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CHELSEA v Liverpool: Preview

Date: Sunday 22nd Sept 2019

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Kick-off: 16:30 BST

 

 

 

A decent win over Wolves last weekend turned out to be a bit of a false dawn, particularly when we followed it up with defeat in our return to Champions League action against Valencia just a few days later.

Whether the players were naïve in thinking they could coast to a win given Valencia’s recent difficulties or they were just out of ideas in breaking them down on the night, either way it ended up being a bit of a lacklustre showing from us – and not one that will leave us feeling especially confident ahead of meeting a Liverpool side we’ve already lost to in the Super Cup.

Despite a bit of a surprising defeat against Napoli in the Champions League Tuesday night, Liverpool have taken maximum points in the league so far this season and look well worth their current top spot. We did take a point off them in this fixture last season but whilst Liverpool continue to progress under Jurgen Klopp, we are clearly in the very early stages of our journey under Lampard, who’s doing pretty well given the somewhat depleted resources available to him so far but you’d have to think he’d need everyone fit to take anything off Liverpool in their current form.

MANAGER’S VIEWS

Going into today’s game, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard says “I respect him (Klopp) hugely and it was a nice thing going up against him in the Super Cup. He doesn’t mess about and quite rightly has got the success he deserves.”

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, meanwhile, says “Chelsea had some problems but they have sorted it well. I don’t think they expected [to lose to Valencia]. It reminds me of my team in Dortmund a few years ago. Really young but they only played because they were that good.

Frank Lampard did an outstanding job at Derby so I am not surprised by him at Chelsea. But it is a difficult league. I can see some people are not happy with some results but that is not because of him. He is a really good manager.”

 

SQUAD NEWS

For Chelsea, Ruben Loftus-Cheek remains out and Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James are unlikely to return to first team action yet. Antonio Rudiger and Emerson Palmieri are doubts and Mason Mount (ankle) faces a late fitness test. N’Golo Kante meanwhile, could play a part after returning to training.

For Liverpool, Alisson and Nathaniel Clyne both remain out, Naby Keita is back in full training but doubtful for today although Divock Origi (ankle) could play some part.

 

TEAMS

CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Kepa; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Tomori, Alonso; Jorginho; Kovacic; Barkley, Willian, Pulisic; Abraham.

LIVERPOOL (Possible line-up): Adrian; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane

 

LAST SEASON

Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool (29th September 2018)

 

 CURRENT FORM (PL)

CHELSEA: LDWDW

LIVERPOOL: WWWWW

 

OTHER STUFF

  • Chelsea have won just one of the past nine Premier League meetings.
  • Liverpool have won five from their last 11 league visits to Stamford Bridge.
  • Chelsea have scored in all-but one of their last 20 meetings with Liverpool in all competitions.
  • Chelsea have failed to win any of their opening three home games in all competitions for the first time since 1988-89.
  • Chelsea have conceded 11 league goals so far this season.
  • Chelsea are yet to keep a clean sheet in six games in league and cup this term.
  • Liverpool could become the first club to win their opening six games in consecutive top-flight seasons.
  • Liverpool’s perfect start to 2018-19 came to an end with a 1-1 draw at Chelsea last September.
  • Liverpool are on a club league record run of 14 straight wins.
  • Liverpool have lost just once in 44 Premier League matches.
  • Liverpool are unbeaten in a Premier League club record 22 games.
  • Liverpool have won just one of their past 12 league games away to other established top-six teams.

 

 PREDICTION

BBC Sport: Chelsea 0-2 Liverpool

Sky Sports: Chelsea 2-2 Liverpool

Sportsmole: Chelsea 1-3 Liverpool

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