CHELSEA v Liverpool: Preview

Date: Sunday 6th May, 2018

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Kick-off: 16:30 BST

 

 

 

This afternoon’s game sees us at home to a Liverpool side with their heads full of the Champions League final. Mind you, they haven’t won it, so they still need to book their place for next year and a win at Stamford Bridge would see that happen. They’re no strangers to doing just that, having won the last 2 of these fixtures and Jurgen Klopp is unbeaten in all five Premier League matches as a manager against Chelsea, so the odds are somewhat stacked against us. Add to that, a certain ex-Chelsea man who has scored in each of his last four competitive matches against – and we could see any outside chance of a Champions League spot pass us by this afternoon.

  

MANAGER’S VIEWS

Going into today’s game, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, says “I think now our target, our focus, is to finish in the best possible way, to try to fight for a place in the Champions League. It won’t be easy. The situation is not in our hands. But we have to try and start with three points against Liverpool.”

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp meanwhile, says “Both games are very, very important. I have said it before. How I see, we have two semis again against Chelsea and Brighton. There is no chance to think of anything else and then we have two weeks to prepare for this game. It is not for three, it sounds crazy to prepare for this game now. In the end, we need to be ready for Chelsea, it is the same situation as Roma. It is clear we can make life easier for us if we get a result. It is always a difficult place, but we will try to be 100 per cent ready.”

  

SQUAD NEWS

For Chelsea, David Luiz and Ethan Ampadu remain out, although Marcos Alonso is available again after completing his three-match ban.

For Liverpool, Joe Gomez (ankle) and Adam Lallana (hamstring) are injured, whilst Joel Matip, Emre Can and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are also expected to be absent.

 

TEAMS

CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Rudiger; Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Hazard, Willian, Giroud

LIVERPOOL (Possible line-up): Karius; Alexander-Arnold, van Dijk, Lovren, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Henderson, Milner, Mane, Firmino, Salah

 

LAST SEASON

Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool (16th September 2016)

 

CURRENT FORM (ALL)

CHELSEA: LDWWWW

LIVERPOOL: WWDWDL

 

OTHER STUFF

~ Liverpool are unbeaten in the past six meetings.

~ Liverpool have won the last two meetings at Stamford Bridge

~ A win for Chelsea would be their 50th top-flight win over Liverpool.

~ Chelsea have won four successive matches in all competitions

~ Chelsea have only earned one point from their last two home league games.

~ Chelsea have won only two of their nine Premier League fixtures this season versus the other current top-six teams

~ Liverpool have kept seven clean sheets in their last 12 Premier League matches.

~ Liverpool have won one of their last four Premier League away games

~ Liverpool have won only three of their last 11 Premier League matches directly following a Champions League fixture

 

PREDICTION

BBC Sport: Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

Sky Sports: Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool

Sportsmole: Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool


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