AFTER all the excitement of the FA Cup over the last four days it’s straight into the League Cup with Chelsea taking on Liverpool for a place in the Wembley final.
The sides are locked at 1-1 after the first leg so either side needs to score to avoid extra time – and only then will the away-goals rule kick in.
Jose Mourinho boss was genuinely bemused by his side’s collapse at home to Bradford in the FA Cup – let’s hope he wasn’t the big hitter who put £44k on a home win at 1-100 when they led 2-0.
Mourinho labelled the 4-2 defeat as “disgraceful, shameful and embarrassing” and wasn’t wrong. His stunned stars will have got the message as they aim to make amends in the second leg of their Capital One Cup semi against Liverpool.
Mourinho rested players against Bradford and John Terry was the one missed most. The 34-year-old skipper will be back tonight and can lead the Blues, who start level at 1-1, into a Wembley final.
Liverpool played well at Anfield but a lack of goals was again highlighted as they were held 0-0 by Bolton – a result that robbed a punter of a maximum £1 million payout on Neil Lennon’s underdogs.
Chelsea are a bit short 13-20 with McBookie to win in 90 minutes and 1-3 at William Hill to qualify. The Reds are 5-1 at Betfred on the night and 10-3 at Betfred to reach the Final.
Diego Costa wasn’t involved on Saturday but will be back to lead the line and is 17-5 with McBookie to score first. He was well marshalled at Anfield though so first-leg scorer Eden Hazard could be the better bet at 6-1 with McBookie and BetVictor.
There could be a surprise return for Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge but he’ll be ring rusty after a long lay-off. The England man is 3-1 at Ladbrokes to net and skipper Steven Gerrard will also be back.
The first leg was cagey but tonight should be open as it’s now basically a one-off match. Consider over 2.5 goals at 4-5 with McBookie and BetVictor.
Hazard to score first
(6-1, McBookie, BetVictor)
Over 2.5 goals
(4-5, McBookie, BetVictor)
|Paddy Power||2 Up - You win! Paddy Power will pay you as a winner straight away if your team goes 2 goals up at any stage in the game. Ends Jan 9th.||CLAIM OFFER|
|Racebets||Use code WELCOME for up to £50 matched bonus when you join Racebets.||CLAIM OFFER|
|Marathonbet||Get a £20 matched bonus when you open a new account at Marathonbet. Use code TV20||CLAIM OFFER|
|Coral||Opt in to Coral's Bet & Get Club and receive a free £5 bet each week.||CLAIM OFFER|
|BetVictor||Bet £10 Get £60 when you open a new account at BetVictor.||CLAIM OFFER|