CHELSEA v Liverpool: Preview

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date: Saturday 29th September 2018

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Kick-off: 17:30 BST

 

After a win over Liverpool in the League Cup midweek, the late game today sees us play them again but this time in the League. Obviously we’d have preferred the midweek game

To have been for points instead of just another game in the Carabao Cup but in a new season with another new manager, we have to take the win’s wherever they might come.

Of course, that game will have absolutely no bearing on this one and we can expect several changes to the starting XI’s today, notably for us, the in-form Eden Hazard, whose sublime finishing was the difference between the two sides Wednesday should start. Whilst for Liverpool, we can expect to see a return for Mo Salah, whose entrance came too late for them midweek.

We looked reasonably comfortable in the first-half at Anfield midweek although we had to walk through a bit of a storm before goals from Daniel Sturridge, Emerson and finally Hazard’s winner late on finished it up 1-2. This evening’s game will undoubtedly throw up more of a storm for us and I just don’t know if we’ll weather this one.

 

MANAGER’S VIEWS

Going into today’s game, Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri says “[Saturday] will be another match in another competition, with different starting XI. They can increase the determination after Wednesday. It was a difficult match on Wednesday, and it will be a very difficult match [on Saturday]. They are a top level team. They have worked with the same coach for four seasons. I think that they are ready now to win the Premier League.”

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp meanwhile, says “We try to use the information from [Wednesday] to be better on Saturday. Striking back is a nice opportunity. Before we started, it was clear the game at Chelsea would not be a children’s birthday. It will be tough and intense for both sides. It’s a big one. It already sounds good, and we have to make sure it is good.”

 

SQUAD NEWS

For Chelsea, Andreas Christensen has overcome a stomach bug, although Rudiger (groin), Pedro (shoulder) and Loftus Cheek (shin) will all face late fitness tests.

For Liverpool, Virgil van Dijk (rib) is available, whilst Trent Alexander-Arnold and Georginio Wijnaldum have recovered from illness and injury respectively.

 

TEAMS

CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Kepa; Alonso, Luiz, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Kovacic, Jorginho, Kante; Hazard, Giroud, Willian

LIVERPOOL (Possible line-up): Alisson; Robertson, Van Dijk, Gomez, Alexander-Arnold; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Mane, Firmino, Salah

 

LAST SEASON

Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool (6th May 2018)

 

CURRENT FORM (PL)

CHELSEA: WWWWD

LIVERPOOL: WWWWW

 

OTHER STUFF

  • This is the most-played fixture in English football in the 21st century with 58 games.
  • Liverpool have won only two of the past 15 meetings in all competitions. Both victories came at Stamford Bridge.
  • Chelsea earned 12 points from their 10 games against the other top-six sides last season.
  • Liverpool are attempting to win their first seven top-flight matches of a season for only the second time, having done so in 1990-91.
  • Liverpool could equal their top-flight record of four successive away victories from the beginning of a season, also set in 1990-91.
  • Liverpool have scored an unsurpassed 10 first-half goals in the Premier League this season
  • Liverpool are the only side yet to concede in the opening 45 minutes

 

PREDICTION

BBC Sport: Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

Sky Sports: Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

Sportsmole: Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool


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