Chelsea at Tottenham EFL Cup Injury Report: Moura, Dier, Lamela, Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic

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Tottenham Hotspur hosts Chelsea tonight as the two sides meet in a League Cup semi-final for the third time. Only one match-up has featured more often in this round than Spurs-Chelsea and that’s Arsenal versus Spurs, which has been staged on four occasions.

For Tottenham, this is their 15th League Cup semi-final, only Liverpool (17), have reached the final four of this competition more often. Spurs have won the last two over the Blues, both in Premier League competition, but they haven’t beaten their London rivals three in a row across all competitions since 1963.

That all said, let’s take a look at the fitness situation for both sides.

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Mauricio Pochettino Defends Decision to Sub Harry Kane on while Up 6-0

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino believes that the crowd should get to see the players that they paid to see. Sports is an entertainment product after all, and the fans should expect to be entertained by the best players on the team that they came to see.

At least that’s the argument Pochettino made, as a counter to the idea that he was pouring it on Tranmere Rovers during Spurs’ 7-0 win in the third round of the FA Cup. Pochettino subbed Harry Kane on to face the minnows from League Two (the fourth tier of English football) while his side was up 6-0 and had just 15 minutes left to play.

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Chelsea FC Officially Acquire Christian Pulisic in Summer; Deal Worth $73m (£58m)

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Happy New Year and happy January transfer window. Chelsea FC has gotten the party started by officially unveiling their latest signing, American wonder boy Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund. The USMNT star and face of American soccer will remain with BVB until the end of the season and then join up with the west London side this summer.

The deal is reportedly for $73 million (€64.3, £58m) making him the most expensive player in American history, and by quite a healthy margin too. The previous American transfer fee record was €20m, paid by Wolfsburg for John Brooks in 2017.

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Chelsea FC Reportedly Closing in on Christian Pulisic Summer Acquisition

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Borussia Dortmund winger and face of US Soccer Christian Pulisic has been persistently linked in transfer rumors with some of the biggest English clubs over the past year or two. It appears that a breakthrough has finally been reached, with a more credible outlet publishing a more definitive narrative.

Bild, the paper of record in Germany, are claiming that Chelsea are closing in on a €50m ($57m) summer acquisition of Pulisic, with the BVB youngster having already agreed to personal terms.

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Tottenham Hotspur Starting XI Prediction vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

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Having scored 11 goals in their last two games, Tottenham Hotspur are absolutely on fire right now. Having now leapt up to second place in the table, surging at the same time Manchester City is sagging, the north London side is definitely NOT the team you want be to playing right now.

That’s a bummer for Wolverhampton Wanderers, who are the next team slated to face Mauricio Pochettino’s men. What makes Spurs’ recent run of form even more astounding is how they have been able to do it despite having such an injury-plagued midfield. Winning big, despite all the injuries, also kind of blows up all the arguments we all made in the summer about Spurs’ historically uneventful transfer window.

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Tottenham vs Wolves Injury Report: Alli, Vertonghen, Wanyama, Dier, Aurier

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Tottenham Hotspur head into Saturday sitting second in the Premiership table, six points behind league leaders Liverpool. On Boxing Day they achieved an emphatic 5-0 rout over AFC Bournemouth that sent a massive message. With Manchester City losing on Wednesday, Spurs leapfrogged the Sky Blues and made it known that the title race will feature three teams this season, not two.

Now they will host mid-table side Wolverhampton Wanderers at Wembley on the weekend. Let’s take a look at their injury and fitness situation. Midfielder supreme Dele Alli faces a late fitness test, as he missed the romp over the Cherries due to the hamstring injury he suffered against Everton.

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Mauricio Pochettino, Harry Kane Well Aware that Man City and Liverpool are Title Favorites

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After Tottenham Hotspur’s statement win on Sunday, 6-2 at Everton, positioned Spurs solidly in third place, naturally some Premier League title contention talk would ensue.  Spurs are just two points behind Manchester City for second, and six off the pace of league leaders Liverpool.

They are five clear of fourth place Chelsea as we head into Christmas. Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino acknowledged that the two teams in front of his side are considered the front-runners, not Spurs. However, he knows that his side isn’t far off, and will have plenty of opportunities to reach the top.

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Tottenham Hotspur 6, Everton 2 News and Notes: Pickford, Kane, Son, Alli, Eriksen

Sunday saw Tottenham Hotspur dominate at Everton, winning resoundingly by a margin of 6-2 which marked the highest scoring game of the Premier League season thus far. It also saw Tottenham Hotspur’s fab four (Dele Alli, Harry Kane, Son Heung-Min and Christian Eriksen) all score in the same contest for the first time.

Half the fab four, Son and Kane, bagged a brace. Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, a World Cup hero with England this summer, was anything but heroic today, as he conceded six goals. His name is a top trending term on social media right now, and for all the wrong reasons.  Check out this horrible gaffe here, but also the fantastic finish by Son.

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Tottenham Hotspur Starting XI Prediction vs Everton FC

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This weekend of Premier League action brings a full and fun slate of contests on Saturday, while Sunday brings a very interesting fixture between two sides that have staged a very evenly matched series over the years.

Tottenham Hotspur will visit Goodison Park to take on Everton in a late afternoon/early evening match that will mark the 176th meeting between the two clubs.  Tottenham have taken of the previous meetings while Everton have come out on top 55 times. The series has seen 54 during its duration.

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Tottenham vs Everton Injury Report: Dier, Dembele, Wanyama, Vertonghen, Aurier

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When third place Tottenham Hotspur head to eighth place Everton FC on Sunday they will arrive with a set of injury problems. Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has really done an amazing job this season, as he’s got his team in the UEFA Champions League knockout round, the Premier League top four and the League Cup final four.

He’s accomplished this despite getting zero help at all from his board in the summer transfer window and having to battle through a rash of injuries during this campaign. It’s no wonder Manchester United really want to poach Pochettino. On Sunday, Pochettino will very likely be without the services of midfielders Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele, Victor Wanyama.

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Man United Target, Tottenham Boss Mauricio Pochettino Speaks on Jose Mourinho Sacking

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On Tuesday, the main news topic in the football/soccer/futbol world was Manchester United’s sacking of Jose Mourinho. The news sent a lot of ripple effects throughout the footy universe. United club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly pegged to take over the club in the interim. For the time being, assistant Michael Carrick will be leading the training sessions.

Regarding potential long-term replacements for Jose Mourinho, Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is widely regarded to be the top priority target. There is plenty of wagering action available on the United manager search. Betting bonus code information is available at bonuscodebets.co.uk while the odds of Pochettino landing the job are quite favorable. Most bookies have him right up there with Zinedine Zidane as the most likely candidate to get the job.

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Tottenham Hotspur Starting XI Prediction vs Arsenal FC (EFL Cup)

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Tottenham Hotspur head to Arsenal on Wednesday night for an EFL Cup quarterfinal clash against their arch-rivals. Despite the minimal meaning of the League Cup competition, Spurs will be fired up for this one. Team captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has outlined all the reasons why.

A win here, and Spurs will be just two more victories shy of their first trophy in a decade. Let’s take a look at who Mauricio Pochettino may start in this contest.

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