Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham will welcome Chelsea two days after drawing to Newcastle and as many days before facing Maccabi Haifa in Europa League.
Mourinho has already showed his discontent to the FA but he should be thankful as well after his side was given a walkover against Leyton Orient to reach this stage in Carabao Cup.
On Sunday, Spurs visit Man United at Old Trafford, Mourinho’s other former team.
Spurs ambitions this season will be a return to Champions League football and more important to get a Silverware.
Mour will have to choose his poison wisely this time – Carabao Cup is the best chance for him to win a Cup this season but he has said that he wants to reach Europa League groups which will boost his team financially.
The manner in which he drew the Newcastle game, after that controversial handball for the late penalty still rings in his ears but there will be no time to cry for spilt milk.
Chelsea on the other hand, fought from three down to pick a point off West Brom and coach Frank Lampard will be hoping for an improved performance this time round.
Unlike Spurs, Chelsea does not have any other midweek fixture and have had an extra day of rest.
In addition, they have better quality in depth and Lampard’s rotation may not affect the team’s strength. Olivier Giroud, new goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and Jorginho among others are all expected to start.
Who To Trust? Chelsea look favourites partly because Spurs fixture congestion. However, if there is anything we have learnt so far, Chelsea is not a team that have found their winning formulae and I may not encourage anyone to trust them with their money. I will take a gamble on the home team, but in a more safer way. There are good odds on 1X (home win or draw).