A game midweek, a game at the weekend and repeat. There is hardly any room to rest at the moment and we have only just started the season.
For Tottenham, it’s another level. Two games midweek and a game at the weekend from three separate competitions shows the early demand this unique season has within the first month.
Jose Mourinho’s side have League Cup action against Chelsea but they also have Maccabi Haifa in the Europa League play-off plus a trip to Man United at the weekend – meaning rotation and no doubt prioritising one competition over the other.
For Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, he knows his side will have a tough task going into the match on Tuesday night (September 29) regardless of
Lampard said: ““I know it is a busy time for Tottenham with the Europa League, it is a busy time for us all. They had a free midweek last week, we didn’t, but they have a busy week this week.
“But when I analyse Tottenham and the squad that they have and what team they might have, and the players who didn’t play 90 minutes yesterday, they have a fantastic squad.
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“I know that whatever team Jose puts out they will be very strong.
“We all know the Carabao Cup for teams like ourselves and Tottenham, teams challenging for top four and Champions League, like we are, then the Carabao Cup does have its place.
“But we certainly respect it and every tournament we go in then we want to win.”
Chelsea and Tottenham are looking for their first piece of silverware under their managers and the EFL Cup is one of the handful of chances they will get this season.
Spurs will be frustrated with how they dropped against Newcastle at the weekend while Chelsea will be wondering how they allowed West Brom to lead 3-0 before getting a draw.
What are the odds?
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*odds based on 90 minutes
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When & where?
The game will take place at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Tuesday September 29.
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The game will start at 7:45pm.
Is it on TV?
Yes. You can watch the match live on Sky Sports Football.
Chelsea to win 2-1 after 90minutes which is 15/2 with thepools.com
Gareth Bale (knee), Heung-Min Son, Japhet Tanganga (thigh) and Moussa Sissoko (illness) are all out of this tie.
Billy Gilmour and Marco van Ginkel (both knee injuries) are Chelsea’s only long-term absentees.
Christian Pulisic (thigh), Hakim Ziyech (knee) and Edouard Mendy (fitness) are doubts.