STAR PREVIEW Liverpool v Chelsea

first_img[dropcap]J[/dropcap]ust what the doctor ordered last night. The recommended bet of the DRAW came up trumps for my 8 point bet with Star Sports and the Everton v West Brom game was about as exciting as I implied it might be on ‘Blue Monday’ !!Capital One Cup action tonight for the other half of Merseyside as Liverpool take on Chelsea in their 1st Leg Semi Final (LIVE SKY 7.45pm).I’m finding this tricky to call. If it was a Premier League I’d obviously lean towards Chelsea on current form but the two legged nature of this semi-final, combined with home advantage for Liverpool and the thought that this competition presumably now means a lot more to them given their league position of eighth.Liverpool remain the most successful club in League Cup history with eight trophies and 11 finals and have a edge on Chelsea across all their head to head encounters.Manager Brendan Rodgers is seeking his first trophy with Liverpool said: “We see this as an opportunity this season to win a trophy. It’s a group that’s forming – and winning a trophy, a competition, could really bring the future of the team on. Over the last 10 years, [Chelsea] have shown once you win the first one, you can go on and sustain it. They will tell you that first trophy was the most important.”Both teams are likely to be close to full strength with a Wembley final around the corner, and Chelsea are certainly in with chances of a ‘Quadruple’ given their position at the top of the Premier League table, running deep in both this competition and the FA Cup (need to beat Bradford to reach fifth round) and going strong in the Champions League.Captain Steven Gerrard is expected to be back for Liverpool after being rested for their previous match against Aston Villa.Liverpool v ChelseaCapital One Cup, Semi Final 1st leg7.45pm LIVE SKYHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Nov 2014 Premier Liverpool 1-2 ChelseaApr 2014 Premier Liverpool 0-2 ChelseaDec 2013 Premier Chelsea 2-1 LiverpoolApr 2013 Premier Liverpool 2-2 ChelseaNov 2012 Premier Chelsea 1-1 LiverpoolMay 2012 Premier Liverpool 4-1 ChelseaMay 2012 FA Cup Chelsea 2-1 LiverpoolNov 2011 Carling Cup Chelsea 0-2 LiverpoolNov 2011 Premier Chelsea 1-2 LiverpoolFeb 2011 Premier Chelsea 0-1 LiverpoolAgain, I’m going for the draw – this time at 12/5 with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK DRAW for 8 points at around 12/5 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 49.77 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more