2018-19 Premier League: Week 34 – Liverpool vs Chelsea

Liverpool completes this weekend’s Super Sunday as they meet Chelsea at Anfield in a Premier League blockbuster. 

Should Manchester City fail to win at Crystal Palace, this could be a huge chance for Liverpool to move up to five points clear in the title race.

As for Chelsea, they are fighting for a top four spot and only a win will see them move back into third. 

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Adam Lallana is Liverpool’s only injury concern as he faces a late fitness test on a muscle injury. 

Jurgen Klopp meanwhile could have Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain available in midweek if he continues to make a recovery from a recent thigh injury. 

Joe Gomez however won’t be rushed back into the first team as he continues to reintegrate into the squad, following a few months out with a leg injury. 

Chelsea have no fresh injury concerns as Marco van Ginkel (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) and Ethan Ampadu (back) remain their only absentees. 

 

Form

Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 15 games across all competitions, taking ten wins and five draws along with 11 consecutive home league wins stretching back to late October. 

Chelsea are on a four match winning streak across all competitions but have taken just two wins from their last six away league games. 

 

Stat Attack

  • Four of last six league meetings have finished 1-1 with both teams taking one win at Stamford Bridge during that run. 
  • At Anfield, Liverpool are winless in their last eight against Chelsea, with four of the five draws in that time finishing 1-1 (D5, L3).
  • Alisson hasn’t kept a clean sheet in any of Liverpool’s last four matches but still has kept the most clean sheets this season, drawing 17 shutouts. 
  • Chelsea’s David Luiz has played 39 through balls this season, counting for 60% of his 65 overall through balls played in the Premier League. 
  • Chelsea have made 2092 more passes than Liverpool this season. 
  • Eden Hazard of Chelsea has averaged at 154 minutes per goal this season compared to Liverpool’s Sadio Mane, who averages every 155 minutes per goal. 
  • Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga has made an average of 2.13 saves per match compared to Alisson’s 1.94 for Liverpool. 

 

Prediction

Liverpool will be fired up for this because should Man City fail to win the early game, they have a huge chance to take control of the title race and put the title in their own hands. 

Chelsea however need every point possible here because three of their last four league games are against current members of the top ten, which will be tough to get three wins from.

I am therefore expecting a tight yet cagey game but Anfield is a league fortress for Liverpool, and I don’t see that changing given Chelsea’s inconsistent away form. 

Prediction: Liverpool 2-1 Chelsea

Jake predicts: Liverpool 2-2 Chelsea

Result: Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea

 

 

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