This weekend in the Premier League, Chelsea and Liverpool will face off against each other. The encounter between the Blues and the Reds will take place at Stamford Bridge in London on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. UK time.
Chelsea is a global brand and one of the world’s largest clubs. The Blues have just won the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League, but they struggled last season. The London team was unable to compete for a place in the Premier League’s top four and appeared to be heading for relegation at one stage.
Things are bound to be better this time around. Chelsea have appointed former Tottenham Hotspur and Paris Saint-Germain head coach Mauricio Pochettino as their new boss. Pochettino will be determined to get the team back into the UEFA Champions League for the 2024-25 campaign.
Chelsea have been very active in the summer transfer window. The Blues have signed forward Christopher Nkunku, central defender Axel Disasi, centre-forward Nicolas Jackson and winger Angelo among other players. The Blues have focused on young players this summer, and it will be interesting to see how they do this season.
Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino could line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Nicolas Jackson is likely to lead the line for the former Premier League and UEFA Champions League winners. Enzo Fernandez will be one of the two sitting midfielders. Raheem Sterling will start on the right wing. Kepa will be in goal for the home team.
Like Chelsea, Liverpool are one of the biggest clubs in the world and are a global brand. And, like Chelsea, Liverpool did not have the best of times last season. While the Reds did much better than the Blues, they will have been bitterly disappointed by their failure to finish in the top four of the Premier League table last season.
Liverpool will be keen on finishing in the UEFA Champions League places in the Premier League table this season and will also be looking to challenge for the title. The Merseyside club have won the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League in recent seasons, and the Anfield faithful will be confident of a very successful campaign ahead.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have not been very active in the summer transfer window. Liverpool have lost quite a few players. Roberto Firmino is among those who left the Reds on a free transfer at the end of last season. Midfielders Fabinho and Jordan Henderson have left for clubs in Saudi Arabia. Liverpool signed attacking midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai from RB Leipzig, while Argentina international midfielder Alexis Mac Allister moved from Brighton and Hove Albion.
Liverpool are likely to line up familiar 4-3-3 formation against Chelsea. Brazil international goalkeeper Alisson will be in goal and will have Trent Alexander-Arnold, Josip Matip, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson in front of him in defence. Alexis Mac Allister, Curtis Jones and Dominik Szoboszlai will be the midfield-three, while Diogo Jota, Cody Gakpo and Mohamed Salah will be the front-three.
Key Factors to Consider
Chelsea won 3 of their 5 pre-season friendly matches.
Chelsea scored 13 goals in their 5 pre-season friendly matches.
Chelsea conceded 5 goals in their 5 pre-season friendly matches.
Liverpool conceded 4 goals against Greuther Furth in a pre-season friendly game.
Mohamed Salah, a Liverpool attacker, has seven goals against his old club Chelsea in all competitions.
Chelsea will be looking to make a big impression in their opening game of the new season, and they will be determined to beat Liverpool at Stamford Bridge in London. The same might be said of Liverpool. This promises to be a thrilling encounter, with a single goal separating the two teams in the end. This match will be won by Liverpool, mostly because they have a more settled squad, including the backline.
Liverpool is expected to win 2-1.