Chelsea escapes Liverpool as Carabao Cup semi-final draw confirmed

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Chelsea escapes Liverpool as Carabao Cup semi-final draw confirmed

Stephen Oladehinde 09:35 - 21.12.2023

The Carabao Cup semi-final draw for 2023 has been confirmed, bringing excitement and anticipation to football fans. The draw has set up some intriguing matches, which promise to offer thrilling football action.

Semi-Final Fixtures Overview

According to reports from the Sun, the confirmed fixture of the Carabao Cup semi-final games has been released, with Liverpool and Chelsea avoiding a knockout clash.

Liverpool vs Fulham: Liverpool will take on Fulham in what is expected to be a highly competitive match. Liverpool, having defeated Chelsea in the 2022 League Cup final, are the favourites as they aim for a record-extending 10th Carabao Cup victory. 

Fulham, on the other hand, are making their first appearance in the League Cup semi-finals and are seeking their first major domestic trophy. The first leg of this tie will be hosted by Liverpool at Anfield, followed by the return leg at Fulham's Craven Cottage.

Liverpool progress to the semi final  (Imago)
Liverpool progress to the semi final (Imago) Liverpool 5-1 West Ham (Imago)

Middlesbrough vs Chelsea: Middlesbrough, the only non-Premier League team in the last four, will face Chelsea. Middlesbrough, who previously won the League Cup in 2004, are looking to repeat history and secure another major honour. 

Chelsea, last season's runners-up, will be looking to bounce back from their recent struggles in the Premier League. The first leg of this semi-final will be hosted by Middlesbrough before moving to Chelsea's Stamford Bridge for the second leg.

Dates and Venues

The first leg of the semi-finals is scheduled for the week commencing 8 January 2024 while the second leg fixtures are planned for the week commencing 22 January 2024.

Chelsea celebrating their win against Newcastle || Credit: Imago
Chelsea celebrating their win against Newcastle || Credit: Imago

Team Performances Leading to the Semi-Finals

Liverpool: They reached the semi-finals after a dominant 5-1 victory over West Ham at Anfield, showcasing their strong form and determination to retain the title.

Fulham: Fulham secured their place in the semi-finals after a tense penalty shootout win against Everton, marking a significant achievement for the club.

Middlesbrough: They earned their spot in the semi-finals with a convincing 3-0 victory over Port Vale, demonstrating their capability to challenge top-flight teams.

Chelsea: Chelsea made it to the semi-finals after a nail-biting penalty shootout victory over Newcastle United, indicating their resilience and competitive spirit.

Historical Context

This year's Carabao Cup has seen a mix of traditional powerhouses and surprising challengers vying for the prestigious trophy. The competition remains a significant event in the English football calendar, offering teams a chance to secure early silverware in the season.

Looking Ahead

The upcoming semi-finals of the Carabao Cup are set to be captivating encounters, with each team having its own unique story and ambition. Fans can look forward to witnessing some of the best talents in English football battling it out for a place in the final.

For detailed coverage and updates on the Carabao Cup, fans can follow sports news platforms like Sky Sports and The Independent, as well as the official websites of the participating clubs like Fulham FC.