Chelsea will look to guarantee their qualification for next season’s Uefa Champions League when they travel to Anfield to face newly-crowned Premier League champions Liverpool on Wednesday night.
Frank Lampard & co. are just one step away from cement their place in the top-four this season, thus securing qualification for the next edition of the Uefa Champions League.
The Stamford Bridge outfit are currently third in the league table and have a slander one-point lead over Leicester City and Manchester United, meaning a win against Liverpool could be enough to seal a top-four finish.
However, Frank Lampard’s men will face a gigantic task of facing newly-crowned Premier League champions Liverpool at Anfield stadium in their penultimate Premier League game of the season on Wednesday.
The Blues will look to draw inspiration from their 3-1 FA Cup semi-finals victory over Manchester United last weekend but will be wary of their opponent’s strength at home.
Liverpool, on the other hand, have not really been up to the mark since resumption of the season. The Reds notably lost clubs like Manchester City and Arsenal and were held by Burnley. As a result, Jurgen Klopp & co. cannot reach the 100 point milestone, especially having lost 2-1 to Gunners in their last game.
Nevertheless, Jurgen Klopp’s men still have a reasonable chance of breaking Manchester City’s record of winning the league title by 19 point margin during the 2017/18 Premier League campaign.
Newly-crowned Premier League champions Liverpool are currently leading the table by 15 points with a game in hand, meaning they must win this game against Chelsea in order to keep their chances alive prior to the final game week.
And here, at Sportarena, we will take a look both the teams ahead of this crucial top of the table Premier League fixture at Anfield this midweek.
Tactics & Team News
Jordan Henderson and Joel Matip will missed selection for tonight clash between Liverpool and Chelsea but James Milner should return to full fitness after failed to feature in their 2-1 defeat to Arsenal.
Aside from Virgil van Dijk and Alisson’s hideous errors against Arsenal, Liverpool didn’t exactly have any complaints regarding their defensive performance. Hence, Klopp should retain the back-four consisting of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, van Dijk and Andrew Robertson against Chelsea tonight.
In midfield options, we can expect Naby Keita to be a guaranteed starter, having made an instant impact against Arsenal at Emirates stadium last week.
He could come into the side, at the expense of the ineffective Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain while Georginio Wijnaldum and Fabinho are pretty much-guaranteed starters.
In attacking options, we expect Roberto Firmino to be a guaranteed starter alongside ever-present figures of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
Probable Lineup (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, van Dijk, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Keita; Salah, Firmino, Mane
Ahead of trip to Anfield stadium tonight, Frank Lampard & co. will missing out on the services of both N’Golo Kante and Billy Gilmour due to injuries.
The Blues boss is set to face a tough decision of whether to revert to a 4-3-3 or not against Liverpool. We expect the English to persist with the 3-4-3 formation he used in the win over Manchester United in the last game as it offers him better balance in defence.
That means Cesar Azpilicueta could once again be deployed in the additional centre-back slot, alongside Kurt Zouma and Antonio Rudiger. The experience of these three individuals could be key in restraining the Liverpool trio of Salah, Firmino and Mane.
In midfield options, Jorginho should once again start as the holding midfielder, alongside the much more offensive-natured Mateo Kovacic, who impressed in the win over Manchester United.
Reece James and Marcos Alonso are pretty much guaranteed starts in the wing-back roles, with these two individuals likely to provide the width going forward.
And finally, in the attack, there is a chance that Christian Pulisic may return to the side after being rested in the win over Manchester United.
He should replace Mason Mount at left-wing, with Willian starting on the opposite flank and Olivier Giroud spearheading the Chelsea attack, ahead of Tammy Abraham.
Probable Lineup (3-4-3): Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Zouma; James, Kovacic, Jorginho, Alonso; Willian, Giroud, Pulisic
- Liverpool can become the third Premier League club, after Arsenal and Blackburn, to do the Premier League double over Chelsea on four occasions.
- A Liverpool victory would equal the best Premier League home record for a season of 18 wins and a draw. It was previously set by Chelsea (2005-06), Manchester United (2010-11) and Manchester City (2011-12).
- Roberto Firmino has gone 19 league appearances without a goal at Anfield since scoring in a 2-1 win against Tottenham on 31 March 2019. The Brazilian has since had 53 unsuccessful attempts on goal.
- Chelsea have kept only one clean sheet in 18 Premier League away matches this season, their worst return in the top flight since 1991.
- The Blues have conceded 49 goals in the Premier League, the most of any team in the top half of the table.
Liverpool (Mohamed Salah)
Even, since the restart as well, he has scored 3 and assisted 3 in six games and his recent form will be a big threatening for Chelsea back-line.
Chelsea (Christian Pulisic)
Pulisic, on the other hand, has become one of best Chelsea attacker since resumption of the campaign. The USA skipper has scored eight goals and provided three assists for Chelsea in a total of 23 appearances, which means that he is averaging a goal contribution every other appearance.
Since the restart he has scored three goal, won several foul included penalty and registered one assist that given Chelsea win over already-relegated Norwich City.
And his recent remarkable form can helping Frank Lampard & co. to steal all three points against Liverpool on Wednesday night.