Chelsea v Tottenham EFL Cup betting preview and tips

20:45 Thu 24 Jan
Football
England
EFL Cup
Tip: Under 2.5 Goals
Units: 1/5
Odds: -111

Tottenham are the 1.44 favourites to qualify for the EFL Cup final after landing a 1-0 victory at Wembley Stadium in the first leg of their semi-final clash against Chelsea.

Spurs were good value for that triumph and the layers consider them likely to be meeting Manchester City at Wembley despite the fact that they only have a slender advantage ahead of their trip to Stamford Bridge.

The problem for Chelsea is that conceding a goal against their London rivals would leave the Blues needing to score at least twice during normal time and then potentially one more in extra-time due to the lack of away goal from the first leg.

Maurizio Sarri was left to bemoan a contentious offside call at Wembley which saw Harry Kane run through before being felled by Kepa and converting from the spot to give his team this slight advantage.

Mauricio Pochettino knows what his team need to do in order to reach the final. Namely to keep things tight defensively and look for ways to find the net which would put the tie out of reach as far as Chelsea are concerned.

Son Heung-Min remains part of the squad until he shortly jets off to compete in the Asian Cup, while Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen have started to find some seriously good form in the middle of the park and it also appears that Paulo Gazzaniga is now first choice ahead of Hugo Lloris.

Chelsea continue to rely on Eden Hazard to make things happen and the Belgian is likely to be heavily monitored during this clash, with Spurs knowing that nullifying him will go a long way to making progress to the final.

With this in mind, we will punt Under 2.5 Goals in this clash and expect a low-scoring affair between two sides who won’t want to give much away for different reasons.

BETTING TIP
Under 2.5 Goals @ 1.90 with bet365