Chelsea will look to put their second foot in the Carabao Cup final when they meet Tottenham in the second leg of their semi-final on Wednesday.
The Blues secured a comfortable 2-0 win in the first leg which could have easily been a few more, and they will hope they don’t regret their inability to kill this tie off last time out.
Antonio Conte will know his side are up against it, and he’ll demand significantly more than he saw as Spurs scraped past Morecambe in the FA Cup at the weekend.
Here’s all you need to know about this one.
When is kick off? Wednesday 12 January, 19:45 (GMT)
Where is the match being played? Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
TV channel/live stream? Sky Sports Football (UK), ESPN+ (UK)
Highlights? Sky Sports YouTube channel
Referee? Andre Marriner
VAR? Mike Dean
Spurs will definitely be without Son Heung-min, who picked up a muscle injury in the fall-out of the first leg, while centre-back Cristian Romero is not yet over his hamstring issue either.
Eric Dier can’t play in his place either as he has his own injury, as does winger Steven Bergwijn, who misses another chance to prove himself to Conte because of a calf problem.
Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that he will make a late call on Covid-19 returnees N’Golo Kante and Thiago Silva, but apart from that, there isn’t much uncertainty around the Chelsea squad.
Reece James, Ben Chilwell and Trevoh Chalobah remain injured, and there has been no confirmation as to whether young Lewis Hall, who impressed in the FA Cup victory over Morecambe, will get another shot here.
Kepa Arrizabalaga will keep his place between the sticks as Edouard Mendy is away at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Victory in the first leg stretched Chelsea’s win run to three games, while their only defeat in the last nine games came on penalties in the fourth round of the FA Cup last season.
Last time they travelled to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Chelsea secured a comfortable 3-0 win in September, and they won their previous visit to their fierce rivals 1-0 towards the end of last season as well.
Spurs’ last win in normal time over the Blues was all the way back in January 2019 when Harry Kane fired them to a 1-0 victory in the first leg of that Carabao Cup semi-final – a tie Spurs would go on to lose on penalties.
Chelsea could be missing a few key players, but they look like they have the quality to cope with that. Spurs, on the other hand, do not.
They were woeful against Morecambe, and while a lot of those players won’t play here (or perhaps ever again for Spurs), they’ll still need someone to step up in the absences of Son, Romero and Dier. Who on earth is that going to be?
Chelsea were a lot better than Spurs first time around and all the signs suggest they’ll match that here.
Prediction: Tottenham 0-2 Chelsea