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Today’s match preview; injury troubled Tottenham visit Chelsea as Real Madrid host struggling Girona

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England – Carabao Cup

Chelsea – Tottenham

Chelsea are set to pull a come back performance to setup up a final with current title holders Manchester City. They lost the first leg by a single goal which many saw as controversial. Harry Kane turned in a penalty and the only single goal of the match. The current England skipper is set to miss the return leg due to an ankle injury. It he speculated that he could be on the sidelines until March. Although Spurs won the 1st leg, Chelsea were the better side on the night.

Tottenham head to the Stamford Bridge with a host of players injured. That includes Delete Alli, Muossa Sissoko, and Lucas Moura while star player Hueng Min Sin is away on international duty. Their attacking power is clearly suppressed and it would be difficult getting the goals.

Chelsea will be hoping to propel their pressure to more fruitful cause as they hope to overturn the deficit. Maurizzio Sarri accused his players of having a poor mental attitude in the game against Arsenal which they lost 2-0. They will be hoping to put up a better performance in front of their home crowd. The game goes straight to penalties, no extra time played if at the end of 90 minutes the aggregate scoreline are level. This could be Tottenham’s only shout for a trophy this season.

This is the 10th League Cup match between Spurs and the Blues,, Chelsea having won four and Tottenham two with four draws. Prior to this season encounter, their most recent meetings were finals with Chelsea winning in 2015 and Tottenham in extra time in 2008.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 8 of the last 9 meetings between these teams.

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anybody to win and under 4.5 goals

Spain – Copa Del Rey

Real Madrid – Girona

Los Blancos look set to see off Girona in the Cops Del Rey after an all important win over Sevilla this past weekend. Two late goals from Casemiro and Modric sealed the game and the home team would be bringing that same confidence into this encounter as they hope to gain another advantage in the cup match at the Bernabeu.

Real Madrid have now recorded 3wins in their last four matches and recorded a loss to Leganes (1-0) which wasn’t enough to stop them from progressing to the quarter finals. Overall Real Madrid are the favorites to secure all 3 points here and with many Spanish teams playing at least 8 matches the busy schedule should favour larger clubs with greater squad depth.
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Girona have been impressive so far but with a busy schedule like this it’s difficult to see them progressing. They have to cope with at least 2 games per week and will have to face Atletico Madrid twice. They host Barcelona this weekend and that just spells doom.

The visitors are yet to record a win since early December, they have now seen 5 draws in 8 matches. That’s not the kind of momentum you take to these big sides. They lost over the weekend in a thrilling encounter where they found the back of the net twice.

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HOME WIN

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