On Sunday evening Liverpool will visit Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Both teams made a poor performance in the Champions League this midweek. Chelsea lost at home to Valencia and Liverpool lost away at Napoli for the second season in a row. Now they return to Premier League action and Liverpool are five points ahead of Manchester City. All five of their league games have been won this season with 15 league goals scored. A win over Chelsea will put ten points between the two clubs.
Chelsea would have expected to get points at home to Valencia in midweek. Instead, they lost 1-0 thanks to a late penalty being missed. There have been some bright moments for them this season and they begin the weekend in sixth place in the Premier League, only out of the top four on goal difference. Tammy Abraham is in great shape, but Chelsea have conceded 11 goals in the league this season plus another three in other competitions. Only Norwich City have conceded more goals than Chelsea in the Premier League this season. Mason Mount got injured against Valencia. Antonio Rüdiger and N’Golo Kante both missed the defeat to Valencia and are unsure for the weekend.
Liverpool may have scored a lot of league goals but only away at Burnley have they kept a clean sheet. They also conceded in the Community Shield, European Super Cup and Champions League. Liverpool are still without their first goalkeeper Alisson. Virgil Van Dijk and Andy Robertson made a couple of mistakes in against Napoli, and the Reds will be keen to deliver a strong defensive display on Sunday. Naby Keita is still out, so we could see Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum on the midfield, or James Milner could provide a more defensive alternative.
Last five games (Chelsea 2, Draw 1, Liverpool 2):
06 May 2018 Chelsea v Liverpool 1-0 Premier League
26 Sep 2018 Liverpool v Chelsea 1-2 League Cup
29 Sep 2018 Chelsea v Liverpool 1-1 Premier League
14 Apr 2019 Liverpool v Chelsea 2-0 Premier League
14 Aug 2019 Liverpool v Chelsea 2-2 (5-4 on penalties) Super Cup
Last five games at Stamford Bridge (Chelsea 1, Draw 2, Liverpool 2):