Tottenham Hotspur face Chelsea in the 2nd leg of the Carabao Cup semi-finals on Wednesday at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium. Tottenham have a big task ahead of them going into the tie as they have to overcome a 2-0 deficit in order to go into the finals of the competition. A comeback win over Morecambe in the weekend to progress in the FA Cup will give them the confidence to take on Chelsea on Wednesday in front of their home supporters.
Predicted 3-4-2-1 Tottenham Hotspur Lineup Vs Chelsea
Hugo Lloris will continue between the sticks for Spurs and he will have to ensure Tottenham keep a cleansheet at the back in order to have any chance of progressing to the finals.
Antonio Conte is expected to pick Ben Davies, Eric Dier and Davinson Sanchez at the heart of the defence. All 3 central defenders will have to be at the peak of their game to keep the Chelsea attackers at bay in front of the goal. Japhet Tanganga and Joe Rodon will drop to the bench and provide cover for the defensive areas.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Harry Winks are expected to get the nod in the middle of the park. Hojbjerg has been a midfield mainstay for Conte and will be aiming to dominate the midfield on Wednesday by winning as many 2nd balls as possible whereas Winks influenced a comeback win vs Morecambe this weekend to guarantee a place for this clash. Tanguy Ndombele will drop to the bench along with Oliver Skipp and will be options for Conte to bring on in the 2nd half to replace the tired legs in the centre of the pitch. Giovani Lo Celso will also be a key player for Conte to bring on in the later stages of the game.
Matt Doherty, who started this weekend, will be replaced by Emerson Royal at right wing-back and Ryan Sessegnon will also be replaced by Sergio Reguilon at left wing-back. Both the wing-backs will be given the freedom to go up the pitch and create opportunities for the Spurs attackers.
Harry Kane, who started from the bench on Sunday, will be back leading the line for Spurs on Wednesday. Both Bryan Gil and Dele Alli will have to make way for Heung-Min Son and Lucas Moura behind the striker. The front 3 will need to be at their very best and clinical in front of the goal to give Spurs any chance of qualifying for the finals. Son and Moura’s movement will be key to Spurs breaking the Chelsea defence which has looked solid throughout the season.