Chelsea will face London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the Carabao Cup fourth round on Tuesday following a ruling by the EFL.

Spurs have been awarded a bye in their third-round match after several Leyton Orient players tested positive for covid-19, which prevented the match scheduled for Tuesday, 22 September going ahead as planned.

The official statement from the EFL reads: “In accordance with Carabao Cup rules, Tottenham Hotspur have been awarded with a bye to progress to round four of the Carabao Cup and will now play Chelsea on Tuesday, 29 September.”

The game will take place at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (7.45pm UK time) and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.

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The tie presents another opportunity for Frank Lampard to get one over his former manager at Chelsea Jose Mourinho, who he has admittedly taken inspiration from.

Lampard and Mourinho went head to head twice last season and the apprentice came out on top on both occasions. A 2-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in December 2019 was followed by a 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge in February.

This could also be the first London derby for Chelsea’s summer signings, although Timo Werner, for example, has already played against Spurs for RB Leipzig in the Champions League and even scored at their new stadium in February.

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