Chelsea FC vs Tottenham: Prediction, kick off time, TV, live stream, team news, h2h results - match preview

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Chelsea and Tottenham collide tonight in the first leg of their all-London Carabao Cup semi-final.

Though there were calls for the ties to be played over one leg amid the fixture pile up caused by Covid-19 postponements, the EFL have stuck with the traditional two-legged format, with the victors to face either Liverpool or Arsenal in the final.

For Thomas Tuchel, the match has taken on added importance after a difficult Christmas period that has seen the Blues slips ten points behind Manchester City in the Premier League title race.

For Antonio Conte, meanwhile, this competition may represent his best chance of ending his first season in charge of Tottenham with an elusive trophy.

Date, kick-off time and venue

Chelsea vs Tottenham is scheduled for a 7:45pm GMT kick-off tonight - Wednesday, January 5, 2022.

The match will be played at Stamford Bridge in London.

Where to watch Chelsea vs Tottenham

TV channel: Tonight’s match will be televised live on both Sky Sports Football and Main Event, with coverage beginning at 7pm.

Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will also be able to watch the game online via the Sky Go app.

LIVE coverage: Keep up to date with all of the action with Standard Sport’s dedicated match blog. Malik Ouzia will be providing updates from Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea vs Tottenham team news

Tuchel has a decision to make over Romelu Lukaku, after the striker was dropped for Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Liverpool following an explosive interview in which he spoke of being unhappy at Stamford Bridge.

It has been confirmed that Lukaku will return to the squad after apologising, but whether he starts or has to make do with a place on the bench remains to be seen.

Timo Werner was also missing as he returns from a Covid absence and the German remains a major doubt, while Reece James and Ben Chilwell are still injured and Edouard Mendy has left to join up with Senegal ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations.

Trevoh Chalobah is out, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Andreas Christensen are doubts.

For Tottenham, Cristian Romero, Ryan Sessegnon and Steven Bergwijn remain out but Conte has no fresh injury concerns following the weekend’s late win over Watford.

However, Spurs have been waiting on follow-up PCR tests on two players, including one of their key men.

Chelsea vs Tottenham prediction

Chelsea are enduring a rough period both on and off the pitch, while Tottenham have not yet got their revolution in full swing under Conte, despite signs of progress.

The hosts may secure a slender advantage here to leave it all to play for in the return leg.

Chelsea to win 2-1.

Head to head (h2h) history and results

Chelsea wins: 74

Draws: 41

Tottenham wins: 55

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