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Chelsea vs. Liverpool, Capital One Cup: Team News, TV & Streaming Information, Preview

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It's time to League Cup once again, this time with a vengeance.  No, wait, that's the third part.  This one's just the second part, so it's League Cup Semifinal Leg 2: League Cup Harder.  And if you're on the East Coast of the United States, you'll even get the appropriate backdrop of a blizzard (Snowmageddon™) as you watch.

Hopefully someone's out there with flares in the middle of the runway to try to guide Chelsea in for a safe landing and into the Wembley final.  Wembley you say?  Our home away from home?  So all we have to win is this one game and we're basically guaranteed a trophy?  That's right!

Date / Time: Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 19:45 GMT; 2:45pm EST; 1:15am IST

Venue: Stamford Bridge, SW6

Referee: Michael Oliver - this, his 12th Chelsea match, will be easily the biggest Chelsea match with which the roughly 12-year-old Michael Oliver has ever been entrusted.  Earlier this season, he saw us beat West Ham United at the Bridge and Burnley at Turf Moor.  Overall, Chelsea have only lost once with Oliver (9 wins out of 11).

Forecast: A normal, dry, cloudy, late January day.

On TV: Sky Sports 1 (UK);  beIN Sport (USA); Ten HD (India); elsewhere

Online: Sky Go (UK); beIN Sport Connect (USA)

Chelsea team news: Following what was just our third defeat in the last 36 matches, but quite possibly the most hilariously terrible result in the last 36 years, the Blues will presumably look to get back on the right track by going back to the first-choice lineup we've come to know and love.  Mourinho rotated most of the squad for the FA Cup debacle; he may never rotate again.

André Schürrle did pick up yet another mystery injury at some point late last week (his back this time?), while John Obi Mikel was forced to leave the Bradford game early with an apparent head injury.  Neither player's diagnosis nor prognosis is really known however.

Liverpool team news: Rodgers rotated slightly less than Mourinho, so instead of an embarrassing loss, he managed a nowhere near as embarrassing draw against lower league opposition over the weekend.  Regardless, he's likely to go back to what worked for Liverpool last week, and he may even receive a huge boost via Daniel Sturridge possibly returning from injury.  Then again, having been sidelined for the better part of 5 months, Sturridge isn't likely to start even in the best case scenario, but as an impact substitution, he may yet make his mark in this one.

View from the enemy: The Liverpool Offside

Previously: Apparently we're on a six-match unbeaten streak* against Liverpool, good for second best all-time, but it's unlikely that we'll eclipse the record.

* This does bode well for the second leg, though only if after extra-time, the two sides are still tied 0-0 (which is the only scenario where our away goal would matter).

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