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Chelsea V Tottenham
Sunday 1st March. 4PM. Sky Sports 1
The first cup final of 2014/15 will be decided on Super Sunday as London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham meet in a mouth-watering Capital One Cup showdown.
Both teams registered wins in their respective home Premier League meetings. If we see anything like we did in those games at Stamford Bridge and White Hart Lane, we’ll be in for an absolute classic.
It’ll be exciting; it’ll be passionate, but who will come up trumps at Wembley?
Special One Out To Repeat History
A decade ago, Jose Mourinho lifted his first silverware at Chelsea thanks to this competition before leading the Blues to the Premier League title just a couple of months later. He’ll be hoping history repeats itself in 2014/15 as he looks to pick up his first trophies of a second stint at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues enter the final in good form too, having lost just one of 11 competitive matches since that incredible 5-3 loss at White Hart Lane on New Year’s Day. Additionally, the return of Diego Costa is a huge boost and the Premier League leaders will be fully expected to cause problems for Tottenham’s vulnerable backline.
However, the absence of key man Nemanja Matic could be key, with Mourinho even suggesting it gives Spurs the advantage. Whether that was just mind games or not, it does underline the Serbian’s importance to the team – nonetheless, their highly talented squad should be able to compensate.
Chelsea also hold the edge of having not played in midweek. Fresh legs, combined with a week’s preparation could be absolutely vital.
Spurs Are On Their Way Wembley
Mauricio Pochettino’s first year at White Hart Lane has been one of mixed emotions but Sunday’s final offers a real beacon of hope and the Argentine manager will be determined to mastermind another triumph over Chelsea.
Spurs were brilliant in that 5-3 win on New Year’s Day and would love nothing more than a repeat performance as they look to repeat their 2008 League Cup triumph, which also came against Sunday’s opponents.
However, the trip to Italy on Thursday will have taken its toll both physically and mentally so Pochettino faces a real task in getting his men back up to full speed. We’d expect changes, such as Harry Kane’s return to the starting line-up, but the threat of a European hangover certainly hangs over their heads.
If Spurs can perform to their best, though, they’ve got every chance of causing an upset. Unfortunately, that is a huge ‘if’.
Chelsea V Tottenham Hotspur Betting
It’s Mourinho’s Chelsea who enter the final as overwhelming favourites and the Blues are priced 4/6, by Bet365, to finish the job in 90 minutes. Meanwhile, Tottenham are available 4/1 or you can back extra-time by predicting a draw at 3s.
From a betting perspective, it’s difficult to look past a Chelsea side that boasts the much greater talent, experience, and physical freshness. This competition might not be a priority at the start of the campaign but, now they’re here, they’ll certainly want to win.
Spurs have looked drained in the last couple of weeks, with the volume of fixtures definitely having an impact. Chelsea will be eager to bite back from that disappointing January loss at White Hart Lane and we think the Blues will come out strong.
HT/FT: Chelsea/Chelsea @ 13/8 with BetVictor
It wouldn’t be a cup final without having a bash at a potential big payout and we’re having a little punt on a 45/1 timecast.
With the thoughts of a strong Chelsea start in our minds, we’re predicting that the Blues will pile the pressure on and find a breakthrough early on. We’re backing skipper John Terry to be the hero. We’d advise small stakes on this one; it’s more for interest than anything.
John Terry to score first, between minutes 1-20, is 45/1 with Bet365