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Friday, February 22, 2008

20 Things about Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur Carling Cup Final

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Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur Carling Cup Final 2008: Live Score and Live Updates

There are just less than 24 hours left before the Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur Carling Cup final match kicks off. The match is now the center of all attention and fans of both sides are eagerly waiting for the weekend match. Chelsea is the defending champion of the tournament and is considered to be favorite against Tottenham Hotspur on the basis of their head to head previous record.

However, it is a different game out there at the Wembley stadium. So, the previous record does not have any effect on the upcoming match. Chelsea has maintained their progress in all the competitions, despite a string of injury woes. Tottenham Hotspur got off to a poor start this season though they have recovered the early setback since manager Juande Ramos joined Tottenham Hotspur during the season.

Tottenham Hotspur is currently at the 11th position in the premier league table and has already been out of the title race. Chelsea, however, is still in the title race with just eight points behind the leader Arsenal. So, they are very much in the title race at the premier league. It does not mean that they will have less interest to win the title of league cup. So, we can expect an interesting match.

Today, I have arranged some information regarding the Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur match. Here, I am sharing the information with you:

  1. The match will be held at the newly built Wembley Stadium for the first time this year. The Carling Cup final was being held at the Millennium Stadium of Cardiff for the last seven seasons.
  2. The match will take place on 24 February 2008 at 15:00 GMT.
  3. The live commentary of the match will be available on BBC Radio Five Live.
  4. Sky Sports will bring the live action of the match for the viewers of the channel.
  5. Out of their last 28 meetings Chelsea won in 21 matches including three of the last four matches. ITV1 will telecast the highlight of the match (excluding the STV region).
  6. Interestingly, managers of both sides have been appointed during the ongoing season. Avram Grant succeeded Jose Mourinho, while Tottenham Hotspur coach Juande Ramos took over from Martin Jol.
  7. Chelsea is the only premier league team who are active in all the competitions of this season. Aside from Carling Cup, they can also win FA Cup, Premier League and Champions League. Besides Carling Cup, Tottenham Hotspur is now active in UEFA Cup.
  8. Both Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are two of the most successful clubs in the history of Carling (league) Cup. Chelsea won the competition in four occasions, while Tottenham Hotspur won the Carling Cup trophy thrice so far.
  9. Chelsea won two of the last three Carling Cup title. However, Tottenham Hotspur does not have any recent success in Carling Cup. They won the Carling Cup title last time in 1999. They also reached the 2002 Carling Cup Final where they were beaten by Blackburn Rovers 2-1. This was first Carling Cup final for Tottenham Hotspur in the 21st century.
  10. Chelsea won five and drew three out of their last eight matches in all competitions.
  11. Tottenham Hotspur reached the final by defeating Arsenal 6-1 on aggregate, while Chelsea defeated Everton 3-1 on aggregate in the semi final of Carling Cup 2007-2008 season.
  12. Tottenham Hotspur projected four victories, three draws and suffered a defeat out of their last eight matches in all competitions.
  13. Chelsea manager Avram Grant is reportedly going to keep Captain John Terry and midfielder Frank Lampard out of the starting line up for the Carling Cup final.
  14. Tottenham Hotspur Captain Ledley King is expected to be back in action with the Carling Cup final.
  15. Tottenham goal keeper Paul Robinson thinks that he will be in the starting line up of Tottenham Hotspur for the Carling Cup final. He thinks that his performance against Slavia Prague in the 1-1 draw match was impressive.
  16. Chelsea coach Grant has a full strength squad ahead of the Carling Cup final as all the key players of Chelsea are now fit. So, the fans can be hopeful for the Chelsea.
  17. Tottenham Hotspur will get Gilberto available for the Carling Cup final as he is expected to recover from his hamstring injury before the match. This would be the first match for him in the new club since his move from Hertha Berlin during the January transfer window.
  18. Tottenham Hotspur has a number of injury problems including Gareth Bale, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Benoit Assou-Ekotto etc.
  19. Juande Ramos said that the Carling Cup final match was like a personal dream to him.
  20. Ramos is said to be specialist of Cup competition as he has won UEFA Cup and Copa del Roy with his former club Sevilla.

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