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



Tottenham Hotspur are drawing closer to ending their long trophy drought. Up 1-0 on aggregate over Chelsea in the EFL Cup semifinals, they are inching closer towards a title game appearance against, well we can say with 99.999% certainty that it will be Manchester City.

So if they can emerge with a stalemate or better at Stamford Bridge Thursday night, they’ll be one step closer towards lifting the first trophy of the Mauricio Pochettino era…but that last step is a doozy! Pochettino has a full blown injury crisis on his hands right now, so he’ll have to go with a patchwork, makeshift starting XI in this one.

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He has a real selection headache in both midfield and attack, with the latter becoming an even bigger problem given the disastrous showing by Fernando Llorente this past weekend. Poch may have to put midfielders in attack, defenders in midfield and central defenders on the edge.

That said, here’s our Tottenham starting lineup prediction, in a 3-4-3 formation. For what it’s worth, we think Chelsea are going to win this one, and thus move on to final against Manchester City.

Attack: Lucas Moura, Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela

Midfield: Harry Winks, Eric Dier, Kieran Trippier, Ben Davies

Defense:  Davinson Sanchez, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen

Goalkeeper: Paulo Gazzaniga

Tottenham Hotspur at Chelsea League Cup Semifinal Leg 2 FYIs

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

Starting XI Predictions for both teams: Chelsea

Injury Report, Team News: go to this link

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

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

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, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, a former writer for NBC and Chicago, 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. I would build into the team Danny Rose and Serge aurier , if fit. Both are fighters and we need to be ….in your face ….against Chelsea. Neither Davies nor winks nor Erickson are fighters nor is Lucas Moura. So without wanyama or dembele , who will dominate the midfield for us ?????

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