Liverpool V Chelsea Big EPL Match Preview And Top Tips
This weekend, we will see the third round of matches in the new Premier League season. West Ham’s 4-1 victory over a Leicester City side that played most of the game with ten men saw the Hammers move to the top of the table but just behind them are two giants of the division that will meet on Sunday at Anfield.
Liverpool will host Chelsea in one of the true big clashes of the Premier League season and both will be putting their 100% unbeaten records on the line. Both teams have the exact same record, six points, five goals scored, none conceded and both have been recent Champions League winners and Premier League winners.
Although we are only three games into the new season at the weekend, this could still be a very important game in terms of the destination of the Premier League title, with how teams in the top four perform against each other often being a key factor in who comes out on top.
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Let’s first take a look at the games coming up this weekend before we pay particular attention to the game taking place at Anfield.
Premier League Matchday 3
- Manchester City v Arsenal
- Aston Villa v Brentford
- Brighton v Everton
- Newcastle United v Southampton
- Norwich City v Leicester City
- West Ham v Crystal Palace
- Liverpool v Chelsea
- Burnley v Leeds United
- Tottenham v Watford
- Wolves v Manchester United
At the moment, five teams have 100% winning records in the Premier League, West Ham lead the way at the top of the table followed by Chelsea, Liverpool, Brighton and Tottenham. Three teams have collected four points, Manchester United, Everton and Brentford.
At the other end of the table, five teams are yet to pick up a point and they, in order from 16th to 20th are Wolves, Burnley, Newcastle United, Arsenal and Norwich City.
Four teams are yet to score a goal this season, Crystal Palace, Wolves, Arsenal and Norwich, while four teams are yet to concede a goal this season, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham and Brentford.
Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United) and Michail Antonio (West Ham) are the leading goalscorers with three goals apiece. West Ham have also scored the most goals of any team this season with eight goals from their two games so far.
Liverpool v Chelsea – Factfile
- The two teams have met a total of 188 times previously. Liverpool have won 82 of those matches compared to 65 for Chelsea with 41 games being drawn.
- Liverpool have won five of the last seven between the two teams, losing the other two.
- However, over the last ten games, it is much more even with Liverpool having five wins to Chelsea’s four with just one drawn game in that run.
- Five of the last six draws between the two teams stretching back to November 2012 have finished in a 1-1 scoreline.
- The last 0-0 draw between the two teams came back in February 2008 at Stamford Bridge.
- Last season, Liverpool were 2-0 winners early on in the season at Stamford Bridge, but at Anfield Chelsea gained revenge with a 1-0 victory.
- Both clubs have made signings in the pre-season with Liverpool snapping up Ibrahima Konate from Red Bull Leipzig, while Chelsea completed the signing of Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan just last week. This will be Lukaku’s second spell with Chelsea.
- Liverpool should have Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Fabinho back for this game, while Andy Robertson seems to be fully fit again after returning on the bench for the game with Burnley last week.
- Chelsea could be without Christian Pulisic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek due to them testing positive for Covid a little while back.
Liverpool seem to have settled on their best back line, goalkeeper and front three after their excellent start this season and perhaps the only change Jurgen Klopp may consider for this game would be Andy Robertson coming back in at left back for Kostas Tsimikas. However, that would be harsh on the Greek international who has played superbly well in Robertson’s absence.
In attack, it looks like Salah, Mane and Jota are the front three that Klopp will seemingly go with this season, which means Roberto Firmino and Takumi Minamino will likely both start on the bench once again.
With Fabinho and Oxlade-Chamberlain returning, Klopp’s biggest decision rests in midfield where Jordan Henderson returned last week and Naby Keita has done well so far this season. Harvey Elliott started last weekend against Burnley and also played well, but he may step down to allow Fabinho or Thiago start.
- Liverpool Possible Team (4-3-3) – Alisson, Alexander Arnold, Robertson, Van Dijk, Matip, Henderson, Thiago, Fabinho, Mane, Salah, Jota.
Chelsea don’t have too many injury worries for this game, but having Pulisic and Loftus-Cheek out due to Covid does mean that Thomas Tuchel can’t rely on them for this game. Pulisic may be a miss for Chelsea as he is a player that has caused Liverpool problems in the past.
Even so, the German manager still has a very talented and experienced side to pick from and with N’Golo Kante coming back to full fitness after picking up a knock in the Super Cup win over Villarreal, the Frenchman will likely return to his midfield role alongside Jorginho with Mateo Kovacic making way.
Lukaku will undoubtedly start up front for Chelsea, with the likes of Mount, Havertz and/or Ziyech playing in a slightly deeper role. Tuchel will likely retain his trusted 3-4-3 formation for this game after it saw Chelsea earn a 1-0 win here last season.
- Chelsea Possible Team (3-4-3) – Mendy, Thiago Silva, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kante, Alonso, James, Mount, Havertz, Lukaku.
Liverpool v Chelsea Tips And Predictions
When two giants of the Premier League meet, it is not always easy to predict what will happen, but there is no doubt that the return of Virgil Van Dijk and Joel Matip has shored up Liverpool’s back line and with Alisson in fine early season form, the Reds defence looks rock solid once again.
Chelsea’s form has been excellent and the confidence they have from their Champions League win last season is very clear. They did slip up against Leicester in the FA Cup Final though and I feel this is both team’s first real test of the season, although Chelsea may argue they had that last week away to Arsenal.
For me, home advantage is key in these games and with Liverpool in great form and at full strength, I think they may just have the edge here in what should be a tight and I feel entertaining game between two very talented teams.
- Full Time Result – Liverpool to win – 7/5
- Correct Score – Liverpool 2-1 Chelsea – 10/1
- Anytime Goalscorer – Diogo Jota (Liverpool) – 2/1
- Result & Both Teams to Score – Liverpool & Yes – 15/4