The first EFL Cup (or Carabao Cup) semi-finals sees Tottenham take on Chelsea, with the first-leg taking place on Tuesday 8 January at 8.00. The fact it’s an all-London derby should put plenty of bums on seats at Wembley for what could be a match played with plenty of passion.
Whether Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino leaves Tottenham at the end of the season is irrelevant and the Argentinean knows it’s about time Tottenham won a trophy after 11 seasons without one.
Meantime, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri would also love to claim a trophy in his first season at Stamford Bridge.
Tottenham’s EFL Cup Record
Tottenham have won the EFL Cup four times, with the last of those wins coming in 2008. That win was also the last piece of silverware Tottenham won. However, they have finished runner-up in the interim, losing to Chelsea 2-0 in 2015.
Chelsea’s EFL Cup Record
Chelsea’s 2015 EFL Cup Final win over Tottenham was also their last win in the competition, but that was one of five victories overall, with three of those coming this century. They also have a good record when getting to the final, ironically losing just the once to Tottenham 2-1 in the 2008 final.
Tottenham vs Chelsea Head-To-Heads
You can take as big a sample as you like when it comes to head-to-heads but the only one that has been played under the two current managers was earlier this season when Tottenham won 3-1. Tottenham took a 2-0 half-time lead before scoring first in the second-half before Chelsea made it 3-1 late on.
Tottenham also won the previous match at Stamford Bridge 3-1, though they came from behind there to secure the win.
Tottenham Current Form
Tottenham have had their goalscoring boots on recently, knocking seven past Tranmere, three first-half goals past Cardiff, five past Bournemouth, and six past Everton in their last five matches. However, just as they got themselves within challenging distance in the Premier League, they slipped up losing 3-1 at home to Wolves.
Chelsea Current Form
Chelsea also have the players to score three or four goals a game but Chelsea’s recent matches have been low-scoring affairs. Wins against Watford, Crystal Palace, and Nottingham Forest have been hard-fought, whilst their lack of goalscorers has cost them dearly in a 0-0 draw with Southampton and a 1-0 defeat by Leicester. However, having stifled the Manchester City attack earlier this season, they are capable of better.
Tottenham vs Chelsea EFL Cup Over/Under Goals Betting
This is a tough match to call, with contrasting current styles meaning it will be the team that can impose their tactics on the match that will come away with the spoils. Tottenham are likely to try and outscore Chelsea in their current form, whilst Chelsea will be happy to draw and takes their chances back at Stamford Bridge in the second-leg. So, we can only hope Tottenham can grab two first-half goals like last time and that the game opens up. Therefore, as I’m forever the optimist, I’ll take 2/1 or better about there being more than 3.5 goals.
Tottenham vs Chelsea Over/Under Goals Tip:
More Than 3.5 Goals @ 3.00 Betdaq, Smarkets
Tottenham vs Chelsea EFL Cup Anytime Goalscorer Betting
A tight Chelsea defence might make it difficult for Harry Kane to score, and Dele Alli is often the Tottenham player that relishes finding the space to unlock those types of situation. He’s scored three goals in his last two games against Chelsea and looks a value-bet to get on the scoresheet.
Tottenham vs Chelsea EFL Cup Anytime Goalscorer Tip:
Dele Alli @ 4.10 Unibet, Betway
Tottenham vs Chelsea Bookings Markets
One of the most interesting Tottenham vs Chelsea stats I’ve read this week is that Harry Kane has been booked in all but three of the 10 matches he’s played against Chelsea. That’s a remarkable stat and, with the Tottenham Captain desperate to get his hands on a trophy, he might just get over excited enough to land this bet at decent odds.
Tottenham vs Chelsea To Be Shown A Card Tip:
Harry Kane @ 8.50 Betfair SB