Chelsea vs Tottenham predicted line-ups: Team news ahead of Carabao Cup semi-final

Thomas Tuchel must decide whether to start Romelu Lukaku as Chelsea meet Tottenham Hotspur in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup.

Tuchel left the Belgian out of his matchday squad for the Premier League encounter with Liverpool, and held talks with Lukaku on Monday after the striker referred to unhappiness over his usage after his summer return to Stamford Bridge, but after apologising Tuesday night, he could return in a starting capacity.

A place in the final of the cup competition will be decided across two legs, with this the first of three January matches between these two sides.

Antonio Conte remains without defender Cristian Romero as he visits his former club.

Here’s everything you need to know about the game:

When is it?

The match will kick off at 7.45pm on Wednesday 5 January at Stamford Bridge.

How can I watch?

The fixture will be available to watch on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Football, with coverage beginning. Subscribers can also stream the game via the Sky Go app.

If you’re not a Sky customer you can grab a NOWTV Day Pass here to watch without a subscription.

Team news

The big question for Thomas Tuchel relates to Romelu Lukaku, who was left out of the matchday squad for the draw against Liverpool and held talks with his manager on Monday after expressing his displeasure with his role at the club in an interview released last week.

The Belgian has apologised and will be back, but may start initially from the bench, while Edouard Mendy is definitely unavailable having departed for the African Cup of Nations. Trevoh Chalobah’s hamstring issue will be assessed having played 70 minutes of that Liverpool encounter, while Thiago Silva’s legs may be given more time to recover after he made his return.

Cristian Romero remains out for Spurs but should be back in action soon, while the unfortunate Ryan Sessegnon is well-acquainted with the Tottenham treatment table and a thigh issue seems set to rule him out.

Steven Bergwijn has been linked with a move away from the club in January and is also troubled by a recent injury, which could mean an opportunity for Bryan Gil, though with Morecambe reasonably lowly weekend FA Cup opposition, Antonio Conte may stick with something close to his strongest side.

Predicted line-ups

Chelsea: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Sarr; Hudson-Odoi, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso; Ziyech, Pulisic; Havertz

Tottenham: Lloris; Sanchez, Dier, Davies; Emerson Royal, Skipp, Hojbjerg, Reguilon; Son, Kane, Moura

Odds

Chelsea – 42/41

Draw – 27/10

Tottenham – 29/10

Prediction

Two-legged ties can be tough to predict, and both sides are coming out of a busy festive period. A draw seems entirely possible. Chelsea 1-1 Tottenham


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