With just 4 points in the last 5 games, Chelsea’s fabulous record under interim manager Guus Hiddink has been completely destroyed. But it is hard to blame the players or the manager for the losses as the Stamford Bridge outfit have hardly had anything to play for in the league this season after a poor start.
However, they will face yet another daunting task this mid-week as they play their game-in-hand just a few hours away from their house at Anfield. Liverpool have been in the sizzling form of late and a full-strength team is expected to take the field on the night at Anfield after Klopp, the Liverpool manager rested a number of key players for the 2-0 victory over Watford at the weekend.
The Blues skipper John Terry picked up a red card in the loss to Sunderland and will not play for the club anymore this season. This will leave the likes of Matt Miazga with a chance to start at the heart of the defense. Loic Remy and Kurt Zouma remain long-term injuries while Pedro will go through a late fitness test to get into the game.
The likes of Oscar, Hazard and Costa are all expected to play while Matic and Mikel will fight for one place in the midfield alongside Cesc Fabregas. Here is the predicted line-up for Chelsea to face Liverpool at Anfield.
Though let three past him in the last game against the Black Cats, Courtois will once again start in front of the goal for this crunch tie.
One of the most consistent players for Chelsea this season, Azpilicueta will start this game on the right side of the defense and will have to be at his best on the night.
The absence of John Terry will see Cahill lead the side out at Anfield and will play a huge role at the center of the defense for the visitors.
Cementing his place as a centre-back with recent performances, Ivanovic should get the nod over Matt Miazga especially against a fluid Liverpool attacking line.
Growing in confidence by the game, Rahman has been a decent presence for Chelsea at both ends of the field and will start the game on Wednesday.
With the likes of Milner and Can controlling the midfield for Liverpool, Mikel will have his work cut out sitting in front of his back four for most of the game.
Hardly consistent this season, Fabregas will have to play a good game against Liverpool if Chelsea are to stand a chance at taking even a point from this game.
After a disastrous start to the season, the Belgian has in the last few games shown some confidence and will be an important outlet for Chelsea at Anfield.
Good recent performances from the Brazilian will see him start the game in a number-10 role on the night against Liverpool.
The player of the year for the Blues, Willian has been superb all throughout the season and will once again be the biggest threat for the home side on Wednesday.
Loves to play against Liverpool scoring almost on every outing against the Reds, Costa will have to be firing on all cylinders if Chelsea want to stay in the game until the end.
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