Carabao Cup final ultimate preview as Chelsea and Liverpool prepare for seismic Wembley battle

Carabao Cup final ultimate preview as Chelsea and Liverpool prepare for seismic Wembley battle

WATCH NOW: Sports round-up ahead of Chelsea and Liverpool's blockbuster Carabao Cup final clash

Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 25/02/2024

- 08:00

The two giants of the English game will do battle for the first trophy of the season

Chelsea and Liverpool will lock horns in the final of the Carabao Cup on Sunday looking to claim the first trophy of the season.

It is a repeat of the final from two years ago, which Jurgen Klopp's side won via a dramatic penalty shootout at Wembley.

Liverpool go into the contest as the favourites, despite their injury list, with the Reds looking to continue their hunt for a quadruple.

But Chelsea have improved of late and won't be straightforward to beat. GB News now provides you with the ultimate Carabao Cup final preview.

When and where is the cup final being played?

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Chelsea and Liverpool lock horns in the final of the Carabao Cup on sUNDAY


Wembley will play host to the Carabao Cup final, with the match due to kick off at 3pm on Sunday.

The showpiece final at Wembley was due to kick off at 4.30pm but was moved following talks with the Metropolitan Police.

Wembley has hosted every final of the competition since 2007.

Chelsea won the last EFL Cup that took place outside of London, with the Blues beating Arsenal 2-1 in Cardiff courtesy of a brilliant brace from Didier Drogba.

How Chelsea made the final 

Chelsea beat Wimbledon as they started their run to the final back in September, winning 2-1.

In round three they edged Brighton, with Nicholas Jackson netting the only goal of the game.

Chelsea cruised to a 2-0 victory over Blackburn Rovers at the start of November courtesy of goals from Benoit Badiashile and Raheem Sterling.

In the quarter-finals they needed penaltes to beat Newcastle, with Kieran Trippier and Matt Ritchie missing from 12 yards after a sensational late goal from Mykhailo Mudryk forced the shootout.

And while the Blues lost 1-0 to Middlesbrough in the first leg of their semi-final, an emphatic 6-1 victory at Stamford Bridge saw them turn the match around.

How Liverpool made the final

Liverpool went straight into the third round of the Carabao Cup after narrowly missing out on a place in the Premier League top four last season.

They were too strong for Championship leaders Leicester, winning 3-1 with Dominik Szoboszlai, Cody Gakpo and Diogo Jota all on the scoresheet.

A stunner from Darwin Nunez then helped them to a narrow 2-1 victory over Brighton in the next round.

In the last eight, Liverpool thumped West Ham 5-1 at Anfield - with Curtis Jones the star of the show with a magnificent brace.

And Liverpool beat Fulham 3-2 on aggregate in the semi-finals, with a goal from Luis Diaz at Craven Cottage crucial.


What's the form guide?

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Chelsea have turned a corner ahead of their showdown with Liverpool in the final of the Carabao Cup


Chelsea were categorically thumped by Liverpool at the end of January, losing 4-1 on a chastening night at Anfield.

They then proceeded to lose 4-2 to Wolves in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge.

But Chelsea have picked up with victories over Aston Villa and Crystal Palace, while also holding Manchester City to a 1-1 draw last weekend.

As for Liverpool, the Reds have won four of their last five matches across all competitions.

A 3-1 defeat to Arsenal on February 4 is the only blot on their record going into Sunday's showdown.

Who will miss the showdown?

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Liverpool are set to be without Alisson and Trent Alexander-Arnold for their Carabao Cup final match with Chelsea


Liverpool are battling an injury crisis ahead of the game with Chelsea.

They could be without as many as 10 key players, with Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jota all due to miss the clash.

Mohamed Salah and Szoboszlai are also doubts for the game at Wembley.

Regarding Chelsea, the likes of Badiashile, Wesley Fofana, Reece James, Carney Chukwuemeka and Romeo Lavia are due to miss out.

Marc Cucurella, Thiago Silva and Robert Sanchez are battling to be fit in time as well.

What are the talking points?

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Liverpool and Chelsea will meet in the Carabao Cup final with the first trophy of the season on the line


If Liverpool win, they'll move one step closer to giving Klopp his dream farewell - with the German due to leave the dugout at the end of the season.

It will also boost their chances of a quadruple, with the Reds still in contention for the Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League as well.

Chelsea have endured a torrid campaign under Mauricio Pochettino in the Premier League.

But winning a trophy, something he was unable to do during his spell at Tottenham, would go a long way to silencing his critics.

Furthermore, Pochettino has also called on officials to be 'fair' amid concerns they could be biased towards Liverpool due to Klopp's impending departure.

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