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It’s time for the semi-final of the Carabao Cup, and first up is the London derby of Tottenham and Chelsea. For the first leg, Tottenham are the hosts, with the game kicking off at 8:00pm local time at Wembley this upcoming Tuesday.

Home Team: Tottenham

Tottenham haven’t won a trophy since 2008 where they had beaten Chelsea in the final of this competition, and this past year marked 10 years without silverware. Tottenham are still fighting on four fronts this season, as they have qualified for the 4th round of the FA Cup, the last 16 in the Champions League and remain dark horses in the Premier League title race.

On a list of their top priorities, this competition may be the least important, but it proves to be their best chance of lifting a trophy this season. So far, Tottenham have had to edge past Watford on penalties, beat West Ham, and then their North London rivals Arsenal in the quarter final stage. Can they continue to surge past another London side to reach the final?

Away Team: Chelsea

Chelsea’s season has started to dwindle following a bright and enthusiastic start under Maurizio Sarri’s regime. However, like Spurs, Chelsea are fighting on many fronts with them having qualified for the next round of the FA Cup, and the latter stages of the Europa League. Chelsea will want to make sure they either finish in the top four, or alternatively win the Europa League to cement Champions League football back at the club for next season.

In the Carabao Cup, Chelsea have had to beat high flying Liverpool at Anfield, overcome club legend Frank Lampard’s Derby and then narrowly beat Bournemouth for a place in the final four. Chelsea’s last success in this competition was back in 2015, where they had beaten Tottenham in the final. Jose Mourinho was in charge of Chelsea that day, with Mauricio Pochettino in his first full season at Tottenham.

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Head to Head

Tottenham have won their most recent two matches against Chelsea, something that they haven’t done since 1986/1987. Tottenham haven’t won three games in a row against Chelsea since the 1960’s. Despite Tottenham having the upper hand recently in league games, Chelsea tend to have the better head to head record when it comes to cup competitions. Aside from Tottenham’s League Cup win in 2008, Chelsea have knocked Tottenham out of the FA Cup in 2017, 2012 and 2017, as well as well as beating them in the League Cup of 2015.

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The two sides have met in the semi-final stage of the League Cup back in the 2001/2002 season. Chelsea had won the first leg 2-1, but Tottenham have somehow managed to win the second leg 5-1, against the odds, to reach the final. Unfortunately for Spurs, they lost the final to Blackburn Rovers.

Prediction and Betting Tips

bet now betting on footballTottenham are favourites to get a lead in the first leg, with them at 21/20 to get a victory. Chelsea are at 5/2 to get a win, with a draw also priced at 5/2. The sides have met at Wembley on a few occasions lately, and rarely do we see a draw appear. Therefore, I am going to go against that trend, and plump for a draw in this match – and the score line I predict is 1-1 at 11/2. Many will be expecting Tottenham to win, and that added pressure will work in Chelsea’s favour.

Tottenham did lose their last home competitive match, and I think Chelsea can cause more than enough problems. For goal scorers, I would back Eden Hazard to score at any time for the visitors at 2/1, and for the hosts, you’d have to back Son Heung-min at generous 7/4 odds. Finally, to boost your earnings on a draw bet, you can also bet the halftime/fulltime bet of Draw/Draw at 9/2.

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