Lace-up for two EFL Cup Semi-Final clashes this week as four of the best teams in England line up for a date with destiny.
EFL CUP: SEMI-FINALS BETTING
Tottenham Hotspur (0) vs Chelsea (2)
Chelsea head to the Tottenham Hotspur stadium with a 2-0 advantage after the Blues dismantled Spurs during their first EFL Cup Semi-Final tie at Stamford Bridge. Antonio Conte was left fuming on the touchline as his side were unable to impose themselves during the 90 minutes, leaving Stamford Bridge with only two attempts on goal.
In order to see themselves into a final of a competition they’ve previously won four times, Tottenham will need to bare their teeth in front of goal this Wednesday – as they did during their recent FA Cup 3-1 win to Morecambe in which Harry Winks, Lucas Moura and Harry Kane all got on the scoresheet.
For the visitors, this second tie is all about building on their lead. Although it’s a cliche, Thomas Tuchel will be well aware of the dangers of a 2-0 scoreline. The German manager will be pushing his side to once again dominate in London and reproduce the same magic which saw them swat away Chesterfield 5-1 in the FA Cup last Saturday.
Liverpool vs Arsenal
A COVID-19 outbreak in the Liverpool camp forced the English Football League to postpone their first Semi-Final tie against Arsenal, which was due to take place last Thursday. Recent comments from Jurgen Klopp, who claimed a number of those cases were false positives, has added further fuel to the fire, with several EFL clubs now pressuring the standing body for a formal investigation into the cancelled fixture.
All that being said, behind the scenes drama will take the back seat come Thursday evening when Liverpool host Arsenal at Anfield – a place where they remain unbeaten by the Gunners since 2012. Recent clashes against the London side favour Klopp’s side, with Liverpool beating Arsenal 4-0 and 3-0 in their last two fixtures.
Although past encounters will not make for encouraging reading Arteta’s side, recent Premier League form is something that Gunners fans can get behind. A recent 2-1 loss to Manchester City at the Emirates left the Arsenal faithful proud of their side’s performance, who for the majority of the game went toe-to-toe with one of the best sides in Europe, leaving many pundits, rival fans and even Pep Guardiola admitting that Arsenal were by far the better team on the day.
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