Chelsea vs Liverpool: Capital One Cup match preview

A look ahead to tonight's semi-final second leg at Stamford Bridge

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Chelsea go into Wednesday's second leg on the back of an embarrassing 4-2 defeat to League One Bradford at the weekend, whilst Liverpool’s 0-0 draw at home to Bolton will do little to ease the nerves within Brendan Rogers' squad.

Unsurprisingly, both managers are expected to field strong line-ups.  Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is likely to return to the squad after being rested on Saturday and Daniel Sturridge could return to the bench after being out since August with injury.

As for Chelsea, Eden Hazard should regain his place in the starting eleven after only being used a as a sub against Bradford, with leading goal scorer Diego Costa likely to spearhead the attack.

With last week’s first leg ending 1-1 the ties is finely poised.

 

KICK OFF: Wednesday 7:45 PM

PAST THREE MEETINGS:

Liverpool 1 - 1 Chelsea, League Cup, Tue 20 Jan 2015

Liverpool 1 - 2 Chelsea, Premier League, Sat 08 Nov 2014

Liverpool 0 - 2 Chelsea, Premier League , Sun 27 Apr 2014

 

STATS:

The Blues have only lost once at home in the League Cup under Mourinho.

Liverpool brushed aside the Blues 2-0 the last time the two sides met in 2011’s competition.

Liverpool hold a 69-55 head to head record over Chelsea.

Liverpool’s run in this season's Capital One Cup is their best performance since Rodgers arrived in 2012.

Liverpool holds a record eight League Cup trophies- double that of Chelsea’s (4).

 

ODDS:

Chelsea - 4/6

Liverpool - 5/1

Draw - 10/3

 

TV: Sky Sports 1

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