The English Premier League this weekend has a number of mouth-watering matches and the weekend’s first match is a huge one between Chelsea and Liverpool. The clash is not just between two English giants but also a fight between two different minds in Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho. Klopp recently secured his first Liverpool victory and will be going into the game with a bit of confidence.
Chelsea on the other hand were thrown out of the League Cup by Stoke City thanks to a missed penalty from Eden Hazard in the shoot-out. This article is a preview of the game between the two sides. It also includes Team News, Expected Lineups and Predictions.
The Chelsea vs Liverpool game will be played at on Saturday the 31st of October. The Stamford Bridge is the venue and the kick-off is scheduled at 12:45 pm BST (6:15 pm IST).
Jose Mourinho will be happy to welcome Nemanja Matic back to the team after he has served his one match suspension for picking a red in the game against West Ham. Striker Diego Costa who picked up a back injury may play if he manages to brush it off. Ivanovic and Courtious will remain sidelined for the Blues.
Liverpool have been suffering from injuries all this month. Their club skipper Jordan Henderson, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings, Jordan Rossiter and Joe Gomez are injured and not available for the game. Kolo Toure picked a hamstring injury and will be out for a month. Christian Benteke who was not available for the League Cup clash against Bournemouth is still a doubt for this game. James Milner, however, will come back into the team after serving his ban in the mid-week game.
Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho are two of the most renowned managers in World football. They have separate ideologies about the way a football game should be played. This game was supposed to be a feast to the eye with two teams battling it out in the field. Instead, this game will be more about two teams who are badly in need of some points and are placed nowhere near their season’s target in the Premier League table.
Liverpool are yet to lose a match in the Klopp era and will take on a Mourinho side who have somehow forgotten how to win. The English Champions of last season lack any kind of spark in their play and were looking even less active in the clash against Stoke on Tuesday. But this might be the right time for both these clubs to meet as it has the potential of boosting confidence levels.
Chelsea have problems all over the field. Their defense has looked pale and have conceded too many goals for the managers liking. But most of this comes down to the ability of the team holding the ball up front which has not happened so far this season. Hazard, Costa and Fabregas who were in sizzling form last season are low on confidence and that has its effects on the team.
For Klopp. the biggest problem would be to get one of his main strikers fit for a long period of time. The team is slowly growing into his style of playing and are starting to look better already. The defensive mistakes that are inherent in the side will not vanish in a day and will be the best chance for Chelsea to take all three points from the game.
Begovic, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Terry, Zouma, Matic, Fabregas, Willian, Hazard, Pedro, Costa
Mignolet, Moreno, Skrtel, Sakho, Clyne, Can, Lucas, Milner, Coutinho, Firmino, Benteke
This game is addressed in the media as a possible last game for Mourinho if he does not get a result. But the struggling nature of the two teams might lead to a mid-field battle and may not produce too many goals.
Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool