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

16/17 Premier League Preview – Matchweek 5: Chelsea (A)
September 15, 2016 Gary Fulcher
In Match Discussion, Subscribers Only

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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