Capital One Cup Predictions: Chelsea and Southampton to do enough, Liverpool to suffer once again

Stephen Pickering predicts a semi-final place for Bournemouth and Tottenham Hotspur, but quarter-final failure for Derby County and Sheffield United against Premier League opposition.

We take a look at the games and predict the scorelines from the games in the Capital One Cup due to be played on Tuesday and Wednesday night.  

Derby County v Chelsea

Derby host Premier League leaders Chelsea at the iPro Stadium and will be hoping to pull off the upset of the round.

Chelsea have only lost the once this season, in all competitions, so will prove to be more than a tricky opponent for the Rams that lost to Middlesbrough at the weekend. Nevertheless, Derby have one of the best home records in the Championship and have only been defeated at the iPro four times in all competitions in 2014 - one of them coming against Chelsea in January. 

After promising to play a strong side, it’s hard to look past a Chelsea win, but don't expect the Rams won't make it easy for them. 

Derby County 1 – 3 Chelsea

Sheffield United v Southampton

Cup specialist Nigel Clough will have a chance at another scalp when his side host Southampton at Bramall Lane on Tuesday night, but knows it will be far from straight forward.

The Blades made a name for themselves as a cup team last season, beating Fulham, Charlton and Forest on the way to the FA Cup Semi-Final but fell just before the last hurdle to Hull City at Wembley.

Southampton have hit turbulence recently and the 1-0 loss to Burnley at the weekend would have hurt them more than the three losses before it. Koeman will be desperate for a reaction, so United will need to play it smart in order to avoid defeat.

Sheffield United 0 – 3 Southampton

Bournemouth v Liverpool

Arguably the tie of the round is high-flying Bournemouth playing host to a suffering Liverpool on Wednesday night.

Bournemouth, who moved to the summit of the Championship at the weekend, will go head-to-head with a low on confidence Liverpool who are coming into the game on the back of a 3-0 defeat to Manchester United.

Liverpool need a reaction, more so than any other team in the competition, but a buoyant, high intensity Bournemouth side is not a good team to come up against in such a poor state of mind.

Bournemouth 2 – 0 Liverpool

Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United

The only all Premier League tie in the round pits Newcastle United against Tottenham in what should prove to be a good match-up between two equal sides.

Although Newcastle were heavily defeated by Arsenal and Tottenham beat Swansea at the weekend, both sides will be looking to come away with a semi-final place in the bag by the time match is over.

In similar form and a similar position in the table, this could come down to one piece of brilliance or one piece of magic. After the win on Saturday, Tottenham will perhaps go into the game more relaxed and that, along with their home advantage, could make all the difference.

Tottenham Hotspur 3-2* Newcastle United – in extra time.

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