Moments away from lifting their first Premier League trophy Liverpool host Champions League aspirer Chelsea at Anfield. We preview this clash that could see Chelsea distance themselves enough from 4th Leicester and 5th Man Utd to secure a spot in Champions League next season.
Who is playing?
Liverpool vs Chelsea
What competition is it?
Premier League Matchweek 37
What time is Liverpool vs Chelsea?
20:15 GMT, Wednesday 22nd July 2020
Where do Liverpool play?
Where can I watch Liverpool vs Chelsea?
Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Premier League
Thoughts on Liverpool vs Chelsea?
There’s no pressure on the hosts, besides breaking or equaling records held by other Premier League teams. However, the situation presents itself a lot different for the guests. Chelsea sitting in 3rd with 63 points is one of the strongest candidates besides obvious Liverpool and Man City to be playing in Champions League next season. Although nothing is still obvious yet with Leicester and Man Utd breathing down their neck. Liverpool, on the other hand, have collected 93 points and unfortunately are out of reach to even match Man City’s 100-point total in a single Premier League season.
The era of Liverpool’s predominance has started in 2018/19 campaign when they have won the most prestigious European title – Champions League Cup. Fans, however, needed to wait one more season to see fruits of their labour to translate into a long-awaited first Premier League title. Although, it’s getting more and more questionable whether the champions have what it takes to keep on delivering top-class performances or not.
The splendid news for Chelsea fans is that their beloved club will perform in European Cups for the fourth consecutive season. The question now is in which of the following two competitions we will watch their journey next season – Champions League or Europa League? The Blues will face Liverpool and Wolverhampton in the remaining two matches until the end of the season and it’s fair to say their plans may be interrupted by 4th Leicester and 5th Man Utd. There is nothing certain yet.
Liverpool to make history?
Jurgen Klopp should be more than happy of the job his boys have done in the past few months making Liverpool fans’ dream come true. However, their run hasn’t been that colourful since them being officially announced Premier League winners. The team strikes as If rested on the laurels since they have registered only seven points in the last five matches since being announced champions. The question now is whether Lampard’s Chelsea will take advantage of their lack of form we have all been accustomed to or not.
Despite the highest in the history of Premier League 100-point total held by Man City being out of reach to beat or even, the team still makes their mark. They can match the record of 18 home game wins in a single season held by Chelsea, Man Utd and Man City If they seal a three-pointer against The Blues on 22nd. They can also even the record of 32 victories claimed by Man City If they beat Chelsea and Newcastle in the remaining fixtures. Lastly, they can become the first-ever team in the Premier League history with the highest point margin of over 19 points achieved by Man City in 17/18 season.
The Reds have been unbeaten at Anfield this season, however, it can all change after the big clash against Chelsea. The team can be proud of one of the cleanest home records in the Premier League history (17-1-0). Their rock-solid defence has been one of the primary features responsible for their success – 42% total of clean sheets and 29 conceded goals in 36 league games played so far is a stunning statistic. What strikes us the most is the difference in goals scored at home and away. The team averages 2nd best 2.61 home GPG compared to not too shabby, but tremendously lower 1.67 GPG when playing as guests.
Three points would guarantee top four for Chelsea
Lampard has done wonders with the team since Premier League resumption. Five wins in seven league matches and qualification to FA Cup final at Wembley is an impressive achievement for the Englishman’s first season as a Chelsea manager. It’s been a pleasant run for The Blues and with only two games remaining until the end of the season, they will need to seal a three-pointer in order to safely secure a spot in Champions League.
The team is still yet to play an FA Cup final and a rematch in 1/8 Champions League finals against Bayern Munich in August after the league is over.
The team is on a good run lately. Since their first match after a 3-month break played on 21st June against Aston Villa they’ve registered 2.14 PPG, much higher than their average 1.75 PPG. However, only seven points came out of the last five away games including a horrific 3-0 defeat against Sheffield Utd and 3-2 loss against West Ham despite massively dominating in both of these matches. Moreover, Chelsea kept a clean sheet in only 6% of away games, therefore it would be a surprise If they change things around against 2nd most scoring team in the league. We should, however, expect them to score with their impressive 2.10 xG for and an average of 2.00 GPG away.
Liverpool recent games:
- Arsenal (a) 2-1 defeat
- Burnley (h) 1-1 draw
- Brighton (a) 1-3 win
- Aston Villa (h) 2-0 win
- Man City (a) 4-0 defeat
Chelsea recent games:
- Norwich City (h) 1-0 win
- Sheffield United (a) 3-0 defeat
- Crystal Palace (a) 2-3 win
- Watford (h) 3-0 win
- West Ham (a) 3-2 defeat
Liverpool Top Contributors:
- Mohamed Salah (Forward): 28 Premier League goal involvements (19 goals + 9 assists) – The Egyptian will unlikely win Premier League golden boot for the third consecutive year with a 4 goal difference from a current leader, Jamie Vardy. Since the league resumption, he contributed to 6 goals.
- Sadio Mane (Forward) – 24 Premier League goal involvements (17 goals + 7 assists) – The Senegalese have scored the only goal for Liverpool against Arsenal last time out and by that beat his personal record with 24 goal contributions in a single Premier League season.
Chelsea Top Contributors:
- Tammy Abraham (Forward): 17 Premier League goal involvements (14 goals + 3 assists) – Chelsea’s No. 9 has been underperforming massively since Premier League return. He scored only 1 goal since mid-June and is currently being overshadowed by Olivier Giroud’s better disposition.
- Willian (Forward): 16 Premier League goal involvements (9 goals + 7 assists) – The Brazilian has wowed the fans massively in the last games. Besides 7 goal contributions in all competitions since mid-June, he has been performing outrageously effective for the Blues. He is one reason the team still sits in the 3rd place.
|3rd March 2020||CHE 2-0 LIV||FA Cup|
|22nd September 2019||CHE 1-2 LIV||Premier League|
|14th August 2019||LIV 2-2 CHE||UEFA Super Cup|
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|29th September 2018||CHE 1-1 LIV||Premier League|
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