Both EFL Cup semi-final ties are finely balanced heading into the second legs, with Chelsea trailing Middlesbrough 1-0 and Liverpool holding a narrow 2-1 advantage over Fulham.
Boro triumphed over Chelsea at the Riverside thanks to Hayden Hackney’s 37th minute goal, but they still face a massive challenge at Stamford Bridge.
Fulham were beaten at Anfield despite holding a 1-0 first-half lead, but are still in very much in contention to reach the final for the first time in their history.
Chelsea were disappointed with their performance in the first leg, but they are in with a good chance of advancing to the EFL Cup final for the 10th time in their history.
Middlesbrough have contested the final on three occasions, losing out to Leicester and Chelsea in 1997 and 1998 and beating Bolton in 2004.
Meanwhile, Liverpool have won the EFL Cup on a record nine occasions and need only avoid defeat at Craven Cottage to ensure their progression to another Wembley final.
They came from behind to beat Fulham at Anfield with Curtis Jones and Cody Gakpo scoring second-half goals.
Fulham will be the ones playing catch-up in the second leg, but they have triumphed in five of their last six home fixtures.
Chelsea have a lot of room for improvement in the Premier League, but they have generally impressed in the knockout competitions and will fancy their chances of overturning a 1-0 deficit against Middlesbrough at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues were largely dominant in the first leg at the Riverside, winning the shot count 18 to six, but lacked a killer instinct.
Chelsea are also missing several players due to injuries and international call-ups, but their squad is deeper than their opponents' squad.
They needed penalty-taking prowess to overcome Newcastle in the quarter-final, but should see off Boro in a more comfortable fashion.
Chelsea have won their last two home matches without conceding a goal and they look a solid 6/5 wager to post a victory and a shutout against Middlesbrough.
The Blues have scored the first goal in five of their last six home games and a fast start against Boro should lay the foundation for aggregate success.
Chelsea have made some questionable signings in recent years, but their acquisition of Cole Palmer last summer was a smart piece of business.
Palmer looks a strong candidate for England’s Euro 2024 squad and will be eager to catch the eye against one of Gareth Southgate’s former clubs.
Palmer took his Premier League seasonal tally to nine with a penalty in the 1-0 victory at home to Fulham and looks a tempting 9/2 shot to open the scoring in the EFL Cup semi-final, second leg scoring against Boro.
The 21-year-old missed some good chances at the Riverside but he can bounce back and help his club advance to Wembley.
Fulham defended deep for the majority of their 2-1 first leg loss at Anfield, but they are likely to be more positive on home soil and have every chance of turning the tie around.
Marco Silva’s side have won eight of 13 home matches this season and they can take advantage of a Liverpool side stretched by injuries and international call ups.
Fulham should be refreshed after their mini-break and they look overpriced 3/1 shots to win the second leg.
Liverpool were 4-0 winners at Bournemouth on Sunday but they expended a lot of energy on the south coast and might not be as convincing against the Cottagers.
Raul Jimenez didn’t get many sights of goal in the first leg, but he could be much more involved at Craven Cottage.
Fulham should play more on the front foot and will be looking to get plenty of service into Jimenez, who was in decent form around the festive period.
Raul Jimenez has scored four goals in his last three home matches and he looks a tasty 3/1 shot to find the net against Liverpool.
The Mexican has looked a lot more confident in recent weeks and his clever movement and calm finishing could punish the Reds.