TEAM news is everything when looking a bet on the first leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final at Anfield.
If this was a league game on current form the Blues would be my Super Single – but while I believe Chelsea will qualify for the Final they may not bust a gut at Liverpool.
Chelsea were sublime at Swansea on Saturday – and if they play close to that level eith the same 11 players they’ll blow away Liverpool and of course won there 2-1 in the league earlier this season.
Jose Mourinho’s men are clearly the strongest side in the Premier League and my antepost tips are nailed on for the title.
Chelsea’s 5-0 sinking of the Swans moved them five clear at the top and while the League Cup isn’t the manager’s priority he has always treated the tournament with respect – winning it twice in three seasons in his first spell in charge.
In the last round at Derby he fielded half his stars and he’s named a full squad for tonight.
I expect three or four changes from the Liberty Stadium line-up but hopefully he’ll field Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and Oscar and rest his main men for Saturday’s FA Cup clash with Bradford.
Hold off for the team news and if he goes with Costa and Co back the Blues at 5-4 with Paddy Power. If not consider the draw at 5-2 with McBookie and BetVictor as that will suit Chelsea ahead of a return at Stamford Bridge.
Liverpool have improved with one defeat in 14 and could have Steven Gerrard back but without Daniel Sturridge their attack isn’t good enough to back them at 13-5 with boylesports.
Chelsea are 4-5 favourites at McBookie to win the Capital One Cup. A Chelsea-Spurs final at Wembley looks on and pays 1-2.
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