Sport: Chelsea vs. Tottenham prediction, odds, picks: Soccer expert reveals EFL Carabao Cup best bets for Jan. 12

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Chelsea will try to ease into the final of the English League Cup when it faces Tottenham on Wednesday in the second leg of their semifinal matchup. The Blues are on a 10-game unbeaten run despite dealing with key losses because of injuries and COVID-19. The Blues crushed National League team Chesterfield 5-1 in the FA Cup on Saturday. Spurs, meanwhile, are 6-1-1 in their last eight, with last week's 2-0 loss to Chelsea in the first leg the only blemish. They beat League Two squad Morecambe in Sunday's FA Cup match. The winner faces Liverpool or Arsenal in the EFL Cup Final on Feb. 27.

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Kickoff is set for 2:45 p.m. ET at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London. Caesars Sportsbook lists Chelsea as the slight +155 favorite (risk $100 to win $155) on the 90-minute money line in its latest Tottenham vs. Chelsea odds, with Spurs the +175 underdog. A draw is listed at +240 and the over-under for total goals scored is set at 2.5. Before you lock in your Chelsea vs. Tottenham picks or make any EFL Cup predictions, you have to see what proven soccer insider Martin Green has to say.

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After working in the sports betting industry for several years, Green became a professional sports writer and handicapper and has covered the game worldwide. Since then, his European soccer picks have been stunningly accurate. Green has generated more than $37,000 for $100 bettors since the 2017-18 season, and he has his finger on the pulse of the game all over the globe.

Now, Green has broken down Tottenham vs. Chelsea from every angle and locked in his coveted EFL picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see Green's picks. Here are the betting lines and trends for Chelsea vs. Tottenham:

  • Tottenham vs. Chelsea spread: Chelsea -0.5 (+150)
  • Tottenham vs. Chelsea over-under: 2.5 goals
  • Tottenham vs. Chelsea money line: Spurs +175, Chelsea +155, Draw +240
  • TOT: Tottenham has scored 23 goals in its 18 EPL matches
  • CHE: Chelsea has 22 goals in its past 10 in all competitions

Why you should back Chelsea

The Blues got goals from both Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner in Saturday's FA Cup win, and that should give them confidence. Both missed time with injuries and COVID, but Lukaku has eight goals while Werner has six and two assists in all competitions. Kai Havertz had one of the goals in last week's win against Spurs and has scored and set up two.

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One of the keys to Chelsea's attack is Mason Mount, who regularly creates chances and can also find the back of the net. Mount has five goals and seven assists and he leads the Blues in shots (38), with 18 on target (T-6 in EPL). Chelsea has scored two or more goals in five of its last six games across all competitions.

Why you should back Tottenham

Spurs have the home-field advantage and are healthier than Chelsea, and they could take advantage of the Blues sitting on their lead. Tottenham has the talent up top with Harry Kane and Lucas Moura to do some damage against a depleted defense. Chelsea also will be without elite goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, who is dealing with COVID-19 at the Africa Cup of Nations. Kane and Moura both scored in Sunday's victory.

Kane has been quiet in league play but has 10 goals overall this season. Moura can fill in with top scorer Son Heung-Min out with injury, and he has six goals and five assists in all competitions. Tottenham is also 7-1-0 in its last eight at Hotspur Stadium. Spurs also has won two of the last four League Cup meetings against Chelsea, both at home.

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How to make Tottenham vs. Chelsea picks

Green has scrutinized Chelsea vs. Tottenham from all sides, and he is leaning under on the goal total. He also provides his confident best bets and gives his full breakdown of the match. He's only sharing his EFL Cup picks at SportsLine.

So who wins Chelsea vs. Tottenham? And where does all the betting value lie? Visit SportsLine now to see the best bets for Tottenham vs. Chelsea, all from the European soccer expert who has generated well over $37,000 for $100 bettors over the past four seasons, and find out.

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