Premier League, Chelsea vs Liverpool: Preview, Dream11 and stats
Premier League 2019-20 champions Liverpool face an away test against Chelsea in gameweek 2 of the 2020-21 season. Both teams won their respective matches in the opening gameweek. Chelsea have spent heavily this season and brought in some exciting players. Liverpool signed Thiago Alcantara on Friday to steal the headlines. Ahead of a crunch battle we present the match preview.
Chelsea vs Liverpool - Team news and selection
Chelsea will be without Thiago Silva and Christian Pulisic, while summer signings Ben Chilwell and Hakim Ziyech are sidelined. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has a fit squad at his disposal. He must decide whether to involve Thiago Alcantara from the start or bring him on as a substitute.
Chelsea need to be solid against Liverpool
Despite the absence of several key players, Chelsea have the resources. They have the creativity required in attacking mid-field. Timo Werner can create those promising runs and ask questions for Liverpool, who shipped in three goals against Leeds. There are questions over Chelsea's defensive unit as well. Liverpool's mid-field looks world class and overall, the Reds have better composure. Klopp will fancy a result.
Stat attack: Chelsea vs Liverpool
Chelsea ended last season with six consecutive home league victories and could win seven in a row at Stamford Bridge for the first time since December 2017. The Blues are unbeaten in their past 13 home league games against the reigning champions (W7, D6). Liverpool can win their opening two league fixtures in three consecutive top-flight seasons for the first time.
Dream11, timing, TV listing and match prediction
Dream11 team prediction, Chelsea vs Liverpool (4-2-3-1): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Christensen, Azpilicueta; Jorginho, Henderson; Salah (c), Havertz, Mane; Werner (vc). The match is set to start at 9:00 PM IST on Sunday. One can watch the match live on the Star Sports Network and stream it on Hotstar (paid subscription). Match prediction: Chelsea 1-3 Liverpool.