In one of the many mouthwatering clashes that await the fans of the Premier League, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool travel to the Stamford Bridge to take on a new and stronger Chelsea side that with a manager making his debut in the country this year. Antonio Conte is yet to be beaten in the Premier League but this is just the second time that the Italian will face a side that that finished in the top half of the table in the previous season. Here is the preview of this game, along with the team news, predictions, expected lineups and betting odds:
The Chelsea vs Liverpool game will be played on Friday the 16th of September at the Stamford Bridge in London. The kick off is scheduled at 20:00 BST (00:30 IST on Saturday).
Conte suffered a cruel blow at the end of the previous game as he will now be without the services of club captain John Terry for this game against Liverpool. David Luiz is all set to make his second debut for the club on Friday. Apart from that, Kurt Zouma remains the only long-term injury concern for Conte ahead of this clash.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp also had some great news after it was revealed that first choice defender Dejan Lovren is fit to face the Blues on Friday. However, Emre Can is just back from injury and Klopp revealed that he may not play a part in the game. Joe Gomez is close to leaving his lengthy injury snag behind but it will be a couple of months before he can start for Klopp’s side. Loris Karius, the summer buy is in line for his Premier League debut but it will be up to Klopp if he wants to give him some time before being thrust into action.
Courtois; Ivanovic, Luiz, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Kante, Matic; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa
Mignolet; Clyne, Matip, Lovren, Milner; Henderson, Lallana, Wijnaldum; Mane, Firmino, Coutinho
Roberto Firmino vs N’Golo Kante:
The Brazil international has created more chances than any other player in the Premier League this season and is at the top of his game. However, he will be up against an energetic N’Golo Kante who will not give him any time on the ball. This battle can well decide the outcome of the game and both players will give it their all in search of all three points on the night.
Diego Costa vs Joel Matip:
The summer buy for Liverpool will face one of his toughest tests in the Premier League in the Bridge on Friday. Diego Costa, who has already won Chelsea close to 5 points, will be a nuisance all night in front of goal and Matip will have to stay focused right until the end to give Liverpool any chance of getting a result from this game.
The teams last played in July this year and Chelsea won the game 1 – 0. Before that, they played in May this year and the game ended in a 1 – 1 draw.
Chelsea is second in the Premier League with 10 points having won 3 games and drawn 1. They are two points below Manchester City.
Liverpool is sixth in the Premier League with 7 points having won 2 games, drawn 1 and lost 1. They are one point below Tottenham Hotspur.
Although Liverpool have scored nine goals in the Premier League this season, they have conceded seven.
Liverpool are looking a strong side but have their own weaknesses at the back and will surely be vulnerable to Conte’s front three and their quality. But the game will be won and lost between Liverpool’s attack and Chelsea’s defense and these two are too closely matched this early in the season to be separated.
Chelsea 2-2 Liverpool