Chelsea vs Liverpool Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Ups, Key Man & Predicted Score

By on December 28, 2013

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Two of this seasons title challengers go head-to-head this weekend as Chelsea entertain Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.

Just a single point separates the two sides with the Blues sitting third while Liverpool are hot on their heels in fourth, and both clubs will be looking to end the year on a high.

Chelsea haven’t been firing on all cylinders recently but are still grinding out results with a 1-0 win over Swansea on Boxing Day coming after a drab 0-0 draw with Arsenal.

Liverpool on the other hand saw their impressive recent run ended with a 2-1 defeat to Manchester City on Thursday but the Merseysiders performance at the Etihad gave Brendan Rodgers plenty to be positive about as they pushed the league leaders all the way and were unlucky not to come away with something from the game.

Team News

Chelsea will be without key midfielder Ramires after the Brazilian picked up his fifth booking of the season and will now serve a one-match ban. Frank Lampard is expected to come in having been named among the subs against Swansea.

Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta are likely to be recalled with David Luiz and Ashley Cole dropping out, while Andre Schurrle and Willian are pushing for recalls in attack. Fernando Torres is likely to replace Samuel Eto’o up front.

Liverpool have no fresh injury concerns but will continue to be without Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge as the pair step up their recovery from injuries.

Jon Flanagan is out with a hamstring strain and with Jose Enrique also injured, Brendan Rodgers has a decision to make at left-back. Aly Cissokho got the nod against Man City and could fill in once again but another option is to move Glen Johnson across to the left with Martin Kelly coming in at right-back.

Likely Line-ups

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Key Man

Luis Suarez: The Uruguayan was unable to get himself on the score-sheet against City but he will certainly be the man Chelsea will have to keep a close eye on this weekend if they want to keep Liverpool at bay.

Predicted Score

Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool: We expect Liverpool to give Chelsea a real test on Sunday and take a well-earned point back to Merseyside.

What would be your preferred team and what’s your score prediction? Share your views below.

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38 Comments

  1. Adeoti ahmed gbenga olodu-nine

    December 28, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    my predicted scores is chelsea 3vs1 liverpool

    • Jaye olusegun

      December 28, 2013 at 9:47 pm

      Chelsea will carry d day

  2. Adeoti ahmed gbenga olodu-nine

    December 28, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    my formation 4*5*1 is ivanovic,cahill,terry,azpilicueta,mikel,lampard,hazard,oscar,mata,torres sub.williams,eto,a.cole,essien,schrule

  3. Honesty

    December 28, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Ivan, luiz, terry, dave, mikel, lampard, hazard, oscar, schurrle and torres

  4. Murray Sackwild

    December 28, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Sakho the weak link as TORRES bags the winner

  5. atinsola ademola

    December 28, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    liverpool is goin 2 win d day

  6. atinsola ademola

    December 28, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    i pray 2 lord over liverpool @ 2maro match

  7. Onuorah Dens

    December 28, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Liverpool wil cari d day….chelsea 1 vs 3 liverpool

  8. tolulope

    December 28, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Chelsea will carry d day…b unto me God according to wot have said…

  9. Rojaz

    December 28, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Chealsea 1 v lvpl 3

  10. EL-PIETERSEN D GR8T

    December 28, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    ……………….ITs LIVer.pools. DAy wt sCorE Line Of 3-2 in fAvor of D RED…………..U will Never WAlk alone Ma People. …………………pEACE & vOTE 4pEACE

  11. sadiqchelsea

    December 28, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    With juan mata garcia, chelsea are for sure gonna win

  12. JAMENC

    December 28, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    Willian, Oscar and Hazard to start

  13. EDMOND TENBUET

    December 28, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    CHELSEA FC. 3 – 2 LIVERPOOL FC.

  14. frank

    December 28, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    I wsh dem d best of best chelsea 3 v liverpool 2

  15. Kayode Adewuyi

    December 29, 2013 at 12:12 am

    Chelsea is going to carry the day by 3-2

  16. philanthropist

    December 29, 2013 at 2:17 am

    Chelsea is going to win with Chelsea 2-1 liverpool. God pls do it for us

  17. Natty

    December 29, 2013 at 3:02 am

    Wit d lyk of willian, oscar n hazard in attack, chelsea wil lead by 2 – 0 wit a 1daful goal score by Torres

  18. lamech

    December 29, 2013 at 3:57 am

    my formation:
    ………………………………peter………………………………….
    cesar…….cahil………terry………..ivanovich………….
    …………………mikel………………….lamps………………….
    …………hzard……………..oscar………..mata…………….
    …………………………….torres……………………………………

    subs; swhazer,cole,andre,wilian,luiz
    we score one then we let in luiz in holding midfield,wilian
    chelsea is winning 1-0

  19. potato

    December 29, 2013 at 3:58 am

    chelsea struggle even to get an ugly win against swansea at home..while liverpool just unluck at etihad. Watchout Blues..we come to shink your bridge!!

  20. Majak Ngor kiir

    December 29, 2013 at 4:29 am

    Without Ramires chelsea will get rarely it,s gona to 2-1 in favour of home,side. Stamford bridge atmosphere will absolutely make it..

  21. O_gkunle24@yahoo.com

    December 29, 2013 at 4:50 am

    Its going to be a very tactical cautious game. I see either chelsea win 1-0 or 1-1 finalscore

  22. Aminu bolo

    December 29, 2013 at 5:33 am

    Liverpool will beat chelsea by god grace chelsea 1 – 3 liverpool.

  23. Antonio

    December 29, 2013 at 5:37 am

    . . .Cech.
    IVA. .LUIZ. .TERRY. .AZP
    . . .LAMP. .MIKE.
    WILLS OSCAR . HAZARD
    . . . TORRES

    DEN hazard wins wit 4-0

  24. Chris ighedosa

    December 29, 2013 at 5:54 am

    Chelsea 1 liverpool 4. ynwa

  25. mamadee Donzo

    December 29, 2013 at 6:20 am

    By the grace of God,chelsea is going to beat liverpool by 2goals to 1.

  26. Andy Dreamz

    December 29, 2013 at 6:36 am

    I dnt know hw Howard Webb wil handle d game,bt leaving it to b a fair game to b played b/w d two parties,d bluez will suerly feed on their sheet regardin d REDS’current form.Goal margin
    CHELSEA1:LIVERPOOL3

  27. Adekanbi sammy

    December 29, 2013 at 7:14 am

    D sky is gonna blue 2day. Blues 2- Reds 1

  28. sholamak

    December 29, 2013 at 7:17 am

    SurpriSingly,Torres wld steal the show against his former club. I support the line up except that I wld like to see Mata inclusion . Chelsea 3-1 LFC

  29. Angel

    December 29, 2013 at 7:17 am

    [[chelseafc]] 2 Vs 3 [[liverpoolfc]]

  30. Ezeworld2

    December 29, 2013 at 7:41 am

    2 – 1 chelsea win jari

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