The onus will be on the home side to attack in an attempt to overturn their first-leg deficit but Sarri has so far shown no inclination to vary his tactics. An intriguing match awaits.
Hitting the net
Chelsea have been struggling for goals recently and have not scored more than two goals in any domestic game since beating Crystal Palace 3-1 on November 4th. Tottenham’s tactics will include shutting down Chelsea’s star man Eden Hazard whenever he gets the ball, which means he is not an attractive price at 4/1 to score the first goal.
Tottenham’s defence struggled with balls into the box against Fulham, so if you fancy Chelsea to come out on top, a couple of Chelsea defenders appeal as outsiders to score the first goal. Marcos Alonso has scored 14 goals for Chelsea and was often his side’s most forward player against Arsenal last weekend, while also hitting the post with a header from a corner. He is 16/1 to score the first goal. Alonso’s defensive colleague, Antonio Rudiger, is also a danger from set-pieces and makes some appeal at 33/1 to score the first goal.
Lucas Moura is reportedly close to returning from injury in this game and would be of interest if you fancy Tottenham to outperform their odds. Moura has scored in some big games this season, notably in away matches against Manchester United in the league and PSV Eindhoven and Barcelona in the Champions League.