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STAR PREVIEW Tues: Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea

The new football season is only a couple of weeks old yet a packed schedule means we’re already in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup with Tottenham facing Chelsea tonight. Onlookers might be slightly surprised to see Chelsea odds on to take victory in what is a notoriously betting competition, but this is a squad competition above all else and the congestion of the fixture list could give the Blues an advantage tonight.

Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea
Carabao Cup Fourth Round
19:45 Sky Sports Football / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HD

(Maximum 10 matches, since 2010)
FEB 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham
DEC 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 0-2 Chelsea
FEB 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham
JAN 2019 CARABAO CUP Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham
JAN 2019 CARABAO CUP Tottenham 1-0 Chelsea
NOV 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 3-1 Chelsea
APR 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 1-3 Tottenham
AUG 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 1-2 Chelsea
APR 2017 FA CUP Chelsea 4-2 Tottenham
JAN 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 2-0 Chelsea
NOV 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham

Spurs were given a bye to get to this round after Leyton Orient suffered a COVID-19 outbreak but this match is still the third of five fixtures Tottenham have to play in 11 days. Thursday sees them face Maccabi Haifa for a place in the Europa League and it could well be that Jose Mourinho priories that encounter over this one, especially as Harry Kane is sure to be even more vital after Heung-Min Son’s hamstring injury – there’s also the prospect of playing Manchester United in the Premier League next week.

Indeed, Mourinho has already said that the Europa and Premier League is more important for Spurs and that could open the door to a Chelsea side packed with options. We got pretty much the whole Chelsea experience at the weekend as they went 3 goals down to West Brom before staging a late comeback to steal a point, and once again their options going forward will be their main weapon.

Frank Lampard is keen to get minutes into a number of new signings to bring them upto speed and put out a very strong side against Barnsley, with new arrival Kai Havertz (who was one of the better Chelsea players at the weekend) scoring a hat-trick whilst Tammy Abraham scored one and assisted two along with goals for Ross Barkley and Olivier Giroud.

Callum Hudoson-Odoi – who played a big part in Chelsea’s comeback at the weekend including scoring the third goal – also started there whilst Mason Mount was also involved from the start and we could see the same names again, perhaps with Timo Werner upfront although Lampard is spoilt for choice with three strikers in contention. We could also see minutes for Ben Chilwell too, as Lampard aims to plug the left side of his defence.

Defensively their problems look set to continue for the foreseeable future – Thiago Silva looked short of match practice when gifting West Brom a goal Andreas Christensen was almost as bad, and Marcos Alonso was deservedly hooked at half-time – so Spurs should definitely fancy getting on the scoresheet regardless of who plays in goal (between Willy Caballero and new signing) Edouard Mendy but a shootout suits the visitors who can progress to the next round.

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