Chelsea vs Liverpool Head to Head ~ 25/11/2017 – in Nigeria0
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Jose Mourinho might have insisted his Chelsea side should be confident heading into their critical Premier League clash with Liverpool this weekend, but elimination from the League Cup will not have helped the mood at Stamford Bridge.
Right after suffering their fifth major-flight defeat this season away to West Ham last Saturday, defending Capital One particular Cup champions Chelsea were knocked out of the tournament by Stoke City on penalties three days later.
To compound the club, and indeed Mourinho’s woes, the FA handed the Portuguese tactician and his assistant Silvino Louro a misconduct charge following the pair’s dismissals at Upton Park though both Chelsea and West Ham have been charged for failing to handle their players in the course of the game.
Mourinho, although, is expected to nevertheless be present on the touchline when the Blues host Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
That process will not be made any less difficult, even so, by the Reds possessing secured their first win under new manager Jurgen Klopp on Wednesday against Bournemouth in the League Cup.
The German coach has now led the club to 3 draws and a victory given that taking over from Brendan Rodgers, and Liverpool will for that reason see their trip to west London as the great chance to maintain their momentum against a Chelsea side who only have two wins to their name in the league this term.
Each clubs, having said that, have injuries to contend with so what teams can fans count on Mourinho and Klopp to start out with on Saturday? And who is the favourite to win? Read on to come across out much more about the large game involving Chelsea and Liverpool.
Date, time and venue
The Premier Leage match kicks off at 12:45pm on Saturday 31 October at Stamford Bridge.
Exactly where to watch
The game will be shown live on BT Sport 1 from midday, but we will have all the action as it takes place in our reside weblog from Stamford Bridge.
Tickets for the game for both sets of fans have now sold out, but Chelsea supporters can nevertheless get matchday packages. Click here to come across out extra.
Kind and recent encounters
Despite putting in an improved displaying in the Champions League last week, Chelsea failed to come to life against West Ham on Saturday and disappointed after going down to 10 males following Nemanja Matic’s sending off.
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Nevertheless, the Blues looked sharper in their League Cup game against Stoke, with Loic Remy doing properly to score a last-gasp equaliser that took the game to further-time though defeat came about when Eden Hazard failed to convert the decisive shootout penalty.
Liverpool fans may perhaps have been left slightly disappointed with the club’s 3 successive draws against Tottenham, Rubin Kazan and Southampton right after Klopp arrived at the club, but supporters have been given some thing to cheer about when the German’s side impressed against Bournemouth in midweek.
Nathaniel Clyne scored the only target of the fourth-round tie, but Jordon Ibe and youngster Joao Teixeira place in a positive displaying at Anfield considerably to the delight of Klopp.
The final meeting in between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge in May well ended in a 1-1 draw with John Terry and Steven Gerrard on the scoresheet when their earlier match at Anfield finished 2-1 to the Blues following ambitions from Gary Cahill and Diego Costa.
Chelsea manager Mourinho may well be with no star striker Costa for the clash with Liverpool following the Spain international was taken to hospital with a rib injury that forced him off during the Blues’ League Cup loss to Stoke.
Mourinho is set to confirm on Friday if Costa is fit adequate to start, or certainly play any part in, the game on Saturday which could mean Remy or Radamel Falcao being provided the nod up front.
The Chelsea boss will also be without Thibaut Courtois, who has nonetheless not recovered from knee surgery, Branislav Ivanovic and Pedro.
Klopp, meanwhile, is expected to welcome striker Christian Benteke back from a minor knock but fellow forward Daniel Sturridge is a massive doubt following missing Liverpool’s last 4 games with a knee injury.
Kolo Toure is also a doubt following coming off with a hamstring concern against Bournemouth and he joins Jordan Henderson, Jon Flanagan, Joe Gomez, Danny Ings and Jordan Rossiter as Klopp’s missing men for their trip to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea doable starting XI: Begovic, Zouma, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Loftus-Cheek, Ramires, Willian, Oscar, Hazard, Remy.
Liverpool feasible starting XI: Mignolet, Clyne, Skrtel, Sakho, Moreno, Lucas, Can, Milner, Coutinho, Lallana, Origi.
What they’re saying
Liverpool manager Klopp on unleashing Roberto Firmino in the Premier League: “He is ready, he is prepared for this league for certain, he is physically sturdy and a superior technician – everything you saw. And generally he is a great finisher! He is a superior player.”
Chelsea manager Mourinho on Klopp and Liverpool: “They had been a fantastic group and are a fantastic team. They had very good players, they have excellent players. They had a extremely great manager, they have a new incredibly fantastic manager. Everything is the same.