Carabao Cup

2024 Carabao Cup Final Preview

Liverpool and Chelsea are set to meet under the arch at Wembley Stadium for the first cup final of the 2023/24 season.

The 2024 Carabao Cup Final is the first showpiece occasion of the 2023/24 season to be taking place under the arch at the iconic Wembley Stadium. Mauricio Pochettino’s Chelsea and a Liverpool team led by Jurgen Klopp will go head to head for a prestigious prize. Both sides have the opportunity to secure the first piece of silverware this term.

These two heavyweights of Premier League football are set to meet in this final on Sunday, 25th January 2024, in what will be a 15:00 kick-off.

Both clubs have enjoyed plenty of success in this very competition over the years. Starting with Chelsea, they have won the League Cup on no less than 5 occasions, most recently in 2015, when they were 2 – 0 winners against London rivals Spurs. John Terry (45′) and Diego Costa (56′) scored the goals that day.

The other 4 League Cup Finals for the Blues came in 1965 (3 – 2 vs. Leicester City), 1998 (2 – 0 vs. Middlesbrough – At Extra Time), 2005 (3 – 2 vs. Liverpool) and in 2007 (2 – 1 vs. Arsenal).

As for Liverpool, they have tasted success in this cup competition 9 times, winning it most recently in 2022, when they were 11 – 10 winners on penalties against Chelsea. This is the most recent occasion that these two sides have met in the final of the Carabao Cup.

The only other year these two Premier League heavyweights met in the final of this competition was in 2005, with Chelsea winning this game 3 – 2 after extra time. Liverpool scored through John Arne Riise (1′) and Antonio Núñez (113′) scored for the Reds, whilst an own goal from Steven Gerrard (79′) and goals from Didier Drogba (107′) and Mateja Kežman (112′) sealed the win for the Blues.

As for Liverpool’s other 8 Final wins, they came in 1981 (2 – 1 vs. West Ham United – Replay), 1982 (3 – 1 vs. Tottenham Hotspur), 1983 (2 – 1 vs. Manchester United – After Extra Time), 1984 (1 – 0 vs. Everton – Replay), 1995 (2 – 1 vs. Bolton Wanderers), 2001 (1 – 1 AET, 5 – 4 on penalties vs. Birmingham City), 2003 (2 – 0 vs. Manchester United) and in 2012 (2 – 2 AET, 3 – 2 on penalties vs. Cardiff City).

To get to this 2024 Carabao Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, both Chelsea and Liverpool have met teams from various levels in the English Football League.

Starting with Chelsea, they were 2 – 1 winners at Stamford Bridge against League Two side AFC Wimbledon in the second round, before emerging as 1 – 0 winners against fellow Premier League outfit Brighton in the third round, also at Stamford Bridge.

Championship Club Blackburn Rovers were the opponents at the Bridge in the Round of 16, and goals from Benoit Badiashile (30′) and Raheem Sterling (59′) sealed their place in the Quarter Final with a 2 – 0 win.

After Eddie Howe’s Newcastle United had been seen off by Chelsea 4 – 2 on penalties in the Quarter Final, they would be facing Middlesbrough of the Championship over the course of two legs in the semi-final. After Mauricio Pochettino’s Blues had been beaten 1 – 0 in the first leg, they were emphatic 6 – 1 winners at Stamford Bridge in the second leg to give them a 6 – 2 aggregate win over Boro. This booked them a place in the 2024 Carabao Cup Final against Liverpool.

As for Jurgen Klopp’s Reds, they entered this year’s League Cup competition at the third round stage, facing Championship side Leicester City at Anfield. The Foxes were beaten 3 – 1, booking the Reds a place in the Round of 16, where their opponents were to be fellow Premier League outfit AFC Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium. Andoni Iraola’s Cherries were beaten 2 – 1.

Liverpool met David Moyes’ West Ham United in the Quarter Final, emphatically and ruthlessly beating them 6 – 1 at Anfield to book their place in the semi-final of the 2024 competition, where they were drawn against Fulham.

Marco Silva’s side were beaten 2 – 1 on Merseyside at Anfield, before drawing 1 – 1 with the Reds at Craven Cottage, which meant that Liverpool were 3 – 2 winners on aggregate. This saw them qualify for their first Carabao Cup Final in two years.

Chelsea and Liverpool have met no less than 196 occasions in all competitions over the years. It is Liverpool with the superior record in this fixture, with the Reds having won 85 of them compared to the Blues’ 65. There have been a total of 46 draws between them in all competitions to date.

Excitement and anticipation are building rapidly ahead of this showpiece occasion at Wembley Stadium between two of the Premier League’s biggest and most successful football clubs on Sunday, 25th February 2024.

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