The first domestic trophy of the season will be handed over at Wembley on Sunday as Chelsea and Tottenham lock horns in the Capital One Cup final and it’s the Blues that bookies believe will take home the silverware, bet365 installing them as 4/11 jollies and William Hill rating Spurs at 2/1 to lift the trophy.
It follows that Jose Mourinho’s men are favourites, this time at 8/11 with Skybet, to come out on top in normal time while Mauricio Pochettino’s troops are 4/1 at Stan James for a success over the course of 90 minutes and the mouth watering contest is 3/1 (BetVictor) to go to extra-time.
Chelsea have lost just twice to Premier League opposition this term but Tottenham were one of the teams that defeated the Blues so a few punters might think the odds are a touch lop-sided, especially as the pair could only manage home draws in their respective last assignments domestically.
Nevertheless, counter-intuitively, that stalemate for Chelsea against Burnley is actually likely to galvanise them with Mourinho using the match to typically brilliant psychological effect by instilling a sense of injustice in his players that’s likely to spur them on in this one.
A close encounter still seems likely though, so the Blues stand out at 29/10 (BetVictor) to shade it by a one-goal margin and in a match that’s rightly odds-on at 4/5 with bet365 to see both teams find the net, Betfred’s 8/1 for Chelsea to triumph 2-1 is worth considering.
In terms of goal scorers, Diego Costa is a suitably short 7/2 at Paddy Power to break the deadlock but even though he’s set to be on the losing side, Harry Kane might be the man to follow. The Spurs front man struck twice his team’s 5-3 victory over Chelsea on New Year’s Day and betway make him an appealing 9/4 to net at any stage in this match.