Chelsea will look to continues the perfect start to its 2020-21 Premier League campaign when they welcome defending champions Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.
It is still early days in the 2020/21 Premier League campaign and we are already in the second round of fixtures. Eight teams were played on Saturday with included Manchester United, who suffered home defeated to Crystal Palace.
Today another eight teams will play in the English Premier League second round with including one of the mouthwatering encounters in the domestic league between Chelsea and defending champions Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues kicked off their league campaign against Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium and despite not producing the most exciting football on the night, Frank Lampard’s side was able to come away with the three points quite easily.
The west London side sealed an impressive 3-1 win against the Seagulls thanks to goals from Jorginho, Reece James, and Kurt Zouma.
Liverpool on the other hand had it much harder against newly-promoted Leeds United, who gave the league champions a proper run for their money.
Jurgen Klopp’s men were able to see out a win, despite the Elland Road club coming back on three separate occasions in the tie.
The corresponding fixture last season saw Chelsea suffered a 2-1 defeated to defending champions Liverpool at Stamford Bridge with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Robert Firmino scored earlier goals to put the Reds ahead before N’Golo Kante netted his side only goal in 71 minutes of the game.
Ahead of the latest meeting between the two sides, Sportarena takes a closer look at the Premier League encounter.
Tactics & Team News
Frank Lampard has seen his squad’s injury troubles ease up considerably ahead of his side’s second Premier League game of the season. Against Liverpool on Sunday, the Blues manager will only be without five first-team players.
The players who do miss out for the hosts are Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic, Billy Gilmour, the good news for Chelsea is that Timo Werner, who suffered an injury against Brighton but is in contention to start against Liverpool while Mateo Kovacic has now served his suspension and is available for selection too.
Probable Lineup (4-4-2): Kepa; James, Christensen, Zouma, Azpilicueta; Kante, Barkley, Kovacic; Havertz, Werner, Mount
Unlike his counterpart in the Chelsea dugout, Jurgen Klopp hardly has any fitness issues hampering his preparations ahead of the trip to the Stamford Bridge. On Sunday, the Premier League champions boss will only have a couple of players unavailable in the worst-case scenario.
Former Arsenal man Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who suffered a knee problem back in August has been ruled out for the game while Kostas Tsimikas, who had tested positive for the Coronavirus after arriving in London will also miss the clash.
But Xherdan Shaqiri, who has suffered a slight muscle injury could be in line to make the bench for this tie.
Probable Lineup (4-4-2): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Henderson; Salah, Firmino, Mane
- Chelsea have lost each of their last three Premier League meetings with Liverpool; only once before have they lost more in a row against the Reds in the competition (four between November 2010 and May 2012).
- After winning just one of their first 16 Premier League visits to Stamford Bridge between 1992-93 and 2007-08 (D4 L11), Liverpool have since won six of their last 12 league games away at Chelsea (D3 L3), including three of five under Jürgen Klopp (D1 L1).
- Only Liverpool themselves (22) have won more Premier League matches against the reigning champions than Chelsea (15 – level with Manchester United); indeed, the Blues are unbeaten in their last 13 home league games against the previous season’s title-winning side (W7 D6), winning each of their last three in succession.
- Excluding games on the opening day of a season, this will be Liverpool’s first Premier League match against a side starting the day above them in the league table since October 2018, a 0-0 draw against Manchester City.
- Chelsea finished the 2019-20 Premier League season with six consecutive home victories, last winning seven in a row at Stamford in Bridge in the competition in December 2017 under Antonio Conte.
- Since their 2019-20 title win was confirmed in June, Liverpool have conceded 15 goals in their eight Premier League games (W5 D1 L2) – their previous 15 league goals conceded came across a 23-game spell.
Although the midfield work of French World Cup winner N’Golo Kante will be pivotal to Chelsea, most of their attacking hopes will be on the shoulders of German striker Timo Werner. The German hitman showed himself in an excellent light last weekend despite not directly getting on the scoresheet.
Ex-Blues winger Mohamed Salah is undoubtedly the most important player in Jurgen Klopp’s roster. His ability to change matches with just a single moment of brilliance is sure to be the envy of most Premier League managers.
Expect the Egyptian to be eager to find the net against his former club this weekend too.