Nearing the halfway point of the season, the ninth- and tenth-placed Liverpool and Chelsea, respectively, only have 28 points to show for their top-flight performances, though the home team does have a game in hand over their rivals from the capital.
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Liverpool vs Chelsea Prediction
In the FA Cup, Liverpool’s defense had to withstand repeated pressure from Wolves, but they held out well, showing a noticeable improvement in their levels of resiliency, which will serve them well against a Chelsea team that is still having trouble winning away games.
We have faith in Liverpool to continue their fantastic goal-scoring streak at home and send Chelsea back to London with zero points to their name with the roar of the Anfield faithful behind them and the anticipated return of the annoyance that is Nunez.
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When Liverpool traveled to Wolverhampton Wanderers for their FA Cup third-round replay on Tuesday, Jurgen Klopp got the outcome he wanted after being forced to watch the “worst” game of his Liverpool career in a 3-0 humiliation at Brighton & Hove Albion.
With a 1-0 victory and a rematch against Brighton at the Amex Stadium, Harvey Elliott’s incredible goal secured Liverpool’s place in the fourth round. The Merseyside giants finally won for the first time in 2023 at the fourth attempt.
Liverpool’s defeat at the Amex marked the first time since 1993 that the Reds had lost their first two league games of the year. A season without European competition beckons unless the Reds have a remarkable turnaround in the coming months; they are currently two points behind Brighton in seventh place and 10 points outside of the Champions League spots.
It was refreshing to see a clean sheet for the first time in seven games at Molineux. Liverpool also has a dominating home record in the Premier League, having lost just one of their previous 32 games at Anfield. They have also scored 23 goals at home this season, second only to Manchester City in the league.
The last time Klopp’s team failed to score in a home Premier League game was a 1-0 loss to Fulham in March 2021. This weekend, the German will oversee his 1,000th game as a manager, and he undoubtedly hopes to celebrate in style with a priceless three points.
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Speaking of prestigious teams winning their opening match of the year, Graham Potter’s When Crystal Palace came to town, Chelsea had to rely on both Thiago Silva and Kepa Arrizabalaga to keep them in the game. Nevertheless, the West London powerhouses narrowly won 1-0.
At Stamford Bridge, Mykhaylo Mudryk, Chelsea’s fifth acquisition of a busy winter transfer window, unveiled after the Blues edged out Arsenal to sign the highly-rated Ukrainian attacker, Kai Havertz’s header separated the two capital rivals with 64 minutes played.
Chelsea is barely hanging onto their top-half spot in 10th place after avoiding a fourth Premier League game without a victory. They are behind Liverpool on goal difference and have an identical distance to make up to the top seven and Champions League spots.
Even though Potter has only won two of his last 10 Premier League matches as manager and the Blues have started a dismal five-game winless streak away from home in the top division since defeating Aston Villa in October, the Chelsea board has continued to support him.
Liverpool and Chelsea drew their two Premier League encounters last season before the Reds defeated the Blues on penalties in the FA Cup and EFL Cup finals, but Klopp’s team cannot rely on their 12-yard prowess to further the Blues’ misery here.
Liverpool vs Chelsea Team News
Not yet available for Liverpool are Arthur, Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino, or Virgil van Dijk, but Klopp anticipates Darwin Nunez to recover from an undisclosed issue in time to face the Blues.
Cody Gakpo should return to his wide position with Nunez’s return, with Fabio Carvalho moving to the bench. Kostas Tsimikas, who was injured at Molineux but was always anticipated to give way to Andrew Robertson, suffered a back injury.
In addition, Alisson Becker, Joel Matip, Mohamed Salah, and Fabinho will all be back. Despite Stefan Bajcetic’s impressive performance in the FA Cup, Fabinho is anticipated to replace the 18-year-old.
Kai Havertz was not spotted in training on Wednesday for unknown reasons, so Mudryk, a newcomer to Chelsea, will be in the running to make his Blues debut there at Cobham.
A full-capacity Chelsea treatment room still includes Raheem Sterling, an ex-Liverpool player, along with Wesley Fofana, Ben Chilwell, Christian Pulisic, Edouard Mendy, N’Golo Kante, Reece James, Armando Broja, and Denis Zakaria. However, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is a more natural replacement for Havertz.
Joao Felix, an Atletico Madrid loanee who was sent off against Fulham, will serve the second of a three-game Premier League suspension, but Benoit Badiashile and Lewis Hall can both be confident that they will keep their positions in the backline.
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