Chelsea vs Liverpool: Capital One Cup semi-final second leg preview

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Liverpool head to Stamford Bridge for the second leg of the Capital One Cup semi final, the tie is currently level at 1-1 thanks to the pulsating clash at Anfield last Tuesday. 

Away goals in the League Cup don’t count until after extra time, which means Liverpool will have to score to have a chance of advancing.

Eden Hazard's first half penalty was cancelled out by Raheem Sterling's solo strike midway through the first half last week, and Chelsea remained level thanks to the brilliance of Thibaut Courtois, who produced a clutter of fine saves.

Chelsea will be coming into the tie on the back of a humbling 4-2 defeat at home to League One outfit Bradford City in the FA Cup at the weekend, while Liverpool drew a blank at home to Bolton Wanderers.

It's a crunch week for Chelsea who also host title rivals Manchester City in west London on Saturday. It began in the worst possible way against Bradford, and manager Jose Mourinho vowed to concentrate solely on the game against Liverpool.

"The next game is the most important one," Mourinho was quoted saying by Sky Sports. "We need to forget this one and start the next game in a different competition, and I know we are one victory away from playing a final."

Liverpool may be boosted by the return of star striker Daniel Sturridge, he has not featured for the Reds since August, having been hampered by thigh and calf injuries. Brendan Rodgers has vowed not to risk his fitness by throwing him in too early.

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Branislav Ivanovic, Nemanja Matic and Diego Costa are all set to return to the side that lost against Bradford on Saturday. Meanwhile, Liverpool will welcome back Martin Skrtel, Alberto Moreno, Steven Gerrard and Lazar Markovic back to the team that featured against Bolton, both Mario Balotelli and Daniel Sturridge may be amongst the substitutes.

Kick off is set for 7:45pm, with coverage beginning at 7 on Sky Sports 1.

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