Tottenham has a mountain to climb as Spurs host Chelsea in the second leg of their Carabao Cup semifinal matchup on Wednesday.
Chelsea holds a 2-0 aggregate lead after a Kai Havertz strike and Ben Davies own-goal gave the Blues a deserved first-leg advantage. Tottenham manager Antonio Conte admitted after the match that Spurs are miles behind Chelsea in terms of talent, but that won't stop his side from fighting for a spot in the finals.
Spurs need a two-goal victory to send the matchup to penalties, while a three-goal romp would be necessary to avoid penalties and advance directly.
Chelsea, meanwhile, is set up nicely, just needing to avoid a major letdown to book a spot in the final at Wembley.
Sporting News will be following the event live and providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.
Chelsea vs. Tottenham live score
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Tottenham vs. Chelsea lineups
Tottenham is a mostly healthy side, but there is one big injury absence that will affect its chances in this match. Attacking force Heung-min Son is out for a month with a muscular problem that he didn't feel until the day after the first leg at Stamford Bridge. That's a big blow to a Spurs side already down by two goals and lacking goalscoring prowess of late.
Steven Bergwijn is unlikely to play due to a calf injury, especially given the rumors surrounding his possible January exit. Eric Dier is a question mark due to a non-COVID related illness, and Cristian Romero could also make his return now that he's back in training.
Tottenham projected starting lineup (3-5-2): Lloris – Dier, Sanchez, Davies – Emerson, Hojbjerg, Skipp, Winks, Reguilon – Lucas Moura, Kane.
Tottenham subs (9): (Starting lineups released one hour prior to kickoff)
Chelsea is lacking defensive options, but got good news that Cesar Azpilicueta's struggles were due to nothing more than cramps and he is available to continue on as Chelsea's captain. Thiago Silva has tested positive for COVID-19 and it's unclear whether he will pass protocols to be fit for the match, leaving Malang Sarr possibly back in the lineup.
N'Golo Kante also tested positive, and he too is a question mark for the match. Reece James and Ben Chilwell are out with their long-term injuries, while Trevoh Chalobah is also a miss with a hamstring strain. Edouard Mendy is on AFCON 2022 duty (and also tested positive for COVID-19 while with Senegal), so Kepa Arrizabalaga is the man in net for the forseeable future.
Chelsea projected starting lineup (3-4-3): Kepa – Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Sarr – Ziyech, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso – Mount, Havertz, Lukaku.
Chelsea subs (9): (Starting lineups released one hour prior to kickoff)
How to watch Tottenham vs. Chelsea
- Date: Wednesday, Jan. 12
- Time: 2:45 p.m. ET
- Streaming: ESPN+ (subscribers only)
The Wednesday EFL Cup semifinal second leg between Tottenham and Chelsea from London will be broadcast exclusively on ESPN's streaming service, ESPN+.
Chelsea vs. Tottenham betting lines, picks & predictions
Pick: Double Chance parlay – Draw or Chelsea & under 2.5 goals (+110)
Prediction: Tottenham 1-1 Chelsea
- Moneyline: Tottenham +175 / Draw +245 / Chelsea +160
- Spread (Asian Handicap): Tottenham pick'em (+100) / Chelsea pick'em (-115)
- O/U 2.5 total goals: Over -105 / Under -110
- Both teams to score: Yes -145 / No +110