Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur live stream, Wednesday 5 January, 7.45pm GMT
Chelsea and Tottenham will both be looking to gain a first-leg advantage when they meet in the League Cup semi-finals on Wednesday.
The Blues have not had an easy path to the last four, but they are now within three games of another piece of silverware. Thomas Tuchel’s side battled past Aston Villa (opens in new tab) and Southampton (opens in new tab) on penalties in the third and fourth rounds, before a more comfortable 2-0 triumph over Brentford (opens in new tab) before Christmas.
Since then Chelsea (opens in new tab) have fallen further adrift of Manchester City (opens in new tab) at the top of the Premier League table, but there were plenty of positives to take from their performance in a 2-2 draw with Liverpool (opens in new tab) at the weekend.
Tottenham (opens in new tab) left it late to overcome Watford (opens in new tab) last time out, as Davinson Sanchez popped up deep into second-half stoppage time to score the winning goal. Spurs have now triumphed in five of Antonio Conte’s eight league games at the helm to boost their top-four prospects. The visitors to west London will be full of confidence going into Wednesday’s first leg.
The big question for Chelsea is whether or not Tuchel will recall Romelu Lukaku for his last-four tie. The Belgium international was left out on Sunday after a contentious interview, and at the time of writing is not clear when he will be brought back into the fold.
Tuchel appears to have the backing of the majority of fans and players for his handling of the situation, but he has another big call to make ahead of this game.
Andreas Christensen, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Reece James are out with various fitness issues.
Tottenham, who beat Wolves (opens in new tab), Burnley (opens in new tab) and West Ham (opens in new tab) in previous rounds, will have to make do without Steven Bergwijn, Cristian Romero and Ryan Sessegnon, each of whom is sidelined until later this month.
Kick-off is at 7.45pm GMT on Wednesday 5 January, and UK viewers can watch live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football (opens in new tab). See below for international broadcast options.
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Greg Lea is a freelance football journalist who's filled in wherever FourFourTwo needs him since 2014. He became a Crystal Palace fan after watching a 1-0 loss to Port Vale in 1998, and once got on the scoresheet in a primary school game against Wilfried Zaha's Whitehorse Manor (an own goal in an 8-0 defeat).
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