Chelsea remains alive in the search for the Carabao Cup – League Cup – title and will face the Middlesborough team this Tuesday (09) in the semi-final of the competition.
Living through ups and downs in the Premier League, occupying only tenth place, Chelsea sees the Carabao Cup as one of the few chances of winning a title this season.
To advance to the semi-finals, Chelsea beat AFC Wimbledon in the second round, winning 2-1, before eliminating Brighton (1-0) and Blackburn Rovers (2-0).
In the quarter-finals the opponent was Newcastle United in a match at Stamford Bridge. Spending much of the game behind the scoreboard, the Blues sought an equalizer in stoppage time with a goal from Mykhailo Mudryk, taking the match to penalties, where the team won 4-2.
Coming off three consecutive victories in all competitions, Chelsea are looking to maintain their momentum and extend their run of good results in the middle of the season.
At the weekend the opponent was the modest Preston North End of the Championship in a match valid for the third round of the FA Cup, and despite the first half below expectations, the team scored in the second stage, scoring goals with Armando Broja, Thiago Silva, Raheem Sterling and Enzo Fernandez, arriving with confidence for the semi-final of the second most important cup in England.
To reach the Carabao Cup semi-final, Middlesborough beat Huddersfield Town (3-2), Bolton Wanderers (1-3), Bradford City (2-0), Exeter City (2-3) and, most recently, Port Vale (3-0).
Chelsea will be Middlesborough’s first opponent from the English football elite, but the team has already had a clash against an elite opponent.
At the weekend, Boro hosted Aston Villa at the Riverside Stadium in the third round of the FA Cup, and despite holding on to a draw for much of the match, they were defeated 1-0 with a goal scored by Matty Cash in the final minutes.
Chelsea’s list of absences remains long. Trevoh Chalobah, Wesley Fofana, Romeo Lavia, Reece James, Marc Cucurella, Lesley Ugochukwu and Robert Sanchez remain out of action through injury. Players like Benoit Badiashie, Carney Chukwuemeka, Ben Chilwell and Christopher Nkunku are in the final stages of recovery and are doubts.
Another player missing from the team is Nicolas Jackson, called up to defend the Senegal team in the African Cup of Nations.
Boro also have many absences for this Tuesday’s match. Tom Smith, Darragh Lenihan, Lewis O’Brien, Marcus Forss and Patrick McNair are out injured, while Finn Azaz and Sam Greenwood, who played for Plymouth Argyle and Leeds United respectively in previous stages, cannot take the field. Samuel Silvera and Riley McGree defend the Australian team, as does Senegalese goalkeeper Seny Dieng.
Chelsea should take to the field with the following team to face Middlesborough:
CHELSEA FC: Petrovic; Gust, Disasi, Silva, Colwill; Gallagher, Fernandez; Madueke, Palmer, Sterling; Broja;
Boro’s team should be as follows:
MIDDLESBOROUGH: Gloves; Van den Berg, Clarke, Fry, Bangura; Howson, Barlaser; Jones, Crooks, Latte Lath; Coburn;
WHERE TO WATCH
Middlesborough vs Chelsea in the Carabao Cup semi-final will be broadcast on ESPN on closed TV and on the Star+ streaming service this Tuesday (09) at 17:00 (Brasília time).
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