Tottenham and Chelsea open this Tuesday, January 8, the semifinal round of the 2018/2019 edition of the League Cup of England. They will play at Wembley Stadium, starting at 18h (Brasília time), in the first leg of the duel. The return leg is scheduled for January 22 at Stamford Bridge, also in London.The tournament, which is of the lowest rank among the squabbles in the country, is the first to appoint the champion in the season and has a different regulation for the semifinals. While in all other stages the definition is made and single and eliminatory confrontation, at this stage the decision is in the knockout system that considers the goal balance and the qualified goal (marked as a visitor) as tie-break criteria.
To reach the semi-finals stage, Tottenham had to go through a scare early in their opening match. Having made their debut in the third round of the English League Cup, the home side were 2-2 with Watford, taking the equalizer 44 minutes into the second half when the opponents was at a numerical disadvantage (Kabasele had been expelled eight minutes earlier). He advanced by winning the decision on penalties.In the Round of 16, he had a London rival as an opponent. Acting as a visitor, he scored 3-1 at West Ham. In the quarterfinals, another local classic. This time at Wembley, he took revenge on Arsenal, who had defeated him shortly before the English Premier League, scoring 2-0.The third meeting with a London club could pave the way for a decision against Manchester City and Bolton, who will make their first semi-final match on Wednesday, January 9.The game before the semi-final could not have been more exciting for Tottenham. On Friday, January 4, the club made its debut in the traditional England Cup. As a visitor, he applied a 7-0 defeat at Tranmere, advancing to the knockout stages of the competition.In the English Championship, also can not complain of its performance. He is in third place with 48 points (16 wins and five losses). Of breaking, secured a place in the round of 16 of the Champions League of Europe. It will face, in February, Borussia Dortmund.All this with a lean cast at the hands of coach Mauricio Pochettino and suffering many injuries with injuries. For the duel of this Tuesday, there is an extra drop due to the dispute of the Glass of Asia. Forward Heung-Min Son is in the service of his national team and depending on South Korean progress will only come back in February. In the medical department are the defender Jan Vertonghen and the midfielders Mousa Dembélé, Eric Dier and Eric Lamela.
Chelsea did not have such a significant result in their FA Cup debut but also secured their place in the last 16. On Saturday, January 5, at home, he confirmed his favor against Nottingham Forest and won 2-0.In the League Cup of England, the biggest difficulty, as happened with Tottenham, so far happened in the debut, which was also in the third stage. Against Liverpool at Anfield Road, the London side were at a disadvantage and made a comeback in the final minutes of the second leg securing the score by scoring 2-1.In the last 16 at home, he passed Derby with some difficulty, making it 3-2. In the quarterfinals, once again at Stamford Bridge, he made Bournemouth his new victim and won 1-0.
In the English Championship, it occupies the fourth place with 44 points (13 wins, five draws and three defeats) accumulated. His fight in international competitions is in the Europa League. It’s in the second phase, the first in the knockout system. He’s going to pick up Malmo from Sweden in February.For the meeting of Tuesday, coach Maurizio Sarri has doubts about injury problems midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Pedro and William; and striker Olivier Giroud.
Football Prediction of the Day Tottenham vs Chelsea
This will be the second edition of the London classic in season. The first took place on November 24 and also had Wembley Stadium as its venue. It was worth the first round of the English Premier League 2018/2019 and ended with Tottenham’s 3-1 victory.
After 21 matches played in the English Championship, the difference of four points that separates the teams shows that the technical quality presented by the teams is next. However, Tottenham have achieved more peak performance times. Therefore, the prognosis in the victory of the owners of the house appears as the best option for this Tuesday’s match in the opening of the semifinals of the League Cup of England in its edition 2018/2019.
Bet Tips: Tottenham wins