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Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea

7th January 2019, 17:29 by James Mason

Tottenham and Chelsea go head-to-head at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday night in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final tie.

Spurs are in terrific form going into the contest, having won 14 of their last 17 matches in all competitions, and they thrashed Tranmere Rovers 7-0 in the FA Cup third round on Friday to boost their confidence levels further.

With Tottenham last winning a trophy in 2008, the Carabao Cup could be one of their best chances of picking up some silverware and they will be optimistic of getting the better of Chelsea, who have lost the past two meetings 3-1.

Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed Lucas Moura will not be available for selection after he sustained a knee injury in the win at Tranmere and he will be assessed ahead of Sunday's home Premier League clash with Manchester United.

Midfielders Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama remain sidelined although the pair are doing on-field rehabilitation, whilst Erik Lamela has recovered from illness and is expected to be named in the match-day squad.

After a surprise 1-0 loss at home to Leicester City on December 22, Chelsea have embarked on a four-game unbeaten run and head to Wembley on the back of a comfortable 2-0 FA Cup victory over Nottingham Forest.

The Blues have won their last three away matches - beating Brighton, Watford and Crystal Palace - and they will be hopeful of taking a positive result back to Stamford Bridge for the second leg.

Maurizio Sarri has revealed Pedro, Willian and Olivier Giroud, who all missed the win over Forest, are being assessed although the manager doubts whether all three players will feature.

England international Ruben Loftus-Cheek is unavailable after he was forced off in the FA Cup triumph whilst it is unclear if Cesc Fabregas, who is expected to leave for Monaco this month, will be included.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.

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