Chelsea vs. Liverpool: Premier League – Match Preview

The first meeting between two of the top six takes place on Sunday as Chelsea entertain the Premier League champions Liverpool.

Chelsea recorded a 3-1 win away at Brighton in their season opener, with Reece James’ strike the pick of the bunch.

Timo Werner and Kai Havertz had differing debuts, with Werner winning a penalty and the latter struggling to make an impact.

Liverpool’s defence of their title started with an entertaining 4-3 win over Leeds United last weekend.

Mohamed Salah scored a hat-trick, including a late penalty which earned the Reds all three points.

Match history
Liverpool did a double over Chelsea last term, including a 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge.

Trent Alexander-Arnold scored free-kicks in both fixtures, with Liverpool winning the home tie 5-3 in one of the games of the season.

Last five Premier League meetings
Liverpool 5 Chelsea 3 – 22/07/20
Chelsea 1 Liverpool 2 – 22/09/19
Liverpool 2 Chelsea 0 – 14/04/19
Chelsea 1 Liverpool 1 – 29/09/18
Chelsea 1 Liverpool 0 – 06/05/18

Team news
Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva, Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic remain out injured for the Blues.

Timo Werner has been passed fit by Frank Lampard and will lead the line here.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been ruled out for Liverpool, however the rest of the squad are fully fit.

Fabinho could return to the XI after being used off the bench in their opening game.

Expected starting XI’s
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Kepa; James, Zouma, Christensen, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho; Hudson-Odoi, Havertz, Mount; Werner
Liverpool (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Gomez, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane

Predictions

Result: Draw
Chelsea have improved the squad significantly during the summer and will be able to compete with Liverpool.

Correct Score: 1-1
Three of the last seven league meetings between the pair have finished 1-1

Anytime Goalscorer: Timo Werner
Werner impressed against Brighton on his debut and will likely get chances against a Liverpool side that looked shaky defensively against Leeds

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