Carabao Cup ties arrive quickly at this time of this unusual season so a week after beating Barnsley, we travel to north London for Round Four. We preview that game with facts and figures.
Tottenham versus Chelsea head to head
Chelsea are hoping for a fifth successive victory against Tottenham in all competitions, the most since we won six in a row between January 2000 and January 2002.
Chelsea and Tottenham are drawn against each other in the League Cup for the seventh occasion, the most recent being the 2018/19 semi-final.
Our overall cup record against Tottenham 10 wins and six defeats.
Our last away meeting at Tottenham in the League Cup
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1 CHELSEA 0
Carabao Cup semi-final, first leg, Wembley, 08.01.19, 8pm
Tottenham Hotspur (4-3-1-2) Gazzaniga; Trippier, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Rose; Sissoko, Winks (Skipp 89), Eriksen (Llorente 90+1); Alli; Son (Lamela 79), Kane (c).
Unused subs: Lloris, Walker-Peters, Foyth, Davies.
Manager: Mauricio Pochettino
Booked: Winks 29, Sanchez 59, Lamela 82
Scorer: Kane 26 (pen)
Chelsea (4-3-3) Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta (c), Rüdiger, Christensen, Alonso; Kanté, Jorginho, Barkley (Kovacic 75); Hudson-Odoi (Giroud 79), Hazard, Willian (Pedro 62).
Unused subs: Caballero, Zappacosta, Ampadu, David Luiz.
Head coach: Maurizio Sarri
Booked: Arrizabalaga 25
Referee: Michael Oliver
Chelsea are looking to progress to the League Cup quarter-final for the third time in the past four seasons.
The Blues are unbeaten away in September for eight games in all competitions, winning six of them, since we lost 0-3 to Arsenal in 2016.
Tammy Abraham (aged 22 years, 360 days) is the youngest player to reach 20 goals in all competitions for Chelsea since Oscar (22 years, 118 days) in January 2014.
At 36 years and one day, Thiago Silva is the oldest outfield player to play for Chelsea since John Terry’s final game against Sunderland in May 2017 (36 years, 165 days) and the oldest outfield player to make his debut since Graham Rix against Viktoria Zizkov in September 1994 (36 years, 327 days).
Before the weekend game at West Brom, the last occasion we were three goals behind and came back to get a result was against Ajax last season. We were 1-4 down and came back to draw 4-4.
Tottenham in the League Cup
Winners: 1970/71, 1972/73, 1998/99, 2007/08
Runners-up: 1981/82, 2001/02, 2008/09, 2014/15
Premier League - sixth
FA Cup - fifth round
Carabao Cup - third round
Champions League - round of 16
Top scorer all competitions: Harry Kane 24
Tottenham have been knocked out of the League Cup by London clubs in five of the past seven seasons.
2013/14 Lost at home to West Ham in the quarter-final
2014/15 Lost to Chelsea in the final
2015/16 Lost at home to Arsenal in the third round
2016/17 Lost at Liverpool in the fourth round
2017/18 Lost at home to West Ham in the fourth round
2018/19 Lost on penalties to Chelsea in the two-legged semi-final
2019/20 Lost on penalties at Colchester in the third round
This Carabao Cup tie is Tottenham’s first of the season as they received a bye from the third round due to Leyton Orient’s positive Covid-19s test results.
No manager has won the League Cup more times than Jose Mourinho (four), three with Chelsea and one with Man Utd. Alex Ferguson and Brian Clough also won it on four occasions.
Tottenham are seeking their first home victory of the season after losing to Everton 0-1 on the opening day and drawing to Newcastle on Sunday. They have won all three away games, at Lokomotiv Plovdiv (2-1), Southampton (5-2) and Shkendija (3-1), scoring 10 goals in the process.
Starting with Newcastle on Sunday, Spurs have to play four games in eight day - Chelsea Tuesday, Maccabi Haifa home Thursday and Man Utd away Sunday.
2020/21 scorers in all competitions
Son 5, Kane 3, Lamela 1, Moura 1, Ndombele 1
Tottenham’s last line-up
Sunday 27 September
Tottenham 1 Newcastle 1
Team 4-2-3-1: Lloris (c); Doherty, Sanchez, Dier, Davies; Hojbjerg, Winks; Moura (Lamela 79), Lo Celso (Ndombele 77), Son (Bergwijn h/t); Kane
Scorer: Moura 25
Tottenham’s major summer transfers
Gareth Bale - Real Madrid, loan
Matt Doherty - Wolves
Joe Hart - Burnley
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg - Southampton
Sergio Reguilon - Real Madrid
Troy Parrott - Millwall, loan
Oliver Skipp - Norwich, loan
Jan Vertonghen - released, now Benfica
Michel Vorm - released
Kyle Walker-Peters - Southampton
There are no suspensions.
Yellow cards only count in the competition they are received. In the Carabao Cup, two yellow cards will result in a one-match suspension. The cut-off point is the quarter-finals, so no player can miss the final through cumulative yellows.
Carabao Cup bookings list
Lee Mason who last took charge of a Chelsea game in our 2-2 draw at Leicester in the Premier League in February.
There is no Video Assistant Referee (VAR). The EFL has elected to use the system only in the semi-finals and final.