16/17 Premier League Preview – Matchweek 5: Chelsea (A)

16/17 Premier League Preview – Matchweek 5: Chelsea (A)
September 15, 2016 Gary Fulcher
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Part One by Gary Fulcher.

Liverpool are back on the road for Matchweek five with a trip to Stamford Bridge to face Antonio Conte’s Chelsea on Friday evening: 8pm kick off UK time. Second placed Chelsea are one of four teams still unbeaten in the league, with the other three being leaders Manchester City, third placed Everton and fourth placed Tottenham.

Liverpool won the corresponding fixture last season 3-1 but it’s our only win from the previous eight meetings home and away against the Blues. Conte’s side have a 100% record at home so far following wins over West Ham (2-1) and Burnley (3-0) in the league and a 3-2 win over Bristol Rovers in their League Cup 2nd round tie.

Liverpool’s league record against Chelsea:

All Home Away
Games played: 147 Games played: 74 Games played: 73
Won: 66 Won: 47 Won: 19
Drawn: 32 Drawn: 16 Drawn: 16
Lost: 49 Lost: 11 Lost: 38
Goals scored: 226 Goals scored: 151 Goals scored: 75
Goals against: 201 Goals against: 77 Goals against: 124

Match Officials

SQUADS

The words "Liverpool Football Club" are in the centre of a pennant, with flames either side. The words "You'll Never Walk Alone" adorn the top of the emblem in a green design, "EST 1892" is at the bottom

No. Position Player
1 Germany GK Loris Karius
2 England DF Nathaniel Clyne
3 France DF Mamadou Sakho
5 Netherlands MF Georginio Wijnaldum
6 Croatia DF Dejan Lovren
7 England MF James Milner (vice-captain)
10 Brazil MF Philippe Coutinho
11 Brazil FW Roberto Firmino
12 England DF Joe Gomez
13 Austria GK Alex Manninger
14 England MF Jordan Henderson (captain)
15 England FW Daniel Sturridge
16 Serbia MF Marko Grujić
17 Estonia DF Ragnar Klavan
18 Spain DF Alberto Moreno
No. Position Player
19 Senegal FW Sadio Mané
20 England MF Adam Lallana
21 Brazil MF Lucas Leiva (3rd captain)
22 Belgium GK Simon Mignolet
23 Germany MF Emre Can
25 England MF Cameron Brannagan
26 Portugal DF Tiago Ilori
27 Belgium FW Divock Origi
28 England FW Danny Ings
32 Cameroon DF Joël Matip
35 England MF Kevin Stewart
54 England MF Sheyi Ojo
56 England DF Connor Randall
68 Spain MF Pedro Chirivella

Liverpool players doubtful or unavailable:

D Lovren Eye Injury September 16, 2016
E Can Ankle Injury September 16, 2016
S Ojo Back Injury September 24, 2016
J Gomez Calf/Shin Injury No Return Date

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No. Position Player
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina GK Asmir Begović
2 Serbia DF Branislav Ivanović (vice-captain)
3 Spain DF Marcos Alonso
4 Spain MF Cesc Fàbregas
5 France DF Kurt Zouma
7 France MF N’Golo Kanté
8 Brazil MF Oscar
10 Belgium MF Eden Hazard
11 Spain MF Pedro
12 Nigeria MF John Obi Mikel
13 Belgium GK Thibaut Courtois
14 England MF Ruben Loftus-Cheek
15 Nigeria MF Victor Moses
No. Position Player
19 Spain FW Diego Costa
21 Serbia MF Nemanja Matić
22 Brazil MF Willian
23 Belgium FW Michy Batshuayi
24 England DF Gary Cahill
26 England DF John Terry (captain)
28 Spain DF César Azpilicueta
29 England MF Nathaniel Chalobah
30 Brazil DF David Luiz
34 England DF Ola Aina
37 Portugal GK Eduardo
41 England FW Dominic Solanke

Chelsea players doubtful or unavailable:

J Terry Ankle Injury No Return Date
M van Ginkel Knee Injury No Return Date
K Zouma ACL Knee Injury October 23, 2016

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Blast from the Past

Premier League – 26 October 2008

Chelsea 0 – 1 Liverpool

For more than four and a half years no Premier League side was able to take maximum points against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, with Barcelona the only side in all competitions who were able to record a victory at the Bridge between February 22 2004 and October 25 2008. It started under Claudio Ranieri during the tail end of the 2003/04 campaign going the final nine home games of that season unbeaten following Arsenal’s 2-1 win on February 21 2004. Jose Mourinho then turned Stamford Bridge into a true fortress never losing a home game in the league during the three and a bit seasons he was in charge, with that defeat against Barca the only blot on their home record in any competition.

The record was extended by Mourinho’s replacement Avram Grant who remained undefeated at Stamford Bridge in all competitions en-route to finishing 2nd and reaching both the league Cup and Champions League final in 2007/08, losing both.

Which then brings us to Grant’s replacement; Luiz Felipe Scolari for the 2008/09 season. Chelsea and Liverpool went into that fixture in 1st and 2nd respectively with both sides recording six wins and two draws from the opening eight league games, although Chelsea had a far superior goal difference of +16 to Liverpool’s +7. Scolari’s side had previously dropped points at home against Spurs and Man Utd with both games ending 1-1, Coutinho at Chelseawhile Liverpool had recorded victories at Sunderland (1-0), Everton (2-0) and Man City (3-2) with a 0-0 draw at Aston Villa.

Liverpool had failed to score in their four previous league visits to Stamford Bridge (losing three and drawing one) and had won just one of their previous eight league games home and away against the Blues (five defeats, two draws). In fact, our record at Chelsea has been consistently poor since 1990/91 with the Reds claiming maximum points on just one previous occasion from 18 previous trips to Stamford Bridge in the league prior to this meeting; a 1-0 win on January 7 2004 courtesy of Bruno Cheyrou.

Ten minutes into the match and Xabi Alonso had struck to put Liverpool 1-0 up, with Alonso hitting the post from a free kick in the second half, Liverpool more than deserved the three points and in the process ensuring Chelsea’s unbeaten home record didn’t extend to an 87th game.

Part Two by Daniel Rhodes.

Radars:

The radars below are team-based, include stats from home and away only and are created using defensive metrics such as ‘big chances conceded’ and ‘on ball defensive errors’. Chelsea, at home, in 2013-14 and 2014/15 were one of the best defensive units of the past five years. You won’t see many better defensive radars than those two. Last season they were fairly average.

On the Reds, they seem to have a solid shot prevention structure throughout; especially when you remember their numbers are from away games only. However, we gift goals through defensive errors on the ball more than any other side in the league. Incidentally, the best ‘away defensive’ radar we have is from Dalglish’s last season in 2011/12. Very few errors or big chances conceded, and a very good structure for preventing shots (although it wasn’t at the back where we had issues). With all that in mind, last season (defensive errors aside) we had one of the best defensive structures in the league away from home.

Chelsea | Defenisve Radars

Liverpool | Away Only | 2012-16 Radar

Chelsea – Goals Scored

Chelsea – Goals Conceded

Read about Chelsea v Liverpool: a modern rivalry on BBC Sport here.

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