Chelsea welcomes Liverpool to Stamford Bridge on Sunday evening as both teams will look to return to winning ways in the Premier League.
CHELSEA RESULTS, STATS, SQUAD
Chelsea were held to another frustrating 1-1 draw by Brighton & Hove Albion in their last Premier League outing as Romelu Lukaku returned to the starting lineup with a bang as he headed in the opening goal in the 28-minute, but Danny Welbeck restored parity for the Seagulls in second-half injury time as Chelsea once again came up short at home. The Blues have now fallen eleven points behind runaway leaders Manchester City in the Premier League rankings. Frustratingly, Chelsea has lost their mojo on home ground as four of their last five Premier League encounters at Stamford Bridge have now ended 1-1 and failing to keep a single home clean sheet in that run. BTTS has landed in each of Chelsea’s last five home games in the Premier League representing quite the downturn from Chelsea’s formerly steadfast defense under Tuchel. On a more positive note, Chelsea has scored in all but one of their 10 home games in the Premier League this season. Head Coach Thomas Tuchel bemoans his lengthy injury list as Reece James and Andreas Christensen came off injured against Brighton while Ben Chilwell is now confirmed to be out for the remainder of the season. Thiago Silva and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are major doubts.
LIVERPOOL RESULTS, STATS, SQUAD
All the signs pointed towards a Liverpool victory against Leicester in their last Premier League outing as the Reds had enjoyed a six-day recovery period after dumping the Foxes out of the EFL Cup. However, Leicester dug deep to pick up a morale-boosting festive win in front of their own fans, as Ademola Lookman came off the bench to strike before the Foxes defence held firm to dampen the spirits on the red half of Merseyside. Defeat at the King Power was Liverpool’s second loss in the 2021-22 season across all competitions, and the third-placed Reds now find themselves twelve points adrift of Man City having played a game fewer, and fourth-placed Arsenal are suddenly just six points behind. Liverpool’s blank at Leicester was the first time they have failed to score in any competition all season. Liverpool average nearly 2.8 goals per game on their travels in the Premier League and with Chelsea potentially short of options at the back, Jurgen Klopp’s men stand a chance. Nat Phillips, Adrian, Divock Origi, Takumi Minamino, Thiago Alcantara, and Harvey Elliott are ruled out for the Reds. Andy Robertson serves the final game of his suspension.
PREDICTION: LIVERPOOL WIN 2-0/2-1/3-0/3-1
ANYTIME GOALSCORER: MO SALAH