tottenham have yet to lose a domestic game under Conte, who has become the club’s first boss to go unbeaten in his opening eight league appearances.

Chelsea will be well aware of the challenge posed by their North London rivals and close competition is at stake at Bridge.

Away from the main match markets, backing Marcos Alonso to be shown a card might be a decent selection.

There have been 16 yellow cards distributed in the last four meetings between these two teams and Alonso has racked up four in the Premier League himself this season.

Key statistic

Chelsea have drawn in the Premier League this season.

Internal information

Chelsea

Penalty shooter Jorginho
Free kick assistant Marcus Alonso
Aerial threat set-piece Antonio rudiger
Card magnet Antonio rudiger

Tottenham

Penalty shooter Harry kane
Free kick assistant
Eric Dier
Aerial threat set-piece
Harry kane
Card magnet
Sergio Reguilon


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FIRST PUBLISHED AT 3:00 PM, JANUARY 4, 2022



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