Five wins from five games for Liverpool, and the perfect start to the defence of their Premier League crown.

Jurgen Klopp’s side travel to Stamford Bridge to play Chelsea in the standout fixture from this round of Premier League fixtures. 

N’Golo Kante may be absent for the hosts, with Mason Mount also a doubt after going off injured in their disappointing Champions League defeat to Valencia.

Liverpool will also be looking to rebound after tumbling to defeat against Napoli on Tuesday night.

Here is everything you need to know ahead of the big match.

Team News

Frank Lampard has been boosted the return of N’Golo Kante to training, but says “no risks will be taken” with regards to either his or Mason Mount’s involvement.

Despite Antonio Rudiger’s fitness issues, Lampard is expected to continue with a back three as he looks for his first win at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea boss.

Liverpool have Naby Keita still out, but Divock Origi could make a return to the squad after he went off injured against Newcastle.

Predicted Line-ups

Chelsea – Kepa; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Christensen, Tomori, Alonso; Jorginho, Kovacic; Willian, Abraham, Barkley

Liverpool – Adrian; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane

Our Prediction

Both sides have scored freely this season (save for their midweek exploits), and both sides have conceded more than they’d like, with Chelsea in particular looking defensively suspect. Expect a free-flowing game with plenty of chances for both teams.

The pressure will be on Frank Lampard despite the odds being against him – he will not want to begin the season without a home win in four games at Stamford Bridge. If N’Golo Kante is fit, he will play, but that is a big ‘if’. 

If Kante does not play, Roberto Firmino will have a big impact on the game with Chelsea playing without a natural bridge between their defence and midfield – exactly the space in which the Brazilian does his best work.

Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool

Odds

Chelsea 27/10

Draw 11/4

Liverpool EVS

When is it?

Kick off at Stamford Bridge is at 4.30pm on Sunday September 22. 

How can I watch it?

Sky Sports will be showing the game on their Main Event and Premier League channels, with coverage starting at 4pm.

The match can also be live streamed by Sky customers using the Sky Go app on mobile devices or PC.



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