However, without a win in their last four games, the Argentine is expected to name his strongest line-up here with the season’s first piece of silverware on offer to the victor – an option not available to Jose Mourinho, who is unable to call upon Nemanja Matic.
Chelsea have recorded two successive draws in their last two games – against PSG and Burnley. In fact, the Blues have only won three of their last eight games in all competitions.
Given their extended break between their last match and this, it’s of little surprise to note that Chelsea are favourites here but, as we saw in January, Spurs are more than a match for their opponents and the 33/5 available on a Spurs win by the odd goal is likely to tempt a few.
Similarly, Harry Kane gave the Blues’ back line all sorts of problems when they last met and the 6/1 on offer for him to break the deadlock, or 9/5 anytime, both look like worthy selections.
With so much on the line in a game that’s always fiercely contested, it may also be worth considering set-piece specialist Christian Eriksen to get his name on the scoresheet anytime at 19/5.
Finally, goals are commonplace in this fixture with both teams scoring in eight of their last eleven meetings and the 19/25 on offer for both teams to score here certainly seems plausible.