Liverpool v Chelsea
Thursday March 4, 20:15
Liverpool right back on the right track?
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp stated his part continue to be in “exciting places” after beating Sheffield United to finish a run of four successive Premier League defeats and move within two points of a Champions League spot. Blades goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale produced a string of fine saves to frustrate the Reds within the half that is first Curtis Jones broke the hosts’ resolve.
The 20-year-old showed the touch that is clinical team-mates was lacking to b supply the Merseysiders the lead right after the period. Roberto Firmino‘s work midway through the period that is second deflected off Kean Bryan and over a stranded Ramsdale as Liverpool doubled their advantage before closing out the contest to secure a deserved 2-0 triumph.
Speaking post-match, Klopp said: “Plenty of people have written us off. That’s fine. With all the problems we have had we’re still around the places that are exciting. This is about us showing we are nevertheless here. We perform Chelsea on we have to show it again thursday. We have to win football games, we know that. There’s no real method in to the Champions League without outcomes.”
Chelsea expand streak( that is unbeaten*) remain outside of the Premier League’s top-four after playing out a drab goalless deadlock with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. The Blues – who’ve extended their unbeaten streak to nine under new boss Thomas Tuchel – were fortunate not to concede a penalty for handball against Callum Hudson-Odoi in the first-half.In the end, neither side did enough to force a victory in West London but Chelsea supporters will be encouraged by their side’s newfound resilience under Tuchel. The German is slowly but surely making his mark, and whilst the Blues lacked edge that is cutting the week-end, the product quality at their disposal in forward areas shows the tide will turn quickly.
Post-match Tuchel stated, “We had the higher possibilities and played high up the pitch within the half that is second. We have to accept a draw in the end and a sheet that is clean. We’d an extremely reaction that is good half time. We stepped up and got better and better with higher recoveries. We went for a win but it did not happen.” Hudson-Odoi is rated doubtful for
Liverpool thursday have actually won all of their final four Premier League conferences with Chelsea, netting 11 objectives and conceding just four. The Reds also have tabled back-to-back Anfield triumphs on the Blues, although enter into this clash regarding the straight back of four home that is successive losses – the Merseysiders have never lost five consecutive home games in their history.
Liverpool’s 2.3611/8 title defence has toiled since October’s thrashing by Aston Villa with the Reds returning W9-D7-L7 in their past 23 outings, including only W5-D2-L4 at their normally fortress Anfield base. Key injuries continue to plague Klopp’s charges with Nat Phillips and Ozan Kabak becoming the 14th centre-back that is different utilized this period.
Chelsea 3.2011/5 supremo Thomas Tuchel is unbeaten in his very first nine matches as Blues employer in every tournaments (W6-D3-L0), with just José Mourinho (10) and Luiz Felipe Scolari (12) having longer starts that are unbeaten Stamford Bridge. The capital club have built from the back and focussed on control during the regime that is new silencing seven of these nine opponents.
Fourteen (61%) of 23 tussles between all-Big groups have actually showcased Under 2.5 Goals 2.021/1 in 2020/21, including five of seven whenever Chelsea are included. A key contributor.In since Thomas Tuchel arrived, the Blues have played out largely lifeless affairs with both Man Utd (0-0) and Spurs (1-0) with the visitors’ insistence on monopolising possession Those aforementioned 23 meetings between Big Six rivals, just five have seen both relative edges score from non-penalty circumstances. Nevertheless, three of the five matches involved Liverpool, whom’ve struggled to field a defence that is first-choice. In fact, 13 of the Reds’ 17 showdowns with sides inside the top-13 of the league standings have paid out for Over 2.5 Goals 1.8910/11
In A tussle that is tricky analyse, I’m anticipating Chelsea to follow along with their past blueprint under Tuchel and so i am pleased to oppose a high-scoring Anfield showdown, whilst also keeping the Blues onside. We could grab 2.19 on Chelsea Double potential and Under 3.5 objectives, which holds the appeal that is most in front of Thursday night of mega match.(*)