Paul Merson has given his prediction ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s trip to Chelsea on Thursday night.
Mauricio Pochettino’s injury hit side travel to Stamford Bridge holding a one goal advantage from the first leg, courtesy of a Harry Kane penalty.
Tottenham will be unable to call on the services of their talisman for the Carabao Cup clash due to an ankle ligament injury that won’t see him kick a ball until at least early March.
Heung-min Son is another who missed out due to his involvement in the Asian Cup with South Korea, while there are also problems in midfield. Dele Alli sustained a left hamstring strain during the win against Fulham and is joined on the sidelines by Moussa Sissoko who is still nursing a groin problem.
Spurs will be boosted somewhat by the return of Lucas Moura after a thigh problem, but it’s fair to say that Chelsea have the stronger side going into the match.
Merson has predicted that Tottenham’s cup hopes will come to an end during extra time.
He told Sky Sports: “It’s a good time to play Tottenham. If you could say before the game, you can pull out three players from that team before the game, they’d be three of the four, them and Christian Eriksen. I’m not Moussa Sissoko’s biggest fan either but he has been playing well for them and he’s out too.
“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. They’re already 1-0 down, so it could be a long night. I wouldn’t be surprised if it went to extra-time.
“Tactically with Chelsea, I don’t think there’s a plan. He 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.
“PAUL PREDICTS: 2-0 after extra-time.”
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