Prediction Panel 2007/8: League Cup Final - preview and predictions


Antony Melvin

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24/02/2008 12:30:00.
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The 2008 League Cup final brings together two fierce rivals from London, Chelsea and Tottenham; both have changed managers this season and therefore this will be the first opportunity for Avram Grant or Juande Ramos to pick up silverware with their respective new club.

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League Cup Final 2007/8; 24 February 2008

Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur

Chelsea under the half-forgotten Jose Mourinho were adept at winning the league, but were also adept at hoovering up the domestic cups - winning two league cups and an FA Cup. Avram Grant has started his time at Chelsea with good results, but now needs to find a golden touch in the high pressure matches like this if he is to be a Chelsea legend.

Tottenham have always been a good cup team, but this is their last League Cup final since 2002 when Graeme Souness selected a silver-haired Mark Hughes to anchor the midfield and his experience was enough to dominate a Spurs side that suffered from collective stage-fright and overblown expectations. The last win for Spurs was in 1999, when Manchester United won everything else.

The improvement under Juande Ramos means that Chelsea are now a top six side in waiting and any cup final between teams in the top six is bound to be tense and tight. Don't expect too many goals.

Robbie Keane has the form to belie Spurs' outsider status
Joe Cole offers the Chelsea value
Closely contested finals can be littered with bookings

Paul Grech: Chelsea win
Colin Illingworth: 3-2 win to Chelsea
Hugh Larkin; Penalties
Antony Melvin: Tottenham win after extra time

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