Chelsea vs Liverpool
England – Premier League
Date: Sunday, 22 September 2019
Kick-off at 16:30 UK / 17:30 CET
Venue: Stamford Bridge (London).
Chelsea have risen from the ashes of the 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Manchester United back in their opening game and are unbeaten in their last four games in the Premier League. The hosts pulled off a thumping 5-2 victory in their previous clash on the road to Wolverhampton while at home, they picked a point off of Sheffield United in their 2-2 draw.
Liverpool have been putting nothing but their best foot forward in the domestic campaign and are towering above the rest of their counterparts with a hefty five-point lead. Jurgen Klopp’s men breezed past Newcastle in their last game at Anfield by a 3-1 scoreline, prior to which they made light work of Burnley in their previous outing with three unanswered goals to their name.
However both the teams will be coming into this Super Sunday matchup on the back of disappointing defeats in their respective European clashes. With the memories of the Super Cup defeat in Istanbul still fresh in the minds of the Chelsea faithful, will Lampard’s men avenge their agonizing loss or will Klopp’s army rub further salt into the Blues wounds with a sixth win in their campaign?
Team News ( Chelsea vs Liverpool )
Chelsea are sweating over the fitness of Mount, who was forced off during the Valencia game following a poor challenge from former Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin.
Lampard is confident that the injury is not as bad as first feared, although he must wait for further scans before deciding whether he will be available this weekend.
Mount is one of a number of injury concerns for the hosts; N’Golo Kante is still struggling with an ankle injury but did return to training this week and could therefore be involved in some capacity, although whether he plays from the start in what is likely to be an intense game remains to be seen.
Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James are also nearing a return and could be involved in the squad as they continue to work their way back up to match fitness, while Emerson Palmieri still has an outside chance of featuring too.
Antonio Rudiger is expected to be sidelined, though, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek is a longer-term absentee and is not expected back until November.
Lampard deployed a 3-4-3 formation for the second successive game in midweek, although he is expected to revert to a 4-3-3 in order to avoid being overrun by Liverpool’s midfield and attack.
Klopp has no new injury concerns, and could even welcome Divock Origi and Naby Keita back into the picture – although both only have slim chances of returning in time for Sunday.
Goalkeeper Alisson Becker still faces another month or so on the sidelines, while Nathaniel Clyne is not expected back until next year.
Georginio Wijnaldum should return to the side after being rested in midweek, while Klopp must also make a decision between Jordan Henderson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Kepa; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Tomori, Alonso; Barkley, Jorginho, Kovacic; Pulisic, Abraham, Willian
Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Adrian; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane
Chelsea vs Liverpool Head to head (h2h)
Sunday’s match will be the second time these sides have met already this season, with Liverpool winning the UEFA Super Cup on penalties following a 2-2 draw in Istanbul last month.
Liverpool have only won one of the last seven meetings inside 90 minutes, though, picking up a 2-0 victory at Anfield in April – the last time the two sides faced off in the Premier League.
The corresponding fixture last season ended in a 1-1 draw, with Daniel Sturridge rescuing a point for the visitors with an 89th-minute stunner to cancel out Eden Hazard‘s opener.
We say: Chelsea 1-3 Liverpool
Chelsea have already shown that they have plenty of goals in them this season, while Liverpool’s struggle to keep clean sheets suggests that the hosts will get on the scoresheet. However, Lampard’s side have also shipped goals at an alarming rate and that could prove to be the deciding factor against such a potent Liverpool attack