Paul Merson states his prediction for Chelsea FC v Tottenham
The Arsenal legend is tipping Chelsea FC to ease to a 2-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur in the League Cup on Thursday night
Paul Merson is backing Chelsea FC to beat an injury-ravaged Tottenham Hotspur to book their place in the Carabao Cup final on Thursday night.
The Blues suffered a 2-0 loss to Arsenal at The Emirates on Saturday evening to loosen their grip on fourth spot with 14 games to go.
Chelsea FC were comfortably beaten by their north London rivals to suffer their fourth loss of the Premier League campaign.
Maurizio Sarri saw his side’s unbeaten run come to an end at Wembley in November after Tottenham were 3-1 winners against Chelsea FC.
Spurs followed up that victory with a 1-0 win against their London rivals at Wembley in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final.
Harry Kane’s penalty was the difference between the two teams but the England international will be sidelined for their return trip to Stamford Bridge.
Former Arsenal midfielder Merson believes Chelsea FC will ease to a 2-0 win against Spurs in the second leg on Thursday night.
“It’s a good time to play Tottenham,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“If you could say before the game that you can pull out three players from that team, then it would be Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Heung-Min Son, along with Christian Eriksen.
“I’m not Moussa Sissoko’s biggest fan either but he has been playing well for them and he’s out too.”
Merson added: “I still think Tottenham have got a chance, I don’t see Chelsea blowing anyone away at the moment with the way they’re playing.
“Tactically with Chelsea, I don’t think there’s a plan. Maurizio Sarri plays the same way every week, and over the last few weeks they’ve struggled to break teams down. They’re not making 10-15 chances a game, and it’s going to be difficult. It’ll be a hard game.
“But because of the injuries to Spurs, I think Chelsea will just about edge it.”
Chelsea FC are in fourth place in the Premier League table and three points ahead of Arsenal and Manchester United in the chasing pack.
The Blues are nine points adrift of Tottenham in the standings to highlight the gap between the two London clubs.
Chelsea FC beat Tottenham 2-0 in the League Cup final in 2015.