STAR PREVIEW: Chelsea v Liverpool

Chelsea and Liverpool are poles apart in ante post betting for the Premier League but they might be closer than the match odds suggest and Frank Lampard’s men might be able to take something frpm their big clash today.

Chelsea were brought back down to earth with a 1-0 defeat against Valencia in the Champions League this week (following a 5-2 win at Wolves) but that result was probably undeserved as Ross Barkley missed a penalty and Chelsea generally had enough chances to at least take a draw from a frustrating night for them.

The Blues were not quite at their best there but they did have the better of the stats, winning the shot count 22-8 and the shots on target count 6-2, whilst they were also a goal better than Valencia on the expected goals rating.

It’s worth remembering how much better they’ve been since moving to a 3-5-2 formation, with Marcos Alonso’s freedom giving them a huge amount of movement against Wolves which allowed Tammy Abraham to thrive with a hat-trick there. Much of Chelsea’s attacking fluency on that occasion came from Mason Mount, who was brilliant, and his potential absence is a big cloud over the prospects of the hosts.

That said, the Blues can still count upon Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho, both of whom were good against Wolves, and they should not be underestimated.

Chelsea v Liverpool
Premier League
16:30 Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HD

HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches, Since 2000)
AUG 2019 EUROPEAN SUPER CUP Liverpool 2-2 Chelsea
APR 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea
SEP 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool
SEP 2019 CARABAO CUP Liverpool 1-2 Chelsea
MAY 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool
NOV 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea
JAN 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea
SEP 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool
MAY 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea
OCT 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 1-3 Liverpool
MAY 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

Liverpool have been excellent in the Premier League so far with five straight wins but they met Chelsea in Istanbul when a 2-2 draw (after extra time) was a very valid result and not that much has changed in the short time since. Liverpool were saved by Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino’s intelligent play on that occasion and both will be a major threat but the reds have had some nice fixtures so far and it’s worth remembering that the pair drew last season at Stamford Bridge when a last minute Daniel Sturridge goal made the scores level. Liverpool haven’t kept a clean sheet all season – Neither have Chelsea – and this could be an even contest where both sides make their mark.

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