Chelsea and Liverpool take on each other in the big clash of the weekend as both will try to get their season running after a poor run of late.
They have both been struggling for form this season as they have had inconsistent performances this season.
Chelsea’s last Premier League action ended in a 2-1 loss to West Ham at Upton Park with Nemanja Matic being sent off before half time and Coach Jose Mourinho being sent to the stands.
Liverpool are going into this off the back of a 1-1 draw with Southampton with Christian Benteke scoring a goal from the bench before Mane equalized late on.
Both teams also played in midweek with Liverpool getting their first win under Klopp against AFC Bournemouth and Chelsea losing again, this time to Stoke City in the Capital One cup.
Chelsea who are the reigning champions have been a shadow of their former selves after dominating the whole of last season from beginning to end. They have lost five games so far and the pressure is mounting on manager Jose Mourinho, who is in desperate need of a win to kick start his season and turn it around.
Liverpool on the other hand after sacking Brenden Rodgers have drawn their last three Premier League games under new manager Jürgen Klopp. They will look to have the edge in this one against a struggling Chelsea side whom everyone seems to be happy to play right about now.
The reverse fixture last season ended in a champions beating Liverpool 2-1. Diego Costa was the match winner on that day but he is a major doubt this time around.
Liverpool sit 9th on the league table whilst Chelsea are in bottom half at 15th.
- First choice keeper Courtois is still out so Asmir Begovic is set to continue in goal.
- Ivanovic remains injured so it’s likely to be the same backline that lost against West Ham
- Diego Costa who suffered an injury in midweek is a doubt for this one and so is Pedro who has had a stop start campaign so far.
- Benteke is fit and is likely to start in place of Origi who has started the last 2 games.
- Sturridge is still out with his injury and is highly unlikely to be in the match day squad.
- Nemanja Matic who was given a red card in the game last week is set to return from suspension.
- Last year’s superstar for Chelsea, Eden Hazard after his penalty miss last week is likely to start.
- Willian who has been Chelsea’s star performer this season is set to keep his place in the starting lineup.
- Loic Remy is likely to lead the line for Chelsea
This will be Jürgen Klopp’s first taste of the big clash and he will be looking to get his first league win of his reign so far.
If history is anything to go by, there is no let up when these two teams meet and it promises to be a cracker.
Mourinho will be desperate to win this one as failure to do so is likely to make this his last hurrah for Chelsea.
Kickoff is at 12.45 GMT.