Carabao Cup Final 2024: Can Chelsea Shock Liverpool at Wembley?

This season’s first big trophy in English football will be played out on Sunday as Chelsea and Liverpool contest for the 2024 Carabao Cup at Wembley.

10Bet LogoBookmaker 10bet has the odds at 2.15 for Chelsea to win the cup and 1.666 for Liverpool to take home the silverware. Additionally, the odds are at 3.10 for Chelsea to win at full time and 2.25 for Liverpool to secure the victory in 90 minutes.

※ Current Odds Date & Time: February 24th, 6:00 P.M. (EST)

The two sides meet three weeks after clashing in the Premier League. Liverpool triumphed 4-1 at Anfield to keep Chelsea without a win in this match-up for an eighth consecutive game. The run of results included both the Carabao Cup final and the FA Cup final in 2022, which Liverpool won on penalties.

The Reds have enjoyed a lot of local success in recent years, while Chelsea remains without a domestic cup win since 2018. There have been five straight domestic cup final losses for the Blues, and another one on Sunday would make them the first team in English football history to suffer six consecutive finals losses.

Meanwhile, Liverpool is looking to become only the third team in League Cup history to win the trophy without keeping a single clean sheet throughout the competition. The team has conceded once in all previous rounds. However, with the Liverpool attack firing on all cylinders, Jürgen Klopp’s men have cruised through most of the games.

Klopp has previously lost only one of 13 meetings with Mauricio Pochettino, and his success in the match-up includes the 2019 Champions League final against Pochettino’s Tottenham. Despite his big reputation as a manager, Pochettino has reached only the second final of his career in England. He’s hoping to lift his first silverware in English football.

Pochettino’s side enters the fixture as a clear underdog, but the team has gained some momentum lately with two victories, including an impressive 3-1 win at Villa Park in the FA Cup, and a morale-boosting 1-1 draw away to Manchester City. Pochettino got his tactics spot-on last weekend at the Etihad Stadium, and Chelsea should be able to match Liverpool if the Argentine can nullify the opposition’s threats again.

Chelsea’s chances should also be boosted by Liverpool’s injury woes. Diogo Jota is a major miss up front, while both Darwin Nunez and Mohamed Salah are carrying small niggles, which might limit their effectiveness. Dominik Szoboszlai also faces a race against time to be fit for the big match, while Alisson and Trent Alexander-Arnold remain out for Liverpool.

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