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Prediction: Tottenham vs Chelsea

Tom Dunstan in Free Soccer Predictions 11 Jan 2022

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Verdict: Chelsea draw no bet

Best Odds: 19/20

Bookmaker: Unibet

Looking to finish off the job on Wednesday night and book their spot in the final of this year’s EFL Cup, Chelsea will make the trip to rivals Tottenham on Wednesday night.

Tottenham

Starting with the hosts, while Tottenham might have managed to extend on their FA Cup adventure over the weekend, Spurs will know that they avoided a major upset on home soil. Having to mount a late comeback after falling 1-0 down to League One relegation scrappers Morecambe, Antonio Conte has been vocal about the level of his squad over the past week. Although the Lilywhites might have found an immediate boost under the former Chelsea boss, they have once again shown some recent signs of an issue. Hit with a deserved 2-0 defeat when they made the trip to Stamford Bridge for their first-leg meeting last week, Tottenham will know that they face another stern test here. Only just coming past Watford and Southampton on either side of entering 2022, it should also be noted that Spurs have failed to win any of their last 10 straight meetings against the Blues, a run that stems all the way back to January 2019.

Team News

Coming off the bench against Morecambe, the likes of Harry Kane and Lucas Moura are expected to make their return to Conte’s starting XI in midweek.

Suffering a real injury blow, Son Heung-min is expected to miss the remainder of the month.

Chelsea

As for the visitors, extending on their own FA Cup adventure over the weekend as they breezed past National League outfit Chesterfield on home soil, Chelsea will be confident of finishing off the job here. While Thomas Tuchel’s side might have shown some brief issues over the past month, they are still in the midst of a 10-match unbeaten run across all formats. Mounting a stellar comeback at home against Liverpool on January 2nd as they snatched a 2-2 draw, the former PSG boss will be calling on his side to keep up their New Year’s momentum in midweek. Although the defending European champions might find themselves in a real uphill battle in this season’s Premier League title chase, Chelsea still have a real chance to claim a piece of silverware. More than deserving of their 2-0 victory when they welcomed Spurs to Stamford Bridge last week, it should also be noted that Tuchel’s side have lost just a single domestic away fixture all season.

Team News

Chelsea are still sweating over the fitness of both Thiago Silva and N’Golo Kante on Wednesday night.

The Blues will once again be without the likes of Reece James, Ben Chilwell and Trevoh Chalobah who are all still dealing with injury issues.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two sides faced off at Stamford Bridge last week, Chelsea picked up a 2-0 victory.
    • Likewise, the Blues are unbeaten in each of their last 10 meetings against Spurs, a run that stems back to January 2nd.
    • Tottenham have managed to win just one of their last three Premier League meetings against Premier League opposition.
    • Spurs have also recorded a clean sheet in just a pair of their last seven matchups across all formats.
    • Chelsea have lost just a single domestic matchup away from Stamford Bridge throughout 2021/22.

    Conclusion

    While Tottenham might have managed to avoid a real banana skin against League One relegation scrappers Morecambe, Spurs have shown some recent issues. Suffering a deserved 2-0 defeat when they made the trip to Stamford Bridge last week, Chelsea will be smelling a chance to finish off the job on Wednesday night. Looking to lay down another marker across the capital in midweek, the defending European champions have found a boost since opening the New Year. Building off of their eye-catching comeback against Liverpool on January 2nd, it should also be noted that Tuchel’s men hold a rampant record against Spurs. Now unbeaten in each of their last 10 meetings against the Lilywhites, an away drawn no be appears at attractive odds here.

    Verdict: Chelsea draw no bet 

    Best Odds: 19/20

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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