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  • Chelsea visit Tottenham in Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg.
  • Tottenham defeated Chelsea 3-1 earlier in the season.
  • We consider how Maurizio Sarri could lineup for the game.

Next Tuesday’s the big one. Chelsea, against Tottenham, at Wembley. It’s time for redemption, Blues!

Last time we made the trip to North London we returned with egg on our face. A 3-1 defeat by the hands of a Tottenham team who were undeniably the better team. Maurizio Sarri will have learned his lesson from that defeat. It won’t be happening again.

Chelsea have improved since that defeat, make no mistake, but Mauricio Pochettino’s men pose a threat greater than any other Tottenham team that have competed in the Premier League era.

A trip to Spurs used to be an easy three points for Chelsea, but it’s rarely that straightforward nowadays. It’d be hard to predict the outcome of this one, with two of the Premier League’s best going head-to-head.

The Chelsea players will be playing with a chip on their shoulder, which is always a dangerous asset to possess. The more experienced in the squad will ensure that every player knows how important this game will be to the fans.

We’d have to bet on the Blues to win the first-leg, even at Wembley. You’d probably get decent odds on that, too. You can use the Bet Calculator to figure out your potential winnings if you do back your beloved Blues.

Fine margins can oftentimes define games of this magnitude. Chelsea will be hoping that their rather unfortunate habit they’ve made of hitting the woodwork this season doesn’t come back to bite them.

Thankfully the incredible form Eden Hazard’s been in has carried us through this season so far. He has been enjoying the most productive period of his Chelsea career, and has no intention of slowing up. He was recently quoted by the BBC saying:

“I want to score more for this club and then try to be a legend like Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and John Terry.”

Hazard can take another step towards etching his name into the Chelsea hall of fame with a goal or two against Spurs in the Carabao Cup semi-final. Even with the amount of football he’s played recently, it’s difficult to see Sarri leaving him out of this one.

Sarri has never won a trophy in his managerial career to date. The Carabao Cup is not considered a major piece of silverware by some, but we have no doubt he’ll be desperate to win it.

We reckon that’ll be reflected in his team selection, which could look something like this, depending on injuries – which are a big problem for us at the moment. What do you think, Blues? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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