Our prediction for this EFL Cup match:
There will be fireworks when Tottenham and Chelsea face each other at Wembley Stadium in the Carabao Cup semi-finals, first leg. Tottenham crushed Tranmere Rovers 7-0 in the FA Cup at the weekend and they must be brimming with confidence ahead of the local derby. Spurs aim to win at least one trophy in the 2018/2019 season and we are positive that coach Mauricio Pochettino is going to field the best possible side against Chelsea. Harry Kane, who came as a substitute and scored against Tranmere, is likely to lead the line for the hosts against the Blues. Maurizio Sarri’s men emerged triumphant in the FA Cup as well, with the team beating Nottingham Forest 2-0 at Stamford Bridge, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Tuesday’s football game against their bitter local rivals, who are enjoying a very successful season.
Highlighted Player (Jan Vertonghen):
After spending four years at Ajax, in 2006 Jan Vertonghen signed a loan deal with RKC Waalwijk. The left-footed defender spent one season at Mandemakers Stadion and he returned to Ajax for the 2007/2008 season. The highly rated footballer, who is capable of playing as both centre back and left back, signed a deal with Tottenham Hotspur on 8 July, 2012 and he has been playing for the Premier League outfit ever since. The Belgian defender scored four goals for the Spurs in the 2012/2013 Premier League season and he made 34 league appearances for the White Hart Lane outfit back then. In the 2015/2016 season Jan Vertonghen and his teammates were producing brilliant displays with Tottenham, but the Spurs eventually finished the campaign in third place in the standings. Speaking of his international career, Vertonghen made it to both World Cup (2014) and Euro (2016) quarter-finals with the Belgian national team. Jan was born on 24 April, 1987 and his shirt number is 5.
Highlighted Team (Chelsea):
Over the years Chelsea have established themselves as one of the dominant forces in the English Premier League. Roberto Di Matteo helped the team win their first ever Champions League trophy (2011/2012), but it has to be noted that they were more than fortunate to beat Bayern Munich in the title game.
Chelsea have been playing at Stamford Bridge since 1876 and they are a real force to be reckoned with at home. The Blues have won seven FA Cups, five League Cups, two UEFA Cup Winners’ Cups and the UEFA Europa League. Rafael Benitez was in charge of the team that faced Benfica in the 2012/2013 Europa League final, with Branislav Ivanovic scoring the winner for the Blues in the title clash.
After lifting the 2014/2015 Premier League trophy, the Blues largely struggled in the next campaign, which saw Jose Mourinho’s second spell with the club come to an end, and Antoine Conte went over to take the reigns for the 2016/2017 season.