Stamford Bridge will assuredly witness an entertaining plus energetic match coming afternoon as two Premier League rivals collide for the Capital One Cup, as the winners will mount to the final and being labelled the favourites. They could either face Sheffield United or Tottenham Hotspur who are involved in the other half of the semis. The first leg ended 1-1 where fabulous wingers plus dream team stars, Eden Hazard and Raheem Sterling found the back of the net for their side. It was one of the finest performances by Liverpool at Anfield, noticeably unfortunate not bagging a victory in front of the home fans. Chelsea were somewhat below par, only placing two shots on goal, on the other hand at London it will be a totally different story.
The Blues grabbed the headlines two days back for the wrong and unexpected reason, after losing to Braford City in the FA Cup. Hence a defeat to Liverpool this time will end another cup progress in the space of four days. Jose Mourinho labelled the defeat as disgrace after slipping a two goal lead, opening leeway for the visitors to fire four goals pass Peter Cech. Many notable key players missed the fixture eyeing the semifinals against The Reds, such as John Terry, Willian, Branislav Ivanovic and others. They will be raring to feature back to the starting lineup.
The Merseyside Reds are vastly unerring at the moment, 10 matches unbeaten in all competitions and jostling away their porous and uninspiring start of the season. Brendan Rodgers will be rather disappointed with a goalless draw against Bolton but could have a breather witnessing Spurs, Chelsea and Manchester City all facing nosedives. If he wants to guide his team to trophy glory this season, the Capital One Cup is just two frantic steps away. The former Swansea boss still frenzied and frazzled upfront, placing immense shots yet not finding the back of the net. Fabio Borini who has been starting lately, evidently do not have the finishing prowess to trouble the Chelsea backline. Moreover, the 3-4-3 formation seems to be risky if you’re up against attackers who are never short of speed. Eden Hazard, Oscar and Willian can tear apart any defense on a good day, hence the Liverpool boss need to be more cautious.
The visitors will once again rely on their inspirational captain Steven Gerrard to make wonders from the middle of the park. The 34-year who will leave the club in the summer has the best change to leave with silverware. The England international is a player who is greatly admired by Mourinho but will ensure Gerrard has no space to work on any magic. The Reds know they need to start in attack right after the whistle is blown as if the game ends without a goal, Chelsea will go through via away goals rules. The tunnel burst-up between Diego Costa and Jordan Henderson sparked some last minute heat last weekend which will resume till the final whistle. Can Rodgers finally secure a win over his former mentor?