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Capital One Cup Semi-Final first leg preview

20 January 2015

The Capital One Cup gets back under way this week with the Semi-Final first legs, and we've looked ahead to the two matches.

First up, on Tuesday, is the clash between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield, which kicks-off at 7.45pm.

The pair have met five times in the League Cup over the years, including in the 2005 Final at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, when the Blues won 3-2 thanks to an extra-time winner from Mateja Kezman.

They've met twice in the Cup since that Final with both games ending 2-0 - Chelsea won the 2007 Fifth Round tie before Liverpool triumphed at the same stage in the 2011/12 tournament, which they went on to win by beating Cardiff City after extra-time in the Wembley showdown.

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That was the Reds' most recent piece of silverware and they now find themselves only one step away from another League Cup Final, chasing a record ninth title. Chelsea, meanwhile, have won the League Cup four times, the latest being in 2007, and they've been runners-up twice.

Both sides were comfortable winners in the Premier League at the weekend as Chelsea saw off Swansea City 5-0 to stretch their lead at the summit and Liverpool beat Aston Villa 2-0 to extend their unbeaten run to eight matches, which started with their Capital One Cup Quarter-Final victory at Bournemouth. Jose Mourinho's men ran out 3-1 winners at Derby in the Quarter-Finals, and their 5-3 league loss against Tottenham Hotspur is the only defeat since that triumph.

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Spurs will resume their Capital One Cup campaign on Wednesday at 7.45pm against Sky Bet League 1 side Sheffield United.

Like Chelsea, Tottenham are also four-time winners of the League Cup and come into their Semi-Final first leg on form, tasting defeat only once in 10 outings.

They've also had the edge against the Blades in their previous League Cup clashes, winning their 1971 meeting 2-1 before a 2-0 victory on the road in late November of 1990. Sheffield United have become giant-killers under the stewardship of Nigel Clough, though, and will go into the tie with plenty of confidence after dumping Premier League high-flyers Southampton out of the Cup back in December.

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Clough's side began their Cup journey in mid-August with a win over Mansfield, before edging past West Ham United on penalties. They then recorded wins on the road at Leyton Orient and Milton Keynes Dons, before Marc McNulty's goal handed them the 1-0 Quarter-Final victory over the Saints.

The Blades' league form over recent weeks has been inconsistent, but they have only lost one of their last eight at Bramall Lane in all competitions, and also thrashed top-flight QPR at Loftus Road in the FA Cup Third Round at the beginning of the year.

COVERAGE: Don't miss out

Both games are live on Sky Sports and we'll be tweeting updates from the official Capital One Cup Twitter feed - @CapitalOne_Cup. Join in the conversation using #CapitalOneCup.

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