Will Tottenham drop record signing for Cup final? SkySports pundit names predicted XI

Will Erik Lamela miss out for Tottenham against Chelsea?

SkySports pundits Ray Parlour and Tony Gale have named their predicted starting XIs for the upcoming Capital One Cup final.

Chelsea and Tottenham face off at Wembley in a repeat of the 2008 final, which Spurs won 2-1 after extra time courtesy of a goal from Jonathan Woodgate.

Tottenham will be hoping for no injuries in Thursday night's Europa League clash against Fiorentina, as well as being able to come into the match against the Blues on a high.

Chelsea takeaways

Ex-Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour sees Ramires coming in for Nemanja Matic, who is suspended after his push on Burnley's Ashley Barnes last weekend.

Another big call is the absence of Gary Cahill, with the in-form Kurt Zouma selected ahead of John Terry in his place. 

Star names like Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa pick themselves, while Spurs will have to be on guard for in-form Branislav Ivanovic who can't stop scoring. Meanwhile, he sees Thibaut Courtois getting the nod in goal, despite Petr Cech playing in the early stages of the competition and coming into the team recently. It would be the first chance for the Belgian to win a trophy for Chelsea.

Tottenham takeaways

Tottenham face a big decision in goal, and former West Ham player Tony Gale predicts that first choice Hugo Lloris will get the nod. Summer signing and second choice Michel Vorm has played throughout the competition, including the semi-finals, but his FA Cup error against Leicester may suggest Spurs cannot afford not to play their strongest team.

There is also no room in the side for record signing Erik Lamela, with the Argentine missing out in attack along with Andros Townsend. The duo are competing with Nacer Chadli, Mousa Dembele and Christian Eriksen for three positions.

In defence there are a couple of interesting calls too, with Danny Rose keeping his place ahead of Ben Davies, and youngster Eric Dier losing his place for Federico Fazio, who has battled Diego Costa many a time in La Liga.

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