'Comfortably': TalkSPORT pundit has now changed his mind over who'll win between Chelsea and Spurs

Gabby Agbonlahor went back on his word when forecasting the winning side out of Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in the Carabao Cup semi-final.

Speaking on talkSPORT, the former Aston Villa striker anticipated an easy victory for Thomas Tuchel’s men in North London this evening.

The state of play for Spurs

Spurs have a huge task ahead of them if they are to reach the final, thanks to their iffy performance at Stamford Bridge this time last week.  

Chelsea mopped up their guests rather routinely and pretty much finished the game in the first half.

Kai Havertz bundled home his effort after five minutes, before a wonderfully sculptured own goal left Tottenham with a mountain to climb.

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Their only saving grace is that a come-back can be achieved, due to the relatively small score-line they need to salvage.

However, based on the initial meeting, this will be much easier said than done.

Will Chelsea cruise to victory?

For Agbonlahor, the contest is already a foregone conclusion.

He said: “The difference between that Spurs side that is going to play tonight and that Chelsea side will be seen because Chelsea will beat them comfortably tonight.

“Chelsea, on the counter-attack, Spurs chasing two goals and you’ve got to start pushing players forward.

“(Romelu) Lukaku, on that counter-attack, he will have a field day on that big pitch.”

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Forgetful Gabby

The irony is that Agbonlahor actually predicted that Conte’s team would be the one walking out at Wembley in a months’ time.

Exactly seven days ago, the ex-Villain backed Tottenham to get one over their capital city adversary across the two legs.

Ahead of the opening bout, he said: “Chelsea might make a few changes, but I see Spurs with their strongest team. So, I’m going to go Spurs favourites over two legs.”

The only thing Agbonlahor has got right so far about this match-up is that Chelsea did make changes and Spurs did go strong.

Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura and Pierre Hojbjerg all started at the Bridge, whilst the Blues brought in six new players from the previous 2-2 draw with Liverpool.

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Of course, Tottenham could still be triumphant by the final whistle tonight and prove Agbonlahor right.

We will keep our mouths shut until then.  

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.