Chelsea vs Liverpool
English Premier League
Date: Sunday, 20 September 2020
Kick-off at 16:30 UK/ 17:30 CET
Venue: Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea host Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday in the first of this season’s clashes between two teams in the top 6. Both sides come into this game on the back of wins in their season-openers.
Liverpool played out a manic 4-3 win against Leeds United at Anfield last Saturday, with Jurgen Klopp acknowledging that the Reds left room for improvement with their defensive showing in that game.
Chelsea beat Brighton 3-1 on Monday night, but the Seagulls fashioned plenty of opportunities in that game, but were done in by some carelessness when they were defending.
With the season still in its nascent stages, the good news for both Klopp and Frank Lampard is that there is still time to iron out some glitches, but three points on Sunday will be massive for both teams.
Chelsea vs Liverpool: Head-to-head (h2h)
- The latest clash between the two was an eight-goal affair – as Klopp’s men recorded a 5-3 victory at Anfield.
- 11 of the former 15 overall encounters had goals from both teams.
- Since 2011, not once have the guests kept a clean sheet at this stadium.
- The previous 14 wins at this ground were evenly split into seven each for either team.
Chelsea vs Liverpool: Prediction
A huge match at such an early stage of the season as Chelsea welcome champions Liverpool to Stamford Bridge and Frank Lampard’s men will be keen to measure themselves against the best team in the division. Newcomers Werner and Havertz have come straight into the side and the German duo will be desperate to hit the ground running. Werner especially looked impressive last week and especially with all the rumours that were linking him to Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp, he will have extra motivation against his compatriot. Liverpool’s defence was incredibly poor against Leeds last week but they will surely improve and be more focused here. That said, neither back four looked particularly assured last week and goals at both ends of the pitch looks likely here. Whether it is both teams to score or over 2.5 goals, goals are forecast here and do not rule out Chelsea springing the upset and inflicting a rare defeat on Jurgen Klopp’s men.
THE TEAM NEWS
Predicted line-up (4-3-2-1): Kepa; James, Zouma, Christensen, Marcos Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; Havertz, Mount; Werner
Unavailable: Van Ginkel (Injured), Chilwell (Injured), Ziyech (Injured), Pulisic (Injured), Gilmour (Injured), Thiago Silva (Fitness)
Predicted line-up (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Henderson; Salah, Firmino, Mane
Unavailable: Oxlade-Chamberlain (Injured), Shaqiri (Injured)