CHELSEA vs Liverpool: Carling Cup Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Date: Tuesday, 29 November

Kick-off: 1945 GMT

 

Here we go then, yet another meeting with Liverpool and in spite of our win against Wolves in the League at the weekend, the knives are still a little to close to AVB’s back for comfort.   As for Daliglish, well that smug fucker is safe in the knowledge that he hasn’t lost against us in 12 previous games as Liverpool manager.

Of course, we can shrug it off as ‘just the Carling Cup’ although any defeat to the scousers comes hard, not least of all because we only lost to them ten days ago.  Any repeat of that will therefore not be easy to stomach.

 

 

MANAGERS’ VIEWS

After our weekend’s win, AVB isn’t exactly getting ideas above his station although it’s probably fair to say his focus remains on results aside from tonight’s.  The Chelsea manager says “We’re not going to fill ourselves with arrogance and think this is going to be a good period from now on.  We have to wait and see but what makes us proud in this difficult situation is that if we reflect on the games we played we didn’t deserve the results we ended up with.  December will be very important.  We have the Champions League fixture to play but the rest are Premier League fixtures and December can have a part to play in what will happen.  For Chelsea to continue to be competitive we will need a good December and then see more or less how it ends up for us.  We have important games, Newcastle away, Man City at home, Tottenham away, difficult games but that can change the table. Hopefully we can be up to that level.”

Dalglish meanwhile, seems content to whinge – for a change – saying ”To ask any team or any players to play two games of high intensity in 48 hours is a bit of a joke.  We know we’ve got to accept it although we don’t agree with it, and it won’t affect the application or give us an excuse.   ’There’ll be one or two bumps and bruises I would have thought, and maybe one or two missing, but we have a strong squad and we’ve made changes in other Carling Cup matches.”

 

 

SQUAD NEWS

For Chelsea, Essien (knee) remains out and Meireles is cup-tied and we should expect plenty of changes from the side that beat Wolves.  Lukaku, McEachran and Kalou could be in, Torres might even get a start although JT’s unfortunate yellow against Wolves means he misses out through suspension.

For Liverpool, Dalglish is expected to make changes as well. Bellamy is likely to return, Carragher should make his first appearance in over a month and there could be recalls for Kelly, Maxi Rodriguez, Spearing and Carroll.

 

 

TEAMS

CHELSEA (from): Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Bertrand, Alex, Cole, Luiz, Mikel, Romeu, Ramires, Lampard, Mata, Malouda, McEachran, Torres, Drogba, Kalou, Sturridge, Lukaku, Turnbull.

LIVERPOOL (from): Reina, Kelly, Carragher, Coates, Enrique, Spearing, Lucas, Rodriguez, Henderson, Carroll, Bellamy, Doni, Johnson, Agger, Skrtel, Wilson, Aurelio, Adam, Downing, Kuyt, Suarez.

 

 

LAST MEETING

Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool (20th November 2011)

 

 

PREDICTION

It’s our fifth meeting in League Cup history and we’ve had 2 wins each so far – with ours the more recent.  But in spite of us winning 12 of our 29 games since 2004 (to Lierpool’s 10), Dalglish has never lost to us in 12 games as Liverpool manager.  Irrespective of a comfortable win against Wolves at the weekend, to be honest this is probably the last tie we need right now. Optimistic of a win? In a word – no.

4 Responses to “CHELSEA vs Liverpool: Carling Cup Preview”

  1. Not optimistic either; fair play AVB, he said he’ll stick with youth and fringe for the Carling Cup and won’t go back on that now but hush Kenny, he’ll be playing a strong team as this remains a great source of silverware for them and bragging rites on us…again. That all said, with the changes expected, and I hope Romeu gets the nod again despite playing Saturday, a bit of pressure will be off and a bit of the unexpected for the scouzers. It’s a great opportunity for Josh etc to show the boss something

  2. We would like to see our players responding very perfectly to this match. But we should stick by the policy of fielding younger players except Lukaku bcoz he’s too slow to play against L’pool. Im extremely happy to see Luiz play regularly and avoid mistakes as well. The same should be afforded to Romeu. I believe Lampard, Merriles and Mikel watched from him on how to play in that position, he surely deserves more time. Let us try Josh, give him maximum time and we’ll never lone him out.

  3. Hello there chaps, hope for a fair and exciting game today!

    As a Liverpool fan, i can guarantee the author of this article is right: Liverpool will take this seriously. Despite the claims of King Kenny, he will know were only were only a few steps away from a cup final, and a chance of silverware. So my guess is that a decent lineup will start.

    My prediction of our lineup against Chelsea:

    ——————————Reina———————

    Kelly—Carragher—Coates/Wilson—-Robinson/Aurelio

    Kuyt/Hendo—–Spearing——Lucas/Hendo——Maxi

    ———————-Bellamy————————–

    ——————————Carroll——————–

    Guarenteed to happen:

    Suarez for Carrol/Bellamy – even if were winning the game, Suarez provides workrate and hates missing out on any games. Should happen between 65 – 75 mins.

    Maxi to come off for Downing: Maxi has brilliant combination play with most of the team but can never last 90 mins! will probably happen 70 – 80 mins.

    I also wouldn’t be surprised if Aurelio plays on left wing and maxi plays on right, as KK has already done it before.

    My prediction: 2-2 at 90 mins, 2-3 after extra time, Carragher to score the winner with 2 mins left from 30 yards!

    I know……..I may be a dreamer……….but i’m not the only one!

  4. For some reason, the fact that we are playing youth has me quietly optimistic. I have the feeling that we play better when we have the youngsters in the team as they have more to prove.

    Fair enough, we might be more prone to errors, but the senior team has not exactly been playing error free for a while anyway.

    As much as I would like to see romeu get the nod, the fact that he played the full 90 minutes on saturday make me think AVB might give a starting place to mikel instead…. pity.