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  • December 19, 2012
  • • 2:45 PM
  • • Elland Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire
  • Referee: A. Marriner
  • • Attendance: 33816
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League Cup Preview: Leeds United - Chelsea

Neil Warnock's side welcomes Rafa Benitez and his struggling Blues on Wednesday night with the two sides aiming to win a place in the League Cup semifinals.

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

LEEDS
Southampton
Kenny
Byram, Lees, Pearce, Drury
Austin, White, Brown
Diouf, Becchio, McCormack
CHELSEA

Cech
Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Luiz, Bertrand
Lampard, Ramires
Moses, Mata, Hazard
Torres

With Chelsea set to visit Elland Road for the first time since December 2003 and a place in the League Cup semifinals 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 host.

Warnock’s only other problem for the boss is captain Lee Peltier (shoulder), who is a doubt. Despite 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 League Cup matches. 

  • The Championship side has beaten Oxford United, Everton and Southampton to get this far, with all matches being played at Elland Road.

  • Neil Warnock's (pictured right) side has won four of its last five games.

  • The last time that Leeds got past the fourth round of the competition, in 1996, it 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 League Cup matches this season.

  • Rafa Benitez's side has won only three of its last 10 matches in all competitions.

  • Chelsea has not lost any of its last 11 away matches in the competition, winning nine of them.

  • The Blues have scored 11 goals in their two League Cup matches to get this stage, beating Wolves 6-0 and then triumphing 5-4 after extra time against Manchester United.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Leeds United

Chelsea

Wins
1
1
3
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Leeds United FC LEE
Leeds United FC Leeds United
Draw
Chelsea FC CHE
Chelsea FC Chelsea
15%
82%

Top 3 Predictions

Leeds United FC LEE
1 - 3
Chelsea FC CHE
Leeds United FC LEE
0 - 3
Chelsea FC CHE
Leeds United FC LEE
1 - 4
Chelsea FC CHE

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