Liverpool vs Chelsea: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-ups & Predicted Score

By on May 8, 2012

Anfield Kop

FA Cup finalists Liverpool and Chelsea face off against each other for the second time in four days tonight, as the Blues come to Anfield hoping to keep their hopes of a top four finish alive.

Chelsea came out on top at Wembley on Saturday evening after goals from Ramires and Drogba put Roberto Di Mattoe’s side in control, before sub Andy Carroll came off the bench to pull one back and go within inches of claiming a late equaliser when he saw his header clawed off the line by Petr Cech.

Liverpool currently sit ninth in the table and the best they can hope for is a seventh-placed finish, so despite their Carling Cup success, the season will be looked upon as a disappointing one by the majority of Reds fans.

Chelsea on the other hand still have plenty to play for, with not only a Champions League final left to play, they are also still chasing a top four finish after Arsenal, Tottenham and Newcastle left the door open after all dropping points at the weekend.

Team news

Andy Carroll is almost certain to start after his impressive display on Saturday with Craig Bellamy likely to make way. Kenny Dalglish may also opt to give Dirk Kuyt a start on what is likely to be his final game at Anfield.

Jay Spearing may be dropped after his disappointing performance at Wembley while Maxi is pushing for a recall.

RDM must decide how best to rotate his squad with the final in Munich likely to be at the forefront of his thoughts, despite the need for a win to maintain their top four hopes.

However, the Italian has been dealt a blow with the news that Meireles and John Obi Mikel have both been ruled out through injury, and they join Gary Cahill and David Luiz on the sidelines.

Fernando Torres is expected to face his former club with Dider Drogba dropping to the bench, and Frank Lampard and Juan Mata are likely to be rested.

***UPDATE*** Petr Cech and Dider Drogba have not travelled with the Chelsea squad after Di Matteo elected to rest the pair.

Likely line-ups

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Predicted Score

Liverpool will no doubt want revenge for Saturday’s FA Cup loss and also want to end the season on a high after a disappointing league campaign. However, Chelsea will be stubborn opposition and are more than capable of getting something from the game. Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea

What are your thoughts on the game? Get involved in the comments section.

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15 Comments

  1. Kerian

    May 8, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    I would like to see the ff line-up:
    Doni

    Johnson Carragher Skrtel Agger

    Kuyt Gerrard Henderson Maxi

    Carrol Suarez

    • red

      May 8, 2012 at 4:53 pm

      Kerian………..Henderson?, Carragher?, are you for real?.

  2. pablo

    May 8, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Agree with the author’s line up with the exception of Durk. I’d bring him on as a sub if its to be his last home game but I think now is a good opportunity to see if Raheem Sterling is ready to step up for the right wing berth. If he’s not going to be ready for a season or two, then its time to spend on this problem position for us. A third striker and a decent holding midfielder to back up Lucas when required (Keita?) are the next two priorities.

  3. Bomber25

    May 8, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    I would go for Doni; Johnson Skrtel Agger Enrique; Kuyt, Gerrard, Carragher, Maxi; Carroll, Suarez.

    Subs: Reina, Henderson, Coates, Shelvey, Sterling, Bellamy.

    Kenny Dalglish once said that one day one team is going to be on the receiving end of a battering from Liverpool. Let’s hope all the balls we have been hitting on keepers, goal posts and cross bars fly into the net for us tonight. YNWA.

  4. jacksonn

    May 8, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Torres to score a double and chelsea to win 4-0…liverpool have some serious rebuilding to do.its so sad

  5. okwybest

    May 8, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    CHELSEA win’s to night. & no one can stop us now believe it or not. ‘YES WE CAN ‘ UP UP CHELSEA !!!

  6. kentexcy

    May 8, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    THE MATCH WILL END UP LIKE THIS CHELSEA 2 LIVERPOOL 1 FOR SECOND TIME IN FOUR DAYS…..LOL. UP CHELSEA BLUES 4EVER!!!

  7. rolando

    May 8, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Reina (last game at anfield)

    Kelly Coates Agger Enrique

    Suso Gerrard Coady Sterling

    Carroll Suarez

  8. Kelly

    May 8, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    I can see to this match tonight that chelsea to make red cry for the second time after FA cup defit. The scores line wil be by 3-1 Torres to se through

  9. Afolayan

    May 8, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    I will like these formation if possble.(keeper)turnbull (defender) ferreira,ivanovic,terry,cole (mid)ramires,esien,mata (for)kalou,torres,malouda

  10. Rob

    May 8, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Chelsea will for obvious reasons rest their better players so in effect Liverpool should beat their B team on their home ground as well

    • Statsman

      May 8, 2012 at 4:06 pm

      Liverpool won 4/5 times at home this year. They’re better off away!

  11. kenny

    May 8, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Hillairo ferreira ivanovic terry betrand romeu essien ramiress kalou sturidge torres.(sub-turnbull bosingwa,malouda,mata,lampard piazon,lukaku)

  12. hadey sookanmy

    May 8, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    i will like mata to be involve for the starting line….

  13. innocent

    May 8, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    say blue..say chelsea…welcome again my good coach..i good luck for all player you are going to usef this nite…chelsea for life

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