To be played on Saturday 31st October 2015 at 12:45. Venue: Stamford Bridge, London
Odds: Chelsea 11/10, Draw 28/11, Liverpool 29/10
This clash was always going to be a huge game at this stage of the season, but you wouldn't have predicted it to be like this.
Chelsea have only managed three wins this season, as have Liverpool. The home side find themselves in 15th place prior to kick off, while Liverpool's inability to hold on to leads has cost them when they probably feel they should be in and around the fight for the top four, but instead find themselves six points off the Champions League places in ninth. Jose Mourinho's side are a further three points behind.
As a result, there has been a lot of speculation surrounding his future going into this game, with some suggesting a win for Liverpool could end the Portuguese coach's second reignat Stamford Bridge. His side have won just one game in seven in all competitions and were this week dumped out of the League Cup by Stoke City on penalties.
Despite starting his tenure at Anfield with three consecutive draws, Jurgen Klopp is likely to be the more upbeat of the two bosses after he saw his much-changed side advance to the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup in midweek to secure him a first win, though scoring goals remains a problem - which is why the Reds will hoping Christian Benteke is fit to start this weekend.
The home side are confident that their main forward Diego Costa will be fit for action after he was substituted in the early stages of the League Cup tie at the Britannia Stadium, with the club confident that his rib injury will only prove to be bruising.
- Asmir Begovic
- César Azpilicueta
- Gary Cahill
- John Terry
- Kurt Zouma
- Eden Hazard
- Nemanja Matic
- Diego Costa
“They were a good team, they are a good team. They had good players, they have good players. They had a very good manager, they have a new very good manager.”
- Simon Mignolet
- Nathaniel Clyne
- Alberto Moreno
- Mamadou Sakho
- Martin Skrtel
- Philippe Coutinho
- Adam Lallana
- Lucas Leiva
- James Milner
- Christian Benteke
- Roberto Firmino
“I am not sure it is easier to play them now than last year. Maybe self-confidence makes things something, but to be wounded can make you stronger too.”
Thibaut Courtois ★★★ out knee
Diego Costa ★★ questionable rib
Branislav Ivanovic ★★★ out hamstring
Pedro ★★ questionable knock
Christian Benteke ★ probable knee
Kolo Touré ★★★ out hamstring
Joseph Gomez ★★★ out ACL
Jordan Henderson ★★★ out broken foot
Jordan Rossiter ★★★ out hamstring
Daniel Sturridge ★★★ out knee
Danny Ings ★★★ out ACL