Seeley’s Selections – Liverpool v Chelsea – Capital One Cup
Liverpool v Chelsea
How high is Capital One Cup success on Jose Mourinho’s list of priorities?
That is the question you have to ask when contemplating the conundrum that is the semi-final first leg between Chelsea and Liverpool at Anfield.
Well, judging by the starting XI the “special one” has put out throughout the competition, I can’t see the Blues easing up in their pursuit to win an unprecedented four trophies this season.
Mourinho has a strong affection for this competition having won his first trophy for the Blues at Wembley against tonight’s opponents in 2004 and he would like nothing more than to led his side out at Wembley again for the first time since his return to Stamford Bridge.
The Blues are just 6/5 with BoyleSports to win at Anfield and just 5/6 to go the whole way and win the competition and a win here would see those odds tumble yet again with either Tottenham or Sheffield United awaiting in the Wembley final.
Before, we get carried away here, Liverpool will be no push-overs at Anfield.
I’ve been Brendan Rodgers’ biggest critic this season and the Reds will want to avenge their slip-up in the league last season which cost them the Premier League title.
The Reds have only lost once in their last 14 matches and are the in-form team in the country, but this is a serious step up to what they’ve faced in that run.
Mourinho has only ever beaten Liverpool twice in nine previous cup meetings and the record eight times league cup winners always have their supporters and they will be out in force again at BoyleSports’ stand-out 13/5 to produce a shock win.
The problem for me is I just can’t see this Liverpool defence keeping this rampant Chelsea side quiet. The Blues have scored two or more goals in nine of their last ten matches and I fancy them to score again in this one.
My banker of the clash is both teams to score which is available at BoyleSports’ 3/4, it might not be something that tempts you in as a single but it’s certainly one for the midweek trebles.
In the last eight matches at Anfield both teams to score have come in on six occasions and Chelsea have conceded in four of their last six away matches.
With goals expected by both teams a small play on a Chelsea 2-1 win at 15/2 with BoyleSports would be where I’m heading and for a goalscorer? This match will mean more to Steven Gerrard than any other player on the pitch after his slip in last season’s Premier League clash and the 31/10 on Stevie G to makes amends with a goal seems destined to happen.
Both Teams To Score – Yes @ 3/4
Correct Score: Liverpool 1-2 Chelsea @ 15/2
Steven Gerrard Anytime Goalscorer @ 31/10