Premier League: Liverpool vs Chelsea preview

Liverpool and Chelsea look to extend their winning streaks and reaffirm their title ambitions when they clash at Anfield Road on Saturday. Last season Liverpool won 2-1 at Stamford Bridge against eventual champions Chelsea before recording a 1-1 draw at home in the reverse fixture. Chelsea have not won at the Reds since 2014, but Liverpool have not beaten the Blues at Anfield Road since 2012. Overall, Liverpool have won two of the last direct Premier League meetings, while Chelsea tasted victory on just one occasion.

Liverpool had their four-game winning streak in all competitions halted in midweek as they threw away a 3-0 lead at Sevilla and had to settle for a 3-3 draw. That result leaves the qualification race wide open in Champions League Group E, but the Reds have their fate in their own hands ahead of the last match of the group stage. They are on a three-game winning streak in the Premier League after last weekend's 3-0 victory over Southampton. Joel Matip missed the last two matches with a thigh injury but he might recover in time for Saturday's game, while Nathaniel Clyne remains sidelined.

Chelsea are on a four-game winning streak in the Premier League after having secured an impressive 4-0 victory at West Brom last weekend. They recorded another 4-0 victory just four days later, at Qarabag in the Champions League, a result which secured their qualification to the first knockout round. Alvaro Morata, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Andreas Christensen and Gary Cahill were rested in midweek and they should return to the starting line-up on Saturday, while Victor Moses and Michy Batshuayi remain sidelined with injuries.

Probable line-ups:

Liverpool: Mignolet - Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno - Can, Henderson, Coutinho - Salah, Firmino, Mane

Chelsea: Courtois - Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill - Zappacosta, Fabregas, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso - Hazard - Morata

My prediction: 2-2 draw.

Here are the odds for the match at Bet365:

Liverpool win - 2.14
Draw - 3.39
Chelsea win - 3.29

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Members Comments

  • Bulgaria sharpe


    It was an entertainer, especially in the first half I think despite that goals came in second.
    Liverpool was clearly the better side second half but Chelsea responded well after the goal and maybe even lucky they've got the point.
    Liverpool goal was scored after huge mistake from Chelsea's Bakayoko so probably a well deserved scoreline in that one.

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