Capital One Cup final: Chelsea vs Tottenham match preview

A look ahead to Sunday’s Captial One Cup final at Wembley Stadium

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It is the third time these two sides have met at the new Wembley, with both teams currently having a win to their name. Tottenham won their last piece of silverware in the League Cup final against the Blues back in 2008; Chelsea got revenge with a mauling in a 2012 FA Cup semi-final.

Jose Mourinho is after his first trophy since returning to London in 2013 but he will have to do it without Nemanja Matic though as the Serbian serves the first of his two-game suspension, a worrying though for Chelsea fans as they know just how important the big man in the middle is to way their team operates.

Wembley has become somewhat of a second home since it reopened with the Blues appearing 12 times in eight years, more than any other club, but Mauricio Pochettino’s side spot their chance to spoil Mourinho’s party.

They’ve lost just two in their last ten league games and have already humiliated Chelsea this year with the 5-3 win on New Year’s Day. Despite a near slip in the semi-final against Sheffield United Spurs will feel they’ve got a real chance to win it and the way they have performed in the competition so far, it would be well deserved.

Some say that the Capital One Cup doesn’t mean anything but the stakes are high in any game between these two and if recent meetings between them are anything to go by then we are in for a real treat under the Wembley lights.

KICK-OFF: Sunday, 4pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

Tottenham 5 (Kane 2, Rose, Townsend, Chadli) Chelsea 3 (Costa, Hazard, Terry), Premier League, January 2015

Chelsea 3 (Hazard, Drogba, Remy) Tottenham 0, Premier League, December 2014

Chelsea 4 (Eto’o, Hazard, Ba 2) Tottenham 0, Premier League, March 2014

STATS…

Didier Drogba has scored eight goals in eight cup ties at Wembley.

Chelsea have won eight of their 12 games at the new Wembley.

The Blues are unbeaten in six league games since the 5-3 defeat at White Hart Lane in January.

Spurs have conceded just three goals in this year’s competition, scoring 12.

ODDS…

Chelsea to win: 1.73

Tottenham to win: 5.5

Draw: 4.1

TV: Live on Sky Sports 1 at 4pm, highlights on BBC One at 11.35pm

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