Chelsea vs. Liverpool: Premier League – Match Preview

Two of the Premier League’s top three go head to head on Saturday evening as Chelsea host Liverpool.

Chelsea dropped points for the first time this season last weekend, as they were held to a goalless draw away at West Ham.

Liverpool continued their 100% start with an easy 3-0 victory at home to Southampton.

Mohammed Salah ended his mini goal drought with the third, tapping home a close range rebound.

The two teams played each other on Wednesday in the EFL Cup, with Chelsea recovering from a goal down to win 2-1.

Eden Hazard came off the bench to score the winner, a stunning solo effort.

Match history
Chelsea took four points of Liverpool last season, including a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge.

Liverpool do have a good recent record at Chelsea though and have won on two of their last three visits.

Last five Premier League meetings
Chelsea 1 Liverpool 0 – 06/05/18
Liverpool 1 Chelsea 1 – 25/11/17
Liverpool 1 Chelsea 1 – 31/01/17
Chelsea 1 Liverpool 2 – 16/09/16
Liverpool 1 Chelsea 1 – 11/05/16

Team news
Pedro remains a doubt for Chelsea, meaning they are likely to name the same side that drew at West Ham.

Olivier Giroud is set to continue ahead of a struggling Alvaro Morata.

Virgil van Dijk was forced off against Southampton, but should be fit to start here.

Liverpool heavily rotated for the EFL Cup in mid-week and are likely to return to a more familiar XI.

Expected starting XI’s
Chelsea (4-3-3): Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; Willian, Giroud, Hazard
Liverpool (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Gomez, Robertson; Milner, Keita, Wijnaldum; Firmino, Salah, Mane

Predictions

Result: Liverpool

Correct Score: 1-2

Anytime Goalscorer: Sadio Mane

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