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Match Preview: Chelsea vs Liverpool

Date & time: September 22nd 2019, 16:30 (BST)

Where: Stamford Bridge

Is it on: Sky Sports Premier League

Referee: Michael Oliver

A defeat to Napoli mid-week was not the best preparation for probably our first tricky league game of the season. But then again, neither was Chelsea's home defeat to Valencia.

Both of those results will give both teams confidence of getting a result. Liverpool need to improve in front of goal, after squandering plenty of opportunities against Napoli.

Whilst a vast improvement is needed in a backline that fell asleep at times in Italy. We'd also appreciate not seeing the midfield triumverate of Fabinho, Hendo and Milner start again.

Chelsea, likewise, will have a point to prove but will be more than aware that Liverpool will present a totally different proposition to their Spanish opponents on Tuesday.

So it's basically a game that will include two sides wanting to massively improve in all areas over a mid-week display. It should be a cracking match. Should be.

Injuries & Suspension

Naby Keita won't feature but he is close to a return. Could we even see him start in the week? But Alisson and Clyne are not yet close to a return. Alisson, though, less so.

Whilst Origi did join the first team training squad on Friday he is unlikely to feature. And although Andy Robertson played with his knee strapped on Tuesday and didn't look quite himself, he is expected to start.

For Chelsea Antonio Rudiger, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi are all out, whilst Mason Mount is 50-50 to feature.

Elsewhere, Emerson and Kante are back but it'll be touch and go until the last minute as to whether both (or either) player starts. In the case of Kante, don't be surprised to see him start with one leg.

Last 5 games:

Chelsea (all comps): D-W-D-W-L

Liverpool (all comps): W-W-W-W-L

Predicted line-up

The fixtures are coming more regularly now, so it's important to build a rhythm, whilst giving players a break now and again.

Though while we played on Tuesday and the Saturday before, the game this mid-week is against MK Dons and we're likely to see wholesale changes for that.

So that means that most of Jurgen's first choice players will have a full week's break up until next weekend. Allowing him to start with as strong a team as possible.

But don't be at all surprised to see Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain or James Milner start in midfield, this is the team we expected to start at Chelsea tomorrow afternoon.

Starting team: Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Mane, Salah and Firmino.

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