Chelsea FC Starting XI Prediction vs Tottenham Hotspur (EFL Cup Semifinal)

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri made a very high risk, but potentially high reward maneuver by publicly calling out his own team’s motivation. Perhaps the angry post match rant on the weekend will light a fire under his team and they’ll come out with higher energy at home against Tottenham Hotspur Thursday night in the second leg of their EFL Cup semifinal tie?

Or maybe the team will resent Sarri’s harsh words, and play with even less motivation? Either way, Sarri needs to realize that if his team isn’t consistently fired up enough, a lot of that falls on him as the manager. Getting the side ready to go is part of the job description.

It remains to be seen whether Gonzalo Higuain will be signed, sealed and delivered in time for this match. Right now the striker faces a race against time.

It’s also worth mentioning that there is only so much Higuain will be able to do for a side that currently has problems in every position group. We’re predicting that Sarri will field his usual strong side for this cup contest and doesn’t rotate his squad. Chelsea come into this one down 1-0 on aggregate, so they have some ground to make up if they want to win this trophy.

The Bank  Chelsea FC Starting XI Prediction 4-3-3

Forwards:  Pedro, Eden Hazard, Willian

Midfielders:   Ross Barkley, JorginhoN’Golo Kante

Defenders:   Marcos Alonso,  David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta

Goalkeeper: Kepa Arrizabalaga

 

Tottenham Hotspur at Chelsea League Cup Semifinal Leg 2 FYIs

Kick-off: 745 pm (BST), 2:45 pm (EST) Tuesday January 24, Stamford Bridge

Tottenham Starting XI Prediction: go to this link

Odds via Betfair: Chelsea to advance 9/4, Tottenham to advance 5/4

Injury Report, Team News: go to this link

League Cup Series History: Chelsea wins- 4, draws- 2, Tottenham wins- 3

Prediction: Chelsea 2, Tottenham Hotspur 1

As always, feel free to post your own final score predictions as well as your Tottenham and/or Chelsea starting XI predictions.

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, a former writer for NBC Chicago.com and Chicago Tribune.com, regularly appears as a guest pundit on WGN CLTV and co-hosts the “Let’s Get Weird, Sports” podcast on SB Nation. 

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  1. If this fraud goes with he same lineup and formation unchallenged by the brass then we certainly deserve to lose Hazard and Odoi. This is the definition of insane!!!!

  2. Spuds 3 sorry ball 0. Is what I’m wishing so we can can get this 19 year no silverware banker out!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Chelsea manager is simply as confused man he should be sacked with immediate effect if not Chelsea will never qualify for next season champions league

  4. Anonymous says:

    cant win games with out a striker

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