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  • 30 November 2011
  • • 01:15
  • • Stamford Bridge, London
  • Referee: P. Dowd
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Chelsea – Liverpool Preview: Andre Villas-Boas Hunting League Cup Glory To Soften Blow Of Worst Start To A Season Since Roman Abramovich Bought Club

The Blues have had a poor start to their campaign in the top flight, and with the Reds on a 10-match unbeaten run they will have their work cut out at Stamford Bridge


PROBABLE LINEUPS

CHELSEA

Turnbull
Bosingwa, Alex, Ivanovic, Bertrand
Romeu, McEachran, Lampard
Kalou, Torres, Malouda

LIVERPOOL

Reina
Kelly, Coates, Carragher, Agger
Kuyt, Spearing, Lucas, Henderson, Maxi
Carroll

Andre Villas-Boas has a full squad to choose from, with the exception of suspended captain John Terry and long-term injury absentee Michael Essien. The Blues boss is likely to ring the changes though, with the only survivors from Saturday’s encounter with Wolves likely to be Branislav Ivanovic and Oriol Romeu, while Fernando Torres could start against his former club, having been only used as a late substitute in the recent defeat to the Reds in the Premier League.

Liverpool are unlikely to recall Craig Bellamy, who missed Sunday’s clash with Manchester City following Gary Speed's death. Kenny Dalglish is likely to hand a start to youngsters Martin Kelly and Jay Spearing, while Andy Carroll could get the nod after spending the last two matches on the bench.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Chelsea have had their worst start to a season since Roman Abramovich took control of the club in 2003.
  • Dalglish (right) is unbeaten against the Blues in 11 games as Liverpool manager.
  • In the last seven seasons, this will be the 30th encounter between the two sides. Chelsea have won 12 and Liverpool 10.
  • The Reds are unbeaten in their last 10 matches in all competitions.
  • Villas-Boas’ men have scored in only two of their last five meetings with Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.
  • Dalglish’s men have won the competition a record seven times, with their last success coming in 2003.
  • The hosts have won the competition four times, once in 2005 with a victory over Liverpool in the final.
  • Carroll and Torres have a combined value of £85 million and have scored 186 goals in their club careers, but only have a combined total of seven for their current sides.
  • The visitors have won in only four of their last 20 visits to Stamford Bridge.
  • The home side have lost only two games at Stamford Bridge this season.
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Available Squads
21Ross TurnbullGoalkeeper
23David LuizDefender
3José BosingwaDefender
33AlexDefender
-Ryan BertrandDefender
-Oriol RomeuMidfielder
8Frank LampardMidfielder
15Florent MaloudaMidfielder
51Josh McEachranMidfielder
9Fernando TorresStriker
17Romelu LukakuStriker
48Henrique HilárioGoalkeeper
2Branislav IvanovicDefender
20Paulo FerreiraDefender
7RamiresMidfielder
8Juan MataStriker
21Salomon KalouStriker
21Nicolas AnelkaStriker
25Pepe ReinaGoalkeeper
16Sebastián CoatesDefender
23Jamie CarragherDefender
34Martin KellyDefender
3José EnriqueDefender
11Maxi RodríguezMidfielder
14Jordan HendersonMidfielder
20Jay SpearingMidfielder
21Lucas LeivaMidfielder
9Andy CarrollStriker
39Craig BellamyStriker
32DoniGoalkeeper
37Martin SkrtelDefender
38Jon FlanaganDefender
19Stewart DowningMidfielder
16Charlie AdamMidfielder
9Luis SuárezStriker
-Dirk KuytStriker
Players to Watch
Fernando Torres
Fernando Torres
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
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Andy Carroll
Andy Carroll
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

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