A big night at the Bridge beckons. Club statistician Paul Dutton begins our preview of the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg tomorrow with the key facts and figures...
CHELSEA IN NUMBERS
Chelsea in the League Cup
Winners: 1964/65, 1997/98, 2004/05, 2006/07, 2014/15
Runners-up: 1971/72, 2007/08
Semi-finalists: 1972/73, 1984/85, 1990/91, 2001/02, 2012/13, 2017/18
Chelsea score shown first
This is our 23rd major semi-final since the arrival of Roman Abramovich in 2003.
Maurizio Sarri’s side have won 13 and drawn four of our 18 home games this season. Our only defeat was against Leicester before Christmas.
We have failed to score in four of our past seven games against teams from the top-flight.
Eden Hazard was fouled on seven occasions against Spurs in the first leg two weeks ago; the most fouls he has suffered in a game this season. All three of Tottenham’s yellow cards were given for fouls on him.
Marcos Alonso’s strike against the post at Arsenal was his sixth effort against the woodwork this season, more than any other Blues player. In all we have struck the frame of the goal on 21 occasions in our 35 games this term, compared to eight from our opposition.
Carabao Cup goals
Hazard 2, Emerson 1, Fabregas 1, own-goals 2
Last six games
A home win: 0
A home draw: 2
A home defeat: 3
Chelsea’s next three games
Sunday 27 January - Chelsea v Sheffield Wednesday - FA Cup
Wednesday 30 January - Bournemouth v Chelsea - Premier League
Saturday 2 February - Chelsea v Huddersfield - Premier League
Willian’s next goal will be his 50th for Chelsea in all competitions.
TOTTENHAM IN NUMBERS
Tottenham in the League Cup
Winners: 1970/71, 1972/73, 1998/99, 2007/08
Runners-up: 1981/82, 2001/02, 2008/09, 2014/15
Semi-finalists: 1968/69, 1971/72, 1975/76, 1986/87, 1991/92, 2006/07
This is Tottenham’s 15th appearance in the League Cup semi-finals. They have progressed on eight occasions.
Spurs have been knocked out of the League Cup by London clubs in four of the past five seasons.
Tottenham have the best away record in the top-flight this season.
They have won their past five games on the road, scoring 20 goals in those matches.
Since their stoppage-time defeat at Inter Milan in the Champions League on 18 September, Spurs have won 12 and drawn two of their 15 away games in all competitions. Their one defeat was at Arsenal on 2 December.
Carabao Cup goals
Son 3, Alli 2, Kane 1 (pen), Lamela 1, Llorente 1
Manager: Mauricio Pochettino
Days in charge: 1,703
Pochettino’s record v Chelsea
An away win: 0
An away draw: 5
An away defeat: 7
TOTTENHAM’S MOST RECENT LINE-UP
Sunday 20 January, Premier League
Fulham 1 – 2 Tottenham Hotspur
Team 3-4-2-1: Lloris (c); Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen; Trippier, Eriksen, Winks, Rose; Lamela (Dier 79), Alli (Nkoudou 86); Llorente.
Booked: Sanchez, Rose, Alderweireld
Scorers: Alli 51, Winks 90+3
There are no suspensions.
From this season yellow cards only count in the competition they are received. The cut-off point for suspension arising from accumulating two bookings was the quarter-finals, so only a red card in the semi-finals could mean a player missing the final.
THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Martin Atkinson is the official for his second Chelsea v Tottenham match this season. He was the ref for our away Premier League game in November. His other two Blues games were against Arsenal at the Bridge in August, and away at Watford on Boxing Day.