With just three Football League sides remaining in the EFL Cup, it must mean that we’re nearing the business end of the competition. We’ll have previews of this week’s eight fixtures, as the last 16 look to secure their place in the Carabao Cup quarter finals, starting with tonight’s London derby between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea…
Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea
Both of these sides will be reeling from the weekend’s Premier League action before going toe-to-toe in Tuesday’s Carabao Cup fixture. When Arsenal fans are on social media feeling sorry for Spurs, it tells you everything you need to know. Jose Mourinho’s side were robbed of all three points due to one of the strangest hand ball decisions ever seen in the Premier League. Newcastle’s Callum Wilson duly put away the resulting penalty, and the Magpies returned to the North East with a point.
Chelsea didn’t even turn up for the first half of their game against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday. 0-3 down at half-time, Frank Lampard’s words in the locker room – none of which could be shared here – seemed to work wonders as the Blues emerged from the Black Country with a point.
Spurs’ congested schedule continues with a UEFA Europa League qualifier against Maccabi Haifa in 48 hours time, before heading to Old Trafford on Sunday. The relentless demands on Jose Mourinho’s squad probably gives Chelsea the edge here. The Blues have four consecutive wins over Spurs in all competitions – expect that run to stretch to five tonight.