The Carabao Cup returns to action as Chelsea visit Tottenham Hotspur as both sides look to get back to winning ways in what promises to be a titanic London derby.
Frank Lampard will be looking to get the better of his former manager Jose Mourinho, whose Tottenham side are scheduled to play their sixth game already this season on Tuesday. Spurs enter the clash on the back of being given a ‘bye’ in their third-round clash against League Two side Leyton Orient, with Ross Embleton’s side failing to fulfil the tie after several tested positive for the coronavirus. Chelsea will have their spirits high after thrashing Championship side Barnsley 6-0 in their previous clash with newly arrived Kai Havertz bagging his first goals for the London outfit as he scored a sensational hat-trick.
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Tottenham Hotpsur- Heung-Min Son (hamstring), Moussa Sissoko (illness), Japhet Tanganga (thigh), Gareth Bale (knee)
Chelsea- Hakim Ziyech (knee), Christian Pulisic (hamstring), Billy Gimour (knee)
New signing Edouard Mendy looks set to make his first start for the Blues after recently arriving from Rennes. Ben Chilwell has not been ruled out from making the starting lineup either. When the spotlight has shifted largely to German duo Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi and Tammy Abraham have hit form and deserve to and As for Tottenham, the fatigue from recent Europa League ties is starting to get to them and Mourinho will be looking to introduce wholesale changes to his XI. In-form Heung-Min Son came off at half-time during Spurs’ 1-1 draw against Newcastle on Sunday and won’t be playing any part on Tuesday, Mourinho has confirmed. Sergio Regulion will probably play his first minutes after completing a move from Sevilla.
The tie comes at a peculiar time for both clubs. While Chelsea recovered from an abysmal first-half display to snatch a late draw at newly-promoted West Bromwich Albion, Spurs were seemingly hard done by VAR again as they drew 1-1 against Newcastle thanks to a controversial Calum Wilson penalty. It hasn’t all gone to plan yet for either side in the new season but both would have had one eye on this tie in a competition which alongside the FA Cup, seems to be their best and most realistic chance for silverware this campaign. It is set to be a cracker of a game and the outcome of a derby this early into the season will mirror how mentally prepared each club is for what is going to be jam-packed season.