Liverpool won 3-1 at Chelsea last season and, with confidence high following their recent 4-1 victory over champions Leicester City, Jurgen Klopp’s Reds could well come away with another three points when they visit Stamford Bridge on Friday night.
However, Chelsea are also in fine form – having taken 10 points from a possible 12 so far under new boss Antonio Conte – and the Blues will start Friday’s game as favourites.
Liverpool are underdogs, but not massively so. However, a Paddy Power offer has seen odds on an away win swell to a massive 10-1.
Liverpool manager Klopp might want to name the same starting XI that took Leicester apart, although that would involve leaving star Brazilian Philippe Coutinho on the bench.
Coutinho was the man of the match when Liverpool won at Chelsea last October, so Klopp faces a tough selection dilemma.
Meanwhile, Chelsea are set to hand a second debut to David Luiz following his return from PSG.
Conte told the club’s official website on Thursday that Luiz will play and that he expects him to perform well.
He said: “Tomorrow, David Luiz will play for the first time with us and we are confident about him.
“We expect him to play very well, we know he’s a good player. We are working to put him in the best condition to give us the best of him.
“When new players arrive they need time to adapt to a new concept but tomorrow we need to play David Luiz. He’s worked a lot on defensive situations and when we are in possession. I have confidence in him.”
Luiz will not play alongside captain John Terry, who remains sidelined.
Conte added: “John strained the ligament of his ankle, the doctor told me after 10 days he could be available to come back. He is working very hard and today he had a training session to recover.”