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Chelsea vs Liverpool: Preview, Line-up and Prediction

Much anticipated game of the Premier League is right around the corner. Chelsea are all set to host the Champions Liverpool here on Sunday night action. Both sides would love to get all three points from this fixture. Frank Lampard might give everything from his side to silence the Reds attack. However, it’ll be a goal-fest for a sure and a good entertainer for a neutral fan.

While both sides come from a victory claiming all three points from their first fixture of the new season. Although, Liverpool defense looked a bit shaky against Leeds United last week. Bielsa side showed good composure against the Liverpool defense. Joe Gomez didn’t look in good shape with Van Djik making silly mistakes from his end.

Analysis

Klopp needs to work on his defense by giving Fabinho a chance to play his original position of center-back. Fabinho can link-up well alongside Virgil Van Dijk at the heart of the defense. Joe Gomez is still in his early days, however, Klopp has another choice as Joel Matip for Gomez’s position. It’ll be interesting to see how Pool’s defense shape up against Lampard’s fierce attack. The new signings for Chelsea are all set to roll out against Liverpool.

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Kai Havertz and Thiago Silva were found training the main squad ahead of the clash against Pool. While all eyes will be on Klopp’s new summer signing from Bayern Munich. Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich is right now considered the best summer signing so far this season. The Reds have also got their men Diogo Jota from Wolves earlier this week. However, it’s unlikely for both of them to start this fixture.

When and Where?

Chelsea will host Liverpool at the Stamford Bridge stadium in the Premier League on 21st September (21:00 IST).

Team News and Expected Lineup

Chelsea

Team News

Chelsea are confident and ready to host their rivals at Stamford Bridge. New signing, Timo Werner displayed good form last game against Brighton and will be looking to score his first goal. Thiago Silva is not matched fit, however, he has seen training with the boys. Pulisic is still recovering from the hamstring injury which he picked up against Arsenal in the FA Cup Final.

Other players, who are still in the injury zone are Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech, and Gilmour. Ben Chilwell and Hakim Ziyech are both new signings, for whom the fans are eagerly waiting to see them in action. Gilmour might be back in action by October middle as per reports.

Expected Lineup

Kepa Arrizabalaga; Reece James, Christensen, Zouma, Azpilicueta; Kante, Kovacic, Barkley; Mason Mount, Kai Havertz; Timo Werner.

Liverpool

Team News

Liverpool are geared-up to face Chelsea on an away game. The Reds don’t have much of an injury concern. English midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is the only Pool player, who is sidelined from this action. The former Arsenal star is still recovering from his knee surgery. He might be available for Klopp by the end of October.

Tsimikas might feature in today’s game as a substitute considering Liverpool’s shaky defense against Leeds. The side conceded three goals, thanks to Salah’s heroics that saved Klopp’s side from a loss. Klopp will be eager to play both Thiago Alcantara and Jota in this big game, which can be a huge surprise for Liverpool fans.

Expected Lineup

Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Djik, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane.

Head to head in Premier League

When these two sides last met in the 2019-20 season, Liverpool came out victorious. Lampard’s side saw defeat against in-form Klopp’s Liverpool courtesy of goals from Firmino and Alexander-Arnold. While, N’Golo Kante scored the only goal for Chelsea, which ended with a scoreline 1-2 in favor of Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea has just one win in their last 11 meetings against the Merseyside club. The Londoners have encountered five defeats and five draws in their last 11 meetings against Liverpool. Whilst, Liverpool have won six of their last 12 at Stamford Bridge in the competition.

Key Players

Timo Werner

The highly-rated German striker made his debut for the Blues last week against Brighton. He will be thrilled to play the first game at home but without their supporters behind closed doors amidst on going pandemic. The German International did assist a goal on his debut but failed to find the net. He’ll be now joined by his fellow national teammate Kai Havertz.

lt will be interesting to see how Kai and Timo link up in the final third. While, both the players have a renowned name for themselves in Bundesliga last season. However, Timo Werner will be keen to hit the ground running against Klopp’s side, who tried till the very end for his signature.

Mohamed Salah

The Egyptian forward got off to a dream start in the Premier League last week. Leeds United couldn’t keep him on hold, which paved way for his hat-trick in the opening fixture. However, two goals out of three came via penalties. One of those proved to be the winner against Leeds, who fought till the end for three points. It’ll be tough for James or Azpilicueta to contain Salah, who is in good touch.

Final score Prediction

Without any second thoughts, one can tell this fixture will have goal-fest every time they step on to the field. The rivalry between them will for sure make the game much more interesting. The scoreline might read 2-1 in favor of Chelsea at the final whistle. Considering Liverpool’s defensive errors, Chelsea might take full advantage of Timo Werner up front. Kai Havertz might add his name to the scoresheet somehow today.

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