Kick-off: 1945, 24/01/2019
Stadium: Stamford Bridge
TV: Sky Sports
Maurizio Sarri will demand a response from Chelsea in Thursday’s EFL Cup semi-final second leg and that could spell trouble for injury-hit Tottenham.
The Blues were blasted by their manager following a disappointing Premier League defeat at Arsenal but can show their true worth back on home turf.
With Spurs missing several key players, we like 19/20 for the hosts to overturn a 1-0 first-leg deficit and qualify for the final as our initial Chelsea vs Tottenham prediction.
A Look At Chelsea’s Betting Odds
Sarri’s first season at Stamford Bridge started with such promise, but the Italian must now lift his players after a difficult period.
Saturday’s 2-0 loss at Emirates Stadium prompted a strong outburst from Sarri, who described his players as “extremely difficult to motivate”.
The Blues have won only two of their last five games in all competitions and failed to score in three of those.
However, David Luiz insists there is still confidence in the new manager’s style of play.
He stated: “I believe in it, I trust in it, so I just know we have to improve, like every team in the world.
“What he has done has been amazing, so we have to try to improve the details now…everybody is with him.”
We’re hoping Sarri is tempted to go for a more attacking line-up here, with the likes of Ross Barkley, Olivier Giroud and Callum Hudson-Odoi waiting to come in from the start.
This is a golden opportunity for such flair players to shine against a depleted Spurs outfit, so 8/5 for the hosts to win by more than one goal in normal time takes the eye from the Chelsea vs Tottenham odds.
A Look At Tottenham Hotspur’s Betting Odds
Tottenham just about got away with missing Harry Kane and Son Heung-min when snatching a last-gasp 2-1 triumph at Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday.
However, it was a far from convincing display by Mauricio Pochettino’s men and a hamstring injury for Dele Alli only adds to their problems.
Eric Dier returned as a substitute at Craven Cottage after spending over a month out following surgery to remove his appendix and insists Spurs will soldier on.
He said: “Every team gets injuries; we have to deal with it, we’re not sulking about it or feeling sorry for ourselves.”
However, Fernando Llorente looked short of sharpness up front, Lucas Moura must recover from a niggling knock, while selling Mousa Dembele to Chinese Super League side Guangzhou R&F was another blow.
Spurs have now scored in 19 straight away games this season, but let’s add 12/1 for a 3-1 home win to our Chelsea vs Tottenham betting tips.
Arsenal 2-0 CHELSEA
Fulham 1-2 TOTTENHAM – Dele Alli, Harry Winks
Head-to-head: Tottenham 1-0 Chelsea, Tottenham 3-1 Chelsea, Chelsea 1-3 Tottenham, Tottenham 1-2 Chelsea, Chelsea 4-2 Tottenham, Tottenham 2-0 Chelsea
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