Liverpool vs Chelsea Match Analysis & Prediction
21/01/2023 3:30 pm
Two teams in mid-table obscurity kick off this weekend’s Premier League action, as Liverpool play host to Chelsea at Anfield on Saturday.
The ninth-placed Reds and 10th-placed Blues only have 28 points to their name from their league matches approaching the midway point of the season, although the hosts have a game in hand over their visitors.
Defeat to Brighton marked the first time since 1993 that Liverpool had suffered back-to-back league defeats at the start of the calender year, and a season without European football beckons unlest the Reds enjoy a remarkable turnaround in the coming months, as they are two points behind Brighton in seventh and a further 10 adrift of the Champions League spots.
A first clean sheet in seven matches at Wolves was a sight for sore eyes, as Liverpool’s imperious home record in the Premier League, as they have lost just one of their last 32 top-flight games at Anfield and have scored 23 goals on home turf.
Not since a 1-0 defeat to Fulham in March 2021 have the Reds failed to score in a home league match, and Klopp will take charge of his 1000th game as manager this weekend, no doubt eyeing all three points.
Having avoided a fourth game without victory in the Premier League, Chelsea are just about clinging onto their top-half spot in 10th, behind Liverpool on goal difference and with an identical gap to make up to the top seven and Champions League places.
Graham Potter continues to receive the backing of the Chelsea board, despite only winning two of his last 10 Premier League matches in chage, and the Blues embarked on poor five-game winless run away from home in the top flight since overcoming Aston Villa in October.
Both Premier League encounters between Liverpool and Chelsea eneded level last season before the Reds beat the Blues in the FA Cup and EFL Cup final on penalties, but Klopp’s side cannot rely on their 12-yard prowess to inflict more misery on Potter’s side here.
Liverpool vs. Chelsea Head to head
In the 182 previous meetings between these two sides across all competitions, Liverpool have claimed 78 victories while Chelsea have won 61, and they have drawn in 43. Chelsea have scored 244 goals and conceded 267 in the process.
Liverpool Team News
Diogo Jota, Virgil van Dijk, Arthur, Robert Firmino and Luis Diaz will not be back for Liverpool just yet, but Klopp is expecting Darwin Nunez to be back from an unspecified issue in time to feature here.
Nunez’s return should see Cody Gakpo revert to a wide role as Fabio Carvalho makes way, while Kostas Tsimikas suffered a knock to the back at Molineux but was always expected to cede his apot to Andrew Robertson.
Liverpool's Last 5 Matches
30/12/2022Liverpool2Leicester City1Premier League
07/01/2023Liverpool2Wolverhampton Wanderers2FA Cup
14/01/2023Brighton & Hove Albion3Liverpool0Premier League
17/01/2023Wolverhampton Wanderers0Liverpool1FA Cup
Chelsea Team News
Mykhaylo Mudryk will be in contetion to make his Chelsea debut, and he could potentially be pressed into action straight away, as Kai Havertz was not in training on Wednesday for unspecified reasons.
Atletico Madrid loanee Joao Felix will serve the second of a three-game Premier League suspension after his sending off at Fulham.
Chelsea's Last 5 Matches
01/01/2023Nottingham Forest1Chelsea1Premier League
05/01/2023Chelsea0Manchester City1Premier League
08/01/2023Manchester City4Chelsea0FA Cup
15/01/2023Chelsea1Crystal Palace0Premier League
Liverpool vs. Chelsea: Odds and Predictions
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