Live Streaming

  • Latest News

    Powered by Blogger.

    Liverpool vs Chelsea Match Preview


    Liverpool have the chance to cut Chelsea's lead at the top of the Premier League table when they play the 2015 Champions as part of a full-programme of midweek matches.

    A second successive win over The Blues this season would bring Liverpool to within seven points of their opponents, while a victory for Antonio Conte's team would almost certainly rule The Reds out of the title race.

    Both teams head into the fixture in contrasting form, with Liverpool seeking a morale-boosting win after exiting both cup competitions in the space of three days and Chelsea looking more and more like Premier League champions as each game passes.

    Liverpool

    Jurgen Klopp's side have endured a difficult January, which started with realistic hopes of sustaining challenges on all three fronts having been amongst the favourites to win the Premier League, EFL Cup and FA Cup.

    Three games without a win in the Premier League has seen the fourth-place Reds trail Chelsea by 10 points, while the club's pursuit of the title now takes on even more significance after defeats against Southampton and Wolves in the domestic cup competitions.

    Having been dumped out of the EFL Cup by Southampton over two legs, Klopp made nine changes to his side's line-up against Wolves three days later with only Roberto Firmino and second-choice goalkeeper Loris Karius keeping their places.

    Richard Stearman and Andreas Weimann gave Wolves a 2-0 half-time lead, while Divock Origi's strike four minutes from time set-up a grandstand finish but the visitors held on to record a famous FA Cup win.

    The disappointment of January will soon be forgotten if Liverpool can complete the double over The Blues this season after The Reds recorded a 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge in September with Dejan Lovren and Jordan Henderson scoring the goals.

    Only a repeat of that memorable Friday evening would resurrect the club's dwindling title hopes, which have lengthened following draws against Sunderland and Manchester United and a shock home defeat against bottom club Swansea 10 days ago.

    Liverpool's cause could be boosted with the return of Sadio Mane, after the Senegal international returned from representing his country in the African Cup of Nations, while Adam Lallana is expected to play after shaking off a knock.

    Chelsea

    The form of Antonio Conte's side has been in stark contrast to that of their opponents, with the club leading second-place Arsenal by eight points in the title race after a run of 17 wins from 19 matches in all competitions.

    That sequence included 13 consecutive league wins from the start of October to the end of December, which equalled The Gunners' record for the most successive wins in a single Premier League season.

    Their run was finally ended by Tottenham Hotspur in the club's first match of 2017 but emphatic wins against Peterborough, Leicester, Hull and Brentford have ensured that the London side have bounced back in the best way possible.

    Victory on Tuesday would maintain or improve Chelsea's eight-point lead over second-place Arsenal ahead of another battle of the heavyweights on Saturday when The Blues host Arsene Wenger's side at Stamford Bridge.

    However, a defeat against Liverpool on Tuesday night, coupled with victories for Arsenal against Watford and again on Saturday would cut The Blues' lead at the top of the table to two points with 14 matches of the season still remaining.

    Tuesday's encounter offers Chelsea the chance of revenge after Liverpool inflicted two successive defeats on the club at Stamford Bridge, while Antonio Conte's side have not beaten their opponents in any of their past four encounters.

    Chelsea's are currently the only Premier League club to have a fully-fit squad available for selection, although Branislav Ivanovic has be omitted from the travelling party as he completes a transfer away from the club ahead of the 11pm deadline.

    Liverpool Team News

    Jurgen Klopp is expected to announce a much-changed line-up to the one which exited the FA Cup at the hands of Wolves on Saturday with the likes of Dejan Lovren, James Milner and captain Jordan Henderson all set to play.

    Sadio Mane's return from the African Cup of Nations was delayed following Senegal's exit from the competition but the winger could still feature after he missed his side's last seven matches.

    The continued absence Nathaniel Clyne due to a rib injury could mean a recall for Trent Alexander-Arnold at right-back, while Adam Lallana should return for The Reds after shaking off a knock.

    Midfielders Ovie Ejaria and Marko Grujic also remain on the sidelines as they recover from ankle and hamstring injuries respectively.

    Chelsea Team News

    Chelsea, who have a fully-fit squad available for selection, are likely to recall the likes of Eden Hazard, Victor Moses and Nemanja Matic who were all rested for Saturday's 4-0 win over Brentford in the FA Cup.

    Diego Costa, who came on for the final 14 minutes, is also likely to return, while Cesar Azpilicueta and Pedro should keep their places in the Chelsea line-up after both players started on Saturday.

    Defender Branislav Ivanovic has been left out of the squad as he completes a move away from Stamford Bridge ahead of tonight's transfer deadline, although goalkeeper Asmir Begovic now looks like remaining at the club.

    Both players made what appeared to be their farewell appearances against Brentford at the weekend, with Ivanovic set to join Zenit St. Petersburg and Begovic heavily-linked with Bournemouth.

    Head-to-head

    Liverpool have won two of their past three meetings against Chelsea, although those two victories are the only wins the club have recorded over Tuesday's opponents in the last 11 matches between the teams.

    The clubs famously met on a total of 24 occasions during the 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons, with The Reds winning seven encounters to Chelsea's 10, while seven of the meetings ended in draws.

    Liverpool and Chelsea have also played each other 69 times in all competitions since the start of the Premier League in 1992, with The Blues also narrowly coming out on top with 27 victories to their opponents' 25 wins.

    Jurgen Klopp's side, who have the superior all-time record with 77 wins and 61 losses from 176 meetings, won 2-1 at Stamford Bridge in September with Dejan Lovren and Jordan Henderson scoring the goals to inflict Chelsea's only home defeat of the season.

    Score Prediction

    Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea
    • Blogger Comments
    • Facebook Comments

    0 comments:

    Post a Comment

    Item Reviewed: Liverpool vs Chelsea Match Preview Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Richard Tufft
    Scroll to Top