Paul Merson predicts Tottenham v Chelsea Capital One Cup final

Former Arsenal star expects Chelsea to beat Tottenham.

Tottenham take on Chelsea in the League Cup final this weekend, in a repeat of the 2008 clash.

Juande Ramos led Spurs to victory seven years ago, but Mauricio Pochettino will not enjoy the same success, believes former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson.

A pundit for SkySports, Merson said in his weekly predictions column that he sees Jose Mourinho's side lifting the trophy.

He said: "It will be a tight game. There is no Nemanja Matic, which makes a massive difference for Chelsea. I think Chelsea will just win 2-1, although it will be a hard, hard game for them - and a good game too."

Merson has not had the best track record of predicting Spurs games this season, earlier this season expecting Chelsea to win comprehensively at White Hart Lane, only to see them beaten 5-3.

Harry Kane scored a brace in that clash, and there will be big expectations upon the striker, who has scored 24 goals in all competitions this season.

Mauricio Pochettino used him sparingly against Fiorentina, dropping him to the bench in both legs, which proved costly in Italy as replacement Roberto Soldado blew the chance to put Spurs in front.

If Kane can fire Tottenham to victory, the Europa League loss will quickly be forgotten, and it will be Jose Mourinho under the spotlight as he searches for his first trophy upon his return to Chelsea.

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