Chelsea vs Liverpool - Carabao Cup final: TV channel, team news, lineups and prediction

  • Chelsea and Liverpool meet in Sunday's Carabao Cup final at Wembley
  • Blues are underdogs in inconsistent season but held Man City to draw last time out
  • Reds looking for first trophy in send-off for Jurgen Klopp

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The first piece of English silverware of the 2023/24 season will be handed out on Sunday when Chelsea meet Liverpool in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley Stadium.

While inconsistency has dogged Mauricio Pochettino's first season in charge, the Blues reached the final by beating the likes of Brighton, Newcastle and Middlesbrough among others.

Pochettino has the chance to win his first cup in England, but the Reds will be eager to secure victory in their long send-off for departing manager Jurgen Klopp.

Fans will be keen to avoid repeats of the two domestic cup finals the sides shared in 2021/22 which both ended goalless before penalty shootout victories for Liverpool.

Here's 90min's preview of Sunday's Carabao Cup final.


What time does Chelsea vs Liverpool kick-off?

  • Location: London, England
  • Stadium: Wembley Stadium
  • Date: Sunday 24 February
  • Kick-off Time: 15:00 GMT / 10:00 ET / 07:00 PT
  • Referee: Chris Kavanagh
  • VAR: John Brooks

Chelsea vs Liverpool H2H Record (Last Five Games)

  • Chelsea: 1 win
  • Liverpool: 1 win
  • Draws: 3

Current Form (all competitions)

Chelsea

Liverpool

Livepool 4-1 Chelsea - 31/01/24

Livepool 4-1 Chelsea - 31/01/24

Chelsea 2-4 Wolves - 04/02/24

Arsenal 3-1 Liverpool - 04/02/24

Aston Villa 1-3 Chelsea - 07/02/24

Liverpool 3-1 Burnley - 10/02/24

Crystal Palace 1-3 Chelsea - 12/02/24

Brentford 1-4 Liverpool - 17/02/24

Manchester City 1-1 Chelsea - 17/02/24

Liverpool 4-1 Luton Town - 21/02/24


How to watch Chelsea vs Liverpool on TV and live stream

Country

TV channel/live stream

United Kingdom

Sky Sports Main Event, SKY GO Extra, Sky Sports Football, Sky Ultra HD

United States

ESPN+, SiriusXM FC

Canada

DAZN Canada


Chelsea team news

Raheem Sterling
Sterling scored in Chelsea's draw at Man Citty / Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/GettyImages

Pochettino so nearly oversaw a stunning victory at Manchester City last time out only for Rodri's 81st-minute equaliser to cancel out Raheem Sterling's opener.

There should be few changes from that starting XI. Thiago Silva is hopeful of returning from a groin problem in time to end his Wembley hoodoo as a Chelsea player, having lost three finals at England's home of football, but Levi Colwill will partner Axel Disasi in central defence if the Brazilian is unavailable.

Wesley Fofana, Reece James, Benoit Badiashile, Romeo Lavia, Lesley Ugochukwu and Marc Cucurella won't feature.


Chelsea predicted lineup vs Liverpool

Chelsea predicted lineup vs Liverpool (4-2-3-1): Petrovic; Gusto, Disasi, Colwill, Chilwell; Caicedo, Fernandez; Palmer, Gallagher, Sterling; Jackson.


Liverpool team news

Mohamed Salah, Darwin Nunez
Nunez and Salah could return on Sunday / Michael Regan/GettyImages

Liverpool were without forwards Mohamed Salah and Darwin Nunez for Wednesday night's 4-1 win over Luton Town, with Klopp hopeful of welcoming the duo back to his squad for the weekend.

Diogo Jota and Curtis Jones are both absent having picked up significant knocks in the Brentford game, while Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dominik Szoboszlai, Thiago Alcantara, Stefan Bajcetic, Joel Matip and Ben Doak are all sidelined.


Liverpool predicted lineup vs Chelsea

Liverpool predicted lineup vs Chelsea (4-3-3): Kelleher; Gomez, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Mac Allister, Endo, Gravenberch; Elliott, Gakpo, Diaz.


Chelsea vs Liverpool score prediction

Liverpool's 4-1 victory over Chelsea snapped a rather strange and long streak of draws between the two sides. Ignoring the penalty shootout wins for the Reds, the previous seven games were draws, four of which ended goalless.

Pochettino's side may well aim to frustrate a Klopp outfit decimated by injuries in recent weeks and could enjoy some success, especially if they manage to score the first goal.

However, their unpredictability coupled with Liverpool's excellent form all year long, losing only four games across all competitions, makes the current Premier League leaders favourites for the first piece of silverware in the English top-flight season.

Prediction: Chelsea 0-2 Liverpool


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