Liverpool vs Chelsea: Capital One Cup Semi-Final First Leg Match Preview

Chelsea take on Liverpool in the first leg of the Capital One Cup semi-finals on Tuesday at Anfield. With both teams coming off victories from their league matches, this is set to be a thrilling affair.



Courtois has recovered from his thumb injury, but recent form may see Cech selected ahead of him. Cesar Azpilicueta is likely to miss out due to the groin injury he picked up during the match at Newcastle United. Didier Drogba is down with illness, and he too is doubtful for the clash. Diego Costa’s brace against Swansea City on Saturday means he will start, which extinguishes any hopes Loic Remy might have had of starting in the cup match. Filipe Luis will get the nod at left back and Ivanovic at right back. Kurt Zouma is expected to start alongside John Terry, which means Cahill will be rested. The central midfield will see Matic and Fabregas as usual. Ramires may feature, with Hazard and Oscar definite to be named in the starting lineup.


Mario Balotelli is doubtful with illness, while Steven Gerrard and Glen Johnson will undergo late fitness tests for their hamstring and groin injuries respectively. Jones and Joe Allen are out while Daniel Sturridge and Flanagan are long-term absentees. With Balotelli doubtful, Ricky Lambert is set to get the nod in front, flanked by Sterling and Markovic. Henderson, Coutinho and Lucas will be in the midfield. Absence of Glen Johnson means Emre Can will deputize at right back, while Sakho and Skrtel will be center halves. Alberto Moreno will be at left back.



Chelsea were in ominous form as they decimated Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium with five unanswered goals. With slick passing and movement, catalyzed by mistakes by the Swansea’s defenders, Chelsea ran riot in the first half, scoring four goals. Diego Costa and Oscar both scored braces, while Schurrle scored the fifth late in the second half. With back to back victories in the Premier League, manager Jose Mourinho suggested that the slump is over. With a cushion of five points over Manchester City now, Chelsea will be upbeat and raring to reach the finals, which will present them with a chance of the first trophy this season.


Victory against Aston Villa meant Liverpool have now gone 7 matches unbeaten in all competitions. This run of form has breathed new life into Brendan Rodgers’ side and Liverpool will be looking to cause an upset. Jordan Henderson is of the opinion that Liverpool are capable of “hurting Chelsea at Anfield”, while Rickie Lambert suggested that “Liverpool have their winning mentality back.” With players like Lazar Markovic, Jordan Henderson, Emre Can and Martin Skrtel back in form, Liverpool do seem to have the quality to beat Chelsea at Anfield.


Out of a total of 170 matches played between Liverpool and Chelsea, Liverpool have won 75 while Chelsea have won 60. Chelsea have won 3 and drawn 2 of their last 5 matches against Liverpool.


Liverpool 1-2 Chelsea 08/11/2014 (BPL)


Liverpool 1-2 Chelsea 08/11/2014 (BPL)
Liverpool 0-2 Chelsea 27/04/2014 (BPL)
Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool 29/12/2013 (BPL)
Liverpool 2-2 Chelsea 21/04/2013 (BPL)
Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool 11/11/2012 (BPL)


Chelsea: Cech (GK), Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry (C), Luis, Matic, Fabregas, Hazard, Oscar, Ramires, Costa.

Liverpool: Mignolet (GK), Can, Skrtel, Sakho, Moreno, Lucas, Henderson, Coutinho, Sterling, Markovic, Lambert.


Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea


DATE: 20/01/2015
TIME: 1945 GMT / 0115 IST (Next Day)
VENUE: Anfield

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