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Taking a look at the upcoming Carabao Cup Semi-Final fixtures

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The draw for the Carabao Cup Semi-Finals took place on Wednesday and despite the main attraction being Piers Morgan sporting a Tottenham Hotspur shirt, we face a couple of very attractive ties in January.

But who, out of Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City and Burton Albion will progress and who will lift the first domestic trophy of the season?

 

Tottenham Vs Chelsea

This London derby is always a spicy affair and is rich in the modern history of this competition. These teams faced each other in the 2008 and 2015 finals with each side coming out victorious on separate occasions. 

However, the landscape is very different this season and arguable Spurs will go into this semi-final as slight favourites. Arsenal was dispatched relatively easily in the quarter-finals and Spurs also comfortably beat Chelsea in the league last month. 

However, Maurizio Sarri will be looking for his first ever trophy as a manager and will be buoyed by the fact that Eden Hazard scored last night to sneak past Bournemouth. A victory over two legs against Spurs will also bring huge momentum to Chelsea’s league campaign which has hit a few bumps recently.

In all, this game will be a very hotly-contested game and I can’t see there being more than one goal in it over the two legs, however, I think Tottenham’s firepower with Harry Kane and Dele Alli will just get them over the line.

Manchester City Vs Burton Albion

Holders Manchester City will face League One Burton Albion in January and will attempt to make it to a fourth final in the last six years. For Burton, this is their first semi-final in this competition, having never previously made it past the 3rdRound.

Manchester City fans and the football world will be expecting The Citizens to make light work of their opponents and set up another Carabao Cup Final. Tuesday saw the returning Kevin De Bruyne score a wonderful goal and although that did not prove to be the match winner, it reminded everyone just how much De Bruyne brings to this City side.

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For Burton Albion, this match highlights the progress the club has made over the last decade and will be a crowning moment for The Brewers. Burton has defeated Championship opposition in the previous three rounds and the game at the Pirelli Stadium will be watched by a bumper crowd. 

Nothing is expected of Burton Albion in this game, however, as we saw with Bristol City last season, Manchester City will have to ensure they play at their best to make sure they don’t become another victim of Burton Albion’s cup run. This, I don’t believe, will be a problem for City and I expect them to come out on top over the two legs, albeit by not too much.

THE FINAL

Manchester City’s reign of dominance in England looks set to continue, at least in this competition and although Spurs or Chelsea will be a test for Guardiola’s side, I believe City will retain the trophy and become the first side since Manchester United in 2009 and 2010 to do so. 

 

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