Leeds United - Chelsea Preview: Blues return to domestic duties after Club World Cup failure
Neil Warnock's side welcome Rafa Benitez and his struggling Blues squad on Wednesday night with the two sides aiming to win a place in the Capital One Cup semi-finals
By Ryan Benson
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Diouf, Becchio, McCormack
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With Chelsea set to visit Elland Road for the first time since December 2003 and a place in the Capital One Cup semi-finals at stake, Leeds boss Neil Warnock will be grateful to have limited fitness concerns with his squad.
Leeds' cup competition goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown has been struggling with a knock and looks set to miss the tie, with Warnock insisting he will only start if fit. Should he not be ready, Paddy Kenny will likely line up for the hosts.
Warnock’s only other problem for the boss is captain Lee Peltier (shoulder), who is a doubt. Dspite appearing in the 2-0 win over Ipswich Town at the weekend, he may not feature against Chelsea after playing through the pain barrier.
The trip to Leeds comes barely 24 hours after the Blues arrive back in England following their Club World Cup final defeat to Corinthians.
Fatigue and jet lag could be issues that Rafa Benitez has to contend with, but he does not have too many injuries to deal with.
Oriol Romeu (knee) looks set to miss the majority of the season after surgery, while John Terry (knee) and Daniel Sturridge (knock) remain a week or two from a return.
Gary Cahill and John Obi Mikel are suspended for the game.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
Leeds forward Ross McCormack has scored six goals in his previous eight Capital One Cup matches.
McCormack is 7/1 with Bet365 to score the first goal in this game.
The Championship side have beaten Oxford United, Everton and Southampton to get this far, with all matches being played at Elland Road.
Neil Warnock's (pictured right) side have won four of their last five games.
The last time that Leeds got past the fourth round of the competition, in 1996, they reached the final.
The match at Elland Road will be the first time that Leeds and Chelsea have played each other in eight-and-a-half years.
England international Gary Cahill has bagged a goal in each of the Blues' two other Capital One Cup matches this season.
Rafa Benitez's side have won only three of their last 10 matches in all competitions.
Chelsea have not lost any of their last 11 away matches in the competition, winning nine of them.
The Blues have scored 11 goals in their two Capital One Cup matches to get this stage, beating Wolves 6-0 and then triumphing 5-4 after extra time against Manchester United.
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