21st September, 2019
It is no doubt that the match of the week at least for the British Premier League followers is the one involving Chelsea and Liverpool on Sunday 22nd September, 2019 at the Stamford Bridge home of the Blues.
This is a match that true followers of the BPL cannot afford to miss, no matter which team they are following. One can already imagine how much fireworks willbe going off on the field of play on that day as both teams are not just title contenders but also possess some of the best legs in the league.
This game is a repeat of this summers Super Cup Final as Liverpool makes the trip to Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.
Even though Chelsea may have put in a season-best display in their 5-2 win away at Wolves after returning from the international break, Frank Lampard saw his side come crashing back down to earth in midweek.
It was surely not the best way to start this year’s Champions League campaign as the Blues were shocked with 1-0 defeat against Valencia at Stamford Bridge, with the former England midfielder having to watch his team continue to show some glaring inconsistencies in their game.
Having decided to largely turn to the youth players over the summer, fans around West London will be most concerned by their sides continued defensive issues.
It is on record that the team is yet to record a single clean sheet across any competition since opening the new campaign. The Blues have also shipped in at least a pair of goals in four of their opening five top-flight appearances.
However, in spite of their continued struggles at the back, the coach will be hugely excited by Tammy Abraham’s red-hot start. Scoring his first top-flight hat-trick at Molineux last weekend, the England U-21 international now has seven goals in his last three Premier League matches.
Ahead of the clash against Liverpool this Sunday, Chelsea’s Mason Mount faces a fitness test on the ankle sprain he suffered in their midweek Champions League loss.
The good news is that N’Golo Kante is back in contention after returning to training even though Emerson Palmieri is once again doubtful.
Liverpool has its own headaches too as the boss Jurgen Klopp will likely be calling for an immediate response from his side after opening their Champions League campaign with a defeat just like Chelsea.
Having suffered a 2-0 loss away at Napoli, the former Borussia Dortmund boss should still find the confidence in his camp at a fair high. The team is very desperate to clinch their first Premier League crown and are the only side to boast a 100% start in their opening five appearances.
They at the moment hold a five-point buffer over current title holders, Manchester City. Despite their continued success, the Reds also have some mild defensive issues. They have recorded just a single clean sheet in any of their opening five matches so far.
Just like Chelsea who have one leading man enjoying a purple patch, Liverpool have their own attacking talisman who has continued to shine. Now bagging six in his last six across all formats, including a brace against the Blues in the Super Cup last month, Sadio Mane should be confident of extending that goal-scoring run this weekend.
However, Divock Origi is unlikely to play, according to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, as a result of his ongoing ankle injury. Good news for the fans though as reports have it that Naby Keita is back in full training, while keeper Alisson and Nathaniel Clyne both remain out but are also stepping up their recoveries.
As the situation stands right now, even though Liverpool might be coming off the back of a defeat away in Italy on Tuesday, Jurgen Klopp’s men should see this weekend as a golden chance to extend their winning run in the top-flight.
As a result of the fact that Chelsea has continued to have issues at the back and still showing some glaring defensive issues, there is no doubt that Mane and co should be looking to enjoy another fruitful afternoon in the final third.