Mauricio Pochettino and Maurizio Sarri will both have their eyes on the prize ahead of tonight’s Carabao Cup semi-final between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea.
Both managers are highly respected within the game. Yet neither has tasted any significant success in terms of trophies.
They’ll be hoping to change that in this competition. But one must fall by the wayside for the other to succeed. Who will secure a first-leg advantage at Wembley tonight?
Tottenham have won their last two matches against Chelsea. They’ve not won three in a row against their West London rivals since 1963.
Spurs have only drawn two matches all season long, with both of those matches taking place in the Champions League. We go 12/5 about a Wembley stalemate.
The Blues were like rabbits caught in headlights the last time they made the visit to North London. Spurs hustled them, bustled them and unsettled them right from the first whistle.
Two goals in the first 20 minutes were key to that. A like-for-like front four of Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Son Heung-min and Harry Kane will look to do the same again.
Sarri could add more mobility into his midfield as a result, with Ross Barkley likely to line-up alongside Jorginho and N’Golo Kante.
Callum Hudson-Odoi will hope he did enough in the FA Cup to take his place in a front three with Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata.
A back four which could contain the inconsistent Emerson Palmieri may be a worry.
Defender Marcos Alonso isn’t exactly prolific, and there’s no guarantee he’ll start, but after netting a brace at Wembley last season he’s 6/1 to Score Anytime here.
Where: Wembley Stadium, London
How to watch: Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event
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