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Live, League Cup semifinal: Chelsea v. Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea - Carabao Cup: Semi-Final First Leg

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 08: Eden Hazard of Chelsea during Carabao Cup Semi-Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on January 8, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

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Chelsea host London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the second leg of their League Cup semifinal on Thursday (kick off, 2:45 p.m. ET) with the home side eager to get back to winning ways and get one over their bitter rivals.

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The tie has to end on the night with penalties, if needed, as Manchester City await the winner in the final.

Spurs lead 1-0 on aggregate after the controversial first leg at Wembley Stadium where Harry Kane was awarded a penalty kick amid VAR debate.

Kane, Heung-min Son and Dele Alli are all missing for Spurs this time, as Mauricio Pochettino must rotate his squad expertly. As for Maurizio Sarri, he has already had a pop at his Chelsea players for being difficult to motivate and he will expect to see a reaction.

In team news Chelsea start Olivier Giroud up front with Eden Hazard supporting him,

Tottenham made five changes from the team which won at Fulham, with Paolo Gazzaniga in goal and Fernando Llorente once again starts up top. Eric Dier also returns to the starting lineup.

Click on the link above to follow live updates of the action, while Pro Soccer Talk will have you covered for analysis during and after a huge League Cup clash.


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