Kick-off: 1945, 12/01/2022
Stadium: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
Chelsea already have one foot in the EFL Cup final and head to Tottenham for the second leg of their semi-final with a 2-0 lead.
Kai Havertz netted his fifth goal of the campaign before Ben Davies put through his own net in the first leg at Stamford Bridge, leaving Spurs with a lot to do in the return match.
That was followed by a poor Spurs performance against Morecambe in the FA Cup so we’re backing the Blues to also win the second leg at 2.50 as our opening Tottenham vs Chelsea prediction.
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Tottenham are fortunate to still be in the tie after Chelsea squandered a hatful of chances to enjoy a more commanding victory at Stamford Bridge.
It was a miserable return to his former club for Antonio Conte and the Italian pulled no punches in comparing his struggling Spurs side to the European champions.
“Look, Chelsea last season won the Champions League,” said Conte, laughing. “And in this season they invested much more money to improve the team.
“So I think this is enough to understand the difference between us and them. We need time, so much time, we need so much time, before trying to resolve the situation.
“You can resolve the situation in only at least a year. I have a bit of experience, and also speak the facts.
“We need to stay as a unit, and try to rebuild an important situation for Tottenham. If we said the transfer window in January would solve our situation, we’d be telling you a lie.”
The lack of depth in the Tottenham squad was highlighted on Sunday when they were 16 minutes away from one of the biggest FA Cup upsets in recent memory.
Spurs had to send on the big guns and goals from Harry Winks, Lucas Moura and Harry Kane rescued the Premier League side in a 3-1 victory.
They have failed to score in their last four meetings with Chelsea and have managed just two goals in seven encounters during the last three seasons.
Looking at the 4.33.
Chelsea were without several first-team regulars last week but still dominated as an absentee-induced 4-3-3 formation paid big dividends for boss Thomas Tuchel.
He was then able to rest defenders Cesar Azpilicueta, Toni Rudiger and Marcos Alonso for the 5-1 FA Cup win over Chesterfield.
The returning Romelu Lukaku was amongst the goals, tapping in debutant Lewis Hall’s low cross, and the striker also missed three gilt-edged chances before being withdrawn at half-time.
That suggests he will start again here as he returns to fitness and favour and, with Spurs having to push for goals, Chelsea have the attacking quality to make the most of any gaps at the back.
Lukaku is keen to get back in the good books with the fans so we’ll back the Belgian to score first at 6.00 as the last of our Tottenham vs Chelsea betting tips.
CHELSEA 5-1 Chesterfield – Timo Werner, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Romelu Lukaku, Andreas Christensen, Hakim Ziyech (pen)
TOTTENHAM 3-1 Morecambe – Harry Winks, Lucas Moura, Harry Kane
Head-to-head: Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham, Tottenham 0-3 Chelsea, Tottenham 0-1 Chelsea, Chelsea 0-0 Tottenham, Tottenham 1-1 Chelsea
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