• David Tyrer

Match Preview: Chelsea vs Liverpool

Date & time: March 3rd, 19:45

Where: Stamford Bridge

Is it on: BT Sport

Ref: Chris Kavanagh


After a couple of defeats in the last couple of weeks, there's a lot more attention on the FA Cup fifth round match with Chelsea tomorrow night.


The chance of going a whole season unbeaten went the minute Watford's third goal went in; the ability to come back from a goal or two down wasn't going to rear its head again.


The players weren't tired, didn't look at all fatigued. The worry was mainly that it was a slight bit of boredom, peppered with a tiny bit of arrogance.


Liverpool's players have always given the opposition a lot of respect, regardless of who they are, but they players didn't look at all up for the scrap that Watford made sure they were in.


But Chelsea know that the FA Cup is probably their only chance of actual silverware this season, and even then it's a slim chance.


So they will be well up for this one. And all indications are that Chelsea boss Lampard plans on fielding a strong side. If Klopp doesn't at least attempt to match that, it could spell trouble.


Not that he'd be under pressure, but he won't get away with it in quite the same way as he did during the winter break and Liverpool fans are becoming a little bit more greedy now too, with the Premier League looking all but wrapped up (touch wood).

Injuries & Suspension

Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri will all miss out, but were unlikely to be taking part anyway.


Meanwhile, James Milner and Joe Gomez are both reportedly fit and after missing the weekend game, could play some sort of part as Klopp looks for an immediate response to the defeat on Saturday.


Chelsea look as if they'll definitely be without the services of N'Golo Kante, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Christian Pulisic, and a number of other lesser players.

Last 5 games:

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

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

Predicted Line up

Despite the defeat to Watford I find it hard to believe that Jurgen Klopp will make his team 'go again' in the cup, as may have been the case in years gone by after that poor display.


But it is a domestic cup, so Jurgen will no doubt look to mix youth with experience, and will probably be under a little bit of pressure, knowing that fans will be craving further success after a few recent poor performances.

Starting XI: Adrian, Williams, Gomez, Matip, Milner, Chirivella, Lewis, Lallana, Jones, Minamino, Origi.


 
 

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