Opta Big Match Stats: Chelsea to set the cup final tone

Eden Hazard scored in both league clashes with Tottenham
Eden Hazard scored in both league clashes with Tottenham

The Opta trends point to Chelsea starting strongest in a high-scoring Capital One Cup final against Tottenham...

"Just two of Spurs’ 12 Capital One Cup goals this season have been scored in the first half."
Recommended Bet: Back Chelsea to be winning at half time @ 5/42.28

Chelsea v Tottenham
Sunday, 16:00
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Match Odds: Chelsea 5/71.69, Tottenham 5/15.8, The Draw 4.1

Just two of Spurs' 12 Capital One Cup goals this season have been scored in the first half

Chelsea's Capital One Cup success this term has been built on establishing control early in each round. They broke the deadlock in every contest besides the semi-final second leg against Liverpool - which they technically did anyway in extra time after a goalless 90 minutes - and led at the interval in the previous two away from Stamford Bridge.

Tottenham meanwhile have carved a niche for waiting until the final five minutes of games to apply irresistible pressure. They fired first-half blanks in their previous two fixtures and trailed at the break in two of their last three domestic encounters against fellow Londoners Arsenal and West Ham.

Recommended Bet: Back Chelsea to be winning at half time @ 5/42.28


Only one of the last 11 Capital One Cup finals has seen fewer than three goals scored

That figure is slightly misleading as three of the ten that went over 2.5 goals required extra time to get over the line, but the 2013 and 2014 editions made it there in the regulation 90 minutes, and Chelsea and Tottenham should have no trouble following suit.

Their most recent seven showdowns served up 33 goals - an average of 4.7 per match - and both of this season's Premier League clashes conformed to the pattern, with Chelsea winning 3-0 at Stamford Bridge and Tottenham claiming a spectacular 5-3 dose of revenge at White Hart Lane.

Recommended Bet: Back over 2.5 goals @ 5/61.86


Didier Drogba played in both the 2005 and 2007 finals under Jose Mourinho, scoring in both

The likelihood is that Drogba will start Sunday's showpiece on the bench, though his massive total of 21 substitute appearances already in 2014/15 proves that he is usually given a chance to make an impact, and nobody does that better than the Ivorian at Wembley.

Drogba has played in three Capital One Cup finals and scored in every one - netting four times in total - and the 36-year-old is able to stack four goals in four FA Cup finals on top of that tally.

Recommended Bet: Back Drogba to score @ 9/52.8

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