Liverpool travels to the Stamford Bridge on Sunday to take on Chelsea, as Klopp’s army aims to continue on their blistering start to the season. Will their title march be frustrated by Frank Lampard’s tutored side? English Premier League matchday 6 offers an intriguing fixture on Super Sunday.
Chelsea-Liverpool rivalry is what many will agree to be a modern-day rivalry. The fixture between these 2 was just another EPL fixture until early 2000, and this can be merited to 2 of the most animated managers at the club’s dugout, Jose Mourinho and Rafa Benitez. These 2 managers have gone on to lay the foundation for what has become one of the biggest EPL fixtures.
The EPL is going into matchday 6, and some feel that whatever result comes out of this encounter, it may be inconsequential to the title race, however, as a reminder, Liverpool lost just 1 league tie last season but still missed out on the league title. So, every single point will be crucial to Liverpool’s course.
Chelsea v Liverpool, source
Chelsea (P5, W2, D2, L1 & Pts 8)
Chelsea start to the season has been patchy, their 2 wins, 2 draws and a defeat has divided opinion on whether they can make the top 4 yet again under Lampard. Transfer ban had limited the Blues into putting trust in young academy graduates such as Tamny Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori, and the young lads had so far justified their inclusion in the senior squad. The trio was responsible for all 11 league goals for Chelsea, with Tammy Abraham joint leading scorer with 7 goals. Chelsea fell to a disappointing home 0-1 defeat to Valencia in the UCL and will be raring to bounce back against Liverpool, the good news is that the combative midfielder Ngolo Kante has returned to the squad and may be involved against the Reds.
Liverpool (P5, W5, D0, L0 & Pts 15)
Liverpool is on a 5-match winning run in the league, they have scored a staggering 15 goals and conceded just 4, however, they fell to a 0-2 defeat to Napoli in midweek’s Uefa Champions League tie, an uncharacteristic sloppiness in defence cost them the loss. The manner of the conceded goals raises few eyebrows concerning Liverpool’s impenetrable defence, are cracks beginning to show in the Van Dijk led wall of defence? or it’s just a one-off defensive lapse? It will be business as usual for Liverpool’s deadly front 3 of Firmino, Mane & Salah on Sunday.
H2H: Last 5 EPL Matches(Chelsea W1-D3-W1 Liverpool)
Liverpool last league visit to the Bridge ended in a 1-1 draw, so were 3 out of the 5 league meetings. The last time Liverpool defeated Chelsea at the Stamford Bridge was in 2016 when Lovren and Henderson’s goal help the Reds to a 2-1 win, Diego Costa gave Chelsea a consolation goal.
>>Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool<<
If form is anything to reckon with in fixtures such as this, then Liverpool with the 100% league form has the edge. Chelsea might likely play deep and hit back on the break, however, it might still not be enough to keep Liverpool at bay. A draw will be a welcome result for Chelsea.
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