Liverpool vs Chelsea Preview

Liverpool vs Chelsea

Competition – Carabao Cup

Stadium – Anfield

Date: 26th September 2018

Kick-off time – 19:45 GMT

Liverpool will look to continue their stunning start to the season by making progress in the Carabao Cup as they are expected to end this season as winners of at least one trophy, while Chelsea would be eager to show that their goalless draw against West Ham was just a blip.

From the start of the summer when Liverpool broke the goalkeepers transfer record to sign Alisson, and brought in Fabinho less than two days after their Champions League final defeat, the Reds made themselves frontrunners for the league title.

Despite that, no one could imagine that Jurgen Klopp’s men could win their first seven competitive games on the bounce and concede just two goals in 6 league games.

The German seems to have finally got his squad and there may not be any room for excuses when this season comes to an end should they finish with no trophies.

Liverpool were beaten by Leicester City in their first Carabao Cup match last season, but they have since made Anfield a fortress and they would expect to eliminate Chelsea in this game.

Chelsea have started the season brightly as their players took to get to grips with Maurizio Sarri’s tactics.

However, on Sunday West Ham showed the rest of the division that the Blues can be stopped and Liverpool may take some lessons from that game.

The Blues had won their first 6 games of the season prior to their visit to the London Stadium, but they left with a point thanks only to a shocking miss by Yarmolenko.

Sarri has said he would rest some of the club’s star men as he looks ahead to Liverpool’s visit to Stamford Bridge on Saturday, so the Blues might have another day of failing to find the back of the net.

Chelsea have scored just 1 goal in their last two competitive games now.

The last time these teams met in this competition was in the semifinal of the 2014/15 season with the Blues winning 2-1 on aggregate.

Bookmakers make Liverpool slight odds-on favourites to come out on top however odds are close and Chelsea will undoubtedly have their supporters.

Goal markets suggest this will be a lively cup tie with over 2.5 goals trading odds-on.

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

Liverpool

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Liverpool 3-2 Paris Saint-Germain 18 Sep, 2018 UEFA Champions League
W Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Liverpool 15 Sep, 2018 English Premier League
W Leicester City 1-2 Liverpool 1 Sep, 2018 English Premier League
W Liverpool 1-0 Brighton & Hove Albion 25 Aug, 2018 English Premier League
W Crystal Palace 0-2 Liverpool 20 Aug, 2018 English Premier League

Chelsea

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W PAOK Salonika 0-1 Chelsea 20 Sep, 2018 UEFA Europa League
W Chelsea 4-1 Cardiff City 15 Sep, 2018 English Premier League
W Chelsea 2-0 AFC Bournemouth 1 Sep, 2018 English Premier League
W Newcastle United 1-2 Chelsea 26 Aug, 2018 English Premier League
W Chelsea 3-2 Arsenal 18 Aug, 2018 English Premier League

H2H

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool 6 May, 2018 English Premier League
Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea 25 Nov, 2017 English Premier League
Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea 31 Jan, 2017 English Premier League
Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool 16 Sep, 2016 English Premier League
Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool 28 Jul, 2016 International Champions Cup

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