The Battle Of Stamford Bridge 2008: Who Will Win? Chelsea Or Liverpool?
After witnessing Manchester United's gritty victory against Barcelona thanks to a Paul Scholes rocket, the battle royal commences to see who will join them.
Chelsea face Liverpool in the second Champions League semi-final, after a late John Arne Riise own goal has given Chelsea an advantage on away goals with a 1-1 draw in the first leg at Anfield.
Frank Lampard is expected to return for Chelsea after recovering from the death of his mother.
Liverpool could recall John Arne Riise in place of the injured Fabio Aurelio, if he fails to make it. Torres will be recalled, with Crouch expected to start up next to him with Babel demoted to the bench. Hyypia is also expected to partner Carragher in defence.
If John Terry gets booked in this match, he will miss the final regardless of who wins. Will that be a factor?
Here are my expected line-ups for the game. If they are different, scourge me far and wide in whatever way you can:
Chelsea (possible 4-3-3): Cech - Belletti, Carvalho, Terry, A Cole - Ballack, Essien, Lampard - J Cole, Drogba, Kalou
Liverpool (possible 4-2-2): Reina - Finnan, Carragher, Hyypia, Riise - Gerrard, Alonso, Mascherano, Benayoun - Torres, Crouch
I'm going for a competitive game. They both have good attacking potential. But, I'd have to call it 1-1. Liverpool and Chelsea both have good attacking forces with Torres and Drogba respectively.
Their defences are doing well at the moment with stalwarts such as Carragher and Terry. It will be an even match with one goal each. If my prediction is right, then penalties will be needed because both have away goals.
Anyway, enjoy! Whichever way it goes, we're going to have an all English final for the first time! That will be fantastic.
The lines are set. Who will emerge triumphant and proceed to do battle with Manchester United at the decisive Battle of Moscow on May 21st 2008?
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