Tuesday 31 Jan

Liverpool vs Chelsea Match Preview

30 Jan 2017 Stuart S. ENGLAND: Premier League
ENGLAND: Premier League

Liverpool FC

  • D
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • L

vs

Kick-off
20:00 GMT
31 January 2017

Chelsea FC

  • L
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W

Kick-off
20:00 GMT 31 January 2017

The Liverpool vs Chelsea match will be played on Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 at Anfield in Liverpool. This is matchday 23 of the 2016/17 Premier League season. Liverpool are 5th with 45 points while Chelsea are 1st with 55 points.

STATS

  • Chelsea have kept 13 clean sheets, the best in the Premier League.
  • +2.5 goals have been scored in 7 of Liverpool’s 10 home Premier League games.
  • Chelsea has scored +2 goals in 5 of their last 6 away games.
  • In the 49 previous Premier League meetings between the two sides, Chelsea has 100 yellow cards, average per game is 2.04. This season, they have 45 yellow cards at an average per game of 2.04.
  • Chelsea have won 15 of their last 16 games.

HEAD TO HEAD

The two sides met at Stamford Bridge in September 2016 when Liverpool won 2–1.

Liverpool hasn’t beaten Chelsea at Anfield since May 2012 (D3, L2). Overall, the two sides have met 49 times in the Premier League. Both sides have won 13 home, and 6 away, games with 11 draws.

Head to head matches: Liverpool FC - Chelsea FC

16.09.2016 Prem Chelsea FC Liverpool FC 1:2

LIVERPOOL NEWS

Liverpool will welcome back Adam Lallana following injury and are hopeful that Sadio Mane will be fit, having returned from the Africa Cup of Nations following Senegal’s quarter-final defeat to Cameroon.

For the first time in 19 years, Liverpool lost 3 consecutive home games inside one week. After exiting both cups in three days, the Reds season stands on the cusp of disaster with their place in the top four under threat.

Manchester City and Manchester United should both take 6 points in their next 2 games which will put City in the top 4 and leave United just a point behind their bitter rivals.

Liverpool’s defence is a concern. The full backs against Southampton and Wolves were both caught high up the pitch, with no defensive cover in place, leaving Liverpool open to counter-attacks.

If they are to beat Chelsea, Klopp must instil defensive responsibility in his players as Chelsea possess an array of attacking talent which will exploit this weakness.

Latest matches: Liverpool FC

28.01.2017 FA C Liverpool FC Wolverhampton Wanderers 1:2 L
25.01.2017 EFL Liverpool FC Southampton FC 0:1 L
21.01.2017 Prem Liverpool FC Swansea City 2:3 L
18.01.2017 FA C Plymouth Argyle Liverpool FC 0:1 W
15.01.2017 Prem Manchester United Liverpool FC 1:1 D

CHELSEA NEWS

After the weekend’s mauling of Brentford, Antonio Conte has no injury worries to report so Liverpool know it will be a full strength Chelsea side they face on Tuesday.

The Italian transformed the Blues at half-time when his side was losing 0-3 to Arsenal. In the 19 and a half games since those enforced changes, they have conceded 9 goals and scored 46. Little wonder that they have opened a gap of 8 points to their nearest rivals.

After last season’s 10th place finish, Conte is surely well on the way to winning the Manager of the Year trophy for the vast improvement in style of play from his predecessors and also for harnessing Diego Costa’s aggression in a positive manner.

Taking a minimum of 20 appearances as a base, Costa has scored more frequently than any other striker in Premier League history (41 goals in 74 apps / 54%) which is a phenomenal turnaround in fortunes.

Fifteen of those goals have come this season, and he is currently joint top scorer in the Premier League with Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez.

It’s a big week for Chelsea. Liverpool at Anfield is followed by Arsenal at Stamford Bridge; 2 wins and they have all but wrapped up the title. Two draws or defeats and the champagne stays on ice for some time yet.

Latest matches: Chelsea FC

28.01.2017 FA C Chelsea FC Brentford FC 4:0 W
22.01.2017 Prem Chelsea FC Hull City 2:0 W
14.01.2017 Prem Leicester City Chelsea FC 0:3 W
08.01.2017 FA C Chelsea FC Peterborough United 4:1 W
04.01.2017 Prem Tottenham Hotspur Chelsea FC 2:0 L

SUMMING UP!

Liverpool paid the price for rotating their side on Saturday and found out in the most humiliating fashion, that their squad is not as deep as their rivals. Jürgen Klopp has very few players to bridge the gap between the academy and first team.

The question is what damage has the run of defeats had? Only once could you argue that he put out his strongest available side so he may be able to ignore the defeats but even before that, the Reds had won just 1 in 5. They are in crisis and facing Chelsea is not ideal.

Antonio Conte will prepare his team and expect a professional performance. If Chelsea play anywhere near their ruthless best, Liverpool fans should fear for the worst.

But it’s a big game; the Liverpool players will be focused and ready to deliver the win that their fans, as well as the chasing Premier League pack, need.

About the author - Stuart S.

An English freelance sports writer, Stuart has written the Arsenal blog A Cultured Left Foot since 2006, as well as numerous betting previews and articles.

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