EFL Cup : Chelsea Vs Tottenham Hotspur Match Preview, Line Up, Live Info

Tottenham Hotspur Vs Chelsea
(EFL Cup)
12.15 AM IST (UTC +5:30)
   Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Full Time
[5]-[4] Penalties
Man Of The Match - Eric Lamela
Tottenham Hotspur XI:
Lloris (c), Alderweireld, Dier, Tanganga, Aurier, Gedson, Ndombele, Sissoko, Reguilon, Bergwijn, Lamela
Chelsea XI:
Mendy, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Tomori, Chilwell, Jorginho, Kovacic, Hudson-Odoi, Mount, Werner, Giroud

Match Preview

Tottenham Hotspur play their second of three games in the space of just five days on Tuesday night when they face bitter rivals Chelsea in an EFL Cup London derby.

A place in the fifth round is up for grabs, but both teams must recover from disappointing weekend draws in the Premier League.

The dust has not yet settled on the hotly-disputed manner in which Tottenham saw victory turn into a draw against Newcastle United on Sunday.

The handball penalty decision which befell Eric Dier deep into stoppage time led to an understandable outcry from the footballing world as calls for the baffling law to be changed grew even stronger after an already-controversial weekend in that regard.

It is hard to imagine many more gutting ways to be denied victory; Spurs registered 23 shots on goal, forced Karl Darlow into 11 saves and hit the woodwork twice in a dominant display, only for the most contentious of penalty calls to gift Newcastle a 97th-minute equaliser with their first shot on target of the match - the latest any side has scored with their first shot on target since records began.

Strangely enough, the man staying quietest on the controversy is Jose Mourinho, perhaps because he knows that his side simply do not have the time to dwell on the injustice during a brutal and unforgiving fixture schedule.

Tuesday's match comes just two days after that Newcastle draw - a turnaround which would have been bad enough without this second game being a notoriously full-blooded derby against one of their most bitter rivals and arguably the team Mourinho now enjoys beating more than any other.

A Europa League tie against Maccabi Haifa then follows on Thursday to make it three games in five days, and that pile-up does not improve much when you extend the time period either - by the time the international break comes, they will have played their opening eight games of the season in the space of just 21 days.

That tally could have been even worse had their third-round EFL Cup tie with Leyton Orient last week not been cancelled just hours before kickoff due to their opponents returning positive coronavirus tests, meaning that Tuesday's match will be Tottenham's first taste of this particular competition this season.

It is a competition which poses an interesting question this season too; Mourinho was brought in to succeed where Mauricio Pochettino could not - winning trophies - and, for the fans and players, ending a trophy drought which stretches back to 2008 could be as important as returning to the top four this season.

In reality, given the money and Champions League incentive for success in the Premier League and Europa League, the EFL Cup is still likely to be at the bottom of Tottenham's priority list this season, but it also provides their best chance of silverware - an interesting dilemma and a fragile balance Mourinho must try to strike.

Of course, it is a question which may be taken out of their hands by difficult opposition in this match, and it is worth noting that Spurs are still waiting for their first home win of the season, having picked up all three of their victories so far on the road.

Chelsea are by no means in top form themselves at the moment either, though, and if they defend as they did away to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday then they are unlikely to have another stunning comeback in them.

Frank Lampard had a face like thunder after watching his side fall 3-0 down inside 27 minutes to the newly-promoted Baggies, and his mood barely seemed to have improved despite salvaging a point from that bleak position.

The Blues became the first Premier League team since February 2011 to avoid defeat after trailing by three or more goals at half time, and in the end had to be happy with the draw from that position.

However, there is no getting away from the fact that they would have gone into the game thinking that a point was a poor result, while the error-strewn performance raised yet more questions over the defence.

Chelsea have spent lots of money this summer but whether they have strengthened in the areas they needed to most remains to be seen, although summer arrivals such as Ben Chilwell and Edouard Mendy should bolster their leaky backline.

Regardless of whether they improve going forward, the stats right now make grim reading for Lampard, whose side travel to North London having kept only one clean sheet in their last 15 away games across all competitions.

Chelsea's best performance of the campaign so far came last week in this competition when they ran out 6-0 winners over Barnsley, with hat-trick hero Kai Havertz the star of that particular show.

However, they have been knocked out at this stage of the competition in three of the last five years, including last season when they slumped to a home defeat at the hands of Manchester United.

Spurs fans will remember fondly that Chelsea were their opponents in the 2008 final of this competition, when Jonathan Woodgate's header handed the club their most recent major trophy.

The two sides also met in the 2015 final, with Chelsea winning on that occasion, and Spurs have only made it past the fourth round once in five seasons since then.

Sports Track Score Prediction

CHELSEA  [ 2 ] - [ 1 ]  TOTTENHAM

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