Chelsea host Liverpool in the Premier League with this season preview courtesy of fanatix.
Chelsea are expected to recall John Terry to their team to face Liverpool at Stamford Bridge after his four match ban for racist language. Brendan Rodgers meanwhile should be able to select Pepe Reina after the Spaniard returned to training.
Venue Stamford Bridge, Sunday 4pm
Last season Chelsea 1 Liverpool 2
Referee Howard Webb
This season’s matches 6 Y26, R1, 4.50 cards per game
Odds Chelsea 10-11 Liverpool 3-1 Draw 5-2
CaughtOffside predicted line-ups
Subs from Hilário, Turnbull, David Luiz, Romeu, Moses, Malouda, Azpilicueta, Ferreira, Marin, Sturridge, Piazón
Injured Cole (hamstring, 17 Nov), Lampard (calf, 24 Nov)
Form guide DLWWWW
Disciplinary record Y15 R2
Leading scorers Mata, Torres 4
Subs from Doni, Jones, Cole, Assaidi, Pacheco, Henderson, Coates, Downing, Wilson, Carragher, Shelvey, Wisdom, Robinson, Morgan, Yesil
Doubtful Johnson (back)
Injured Leiva (thigh, 25 Nov), Borini (ankle, Jan), Kelly (knee, Mar)
Form guide DDWDWL
Disciplinary record Y14 R2
Leading scorer Suárez 7
This will be the fifth time the sides have met in the past 12 months. They met four times last season; Liverpool did the double over Chelsea in the league and beat them in the League Cup quarter-finals, but the Blues beat the Reds in the FA Cup final.
Chelsea and Liverpool have met 32 times in various competitions in the last eight seasons. Chelsea won 13 of those games, and Liverpool 12.
Liverpool are looking for a fifth consecutive Premier League victory over Chelsea. That would represent their longest winning sequence in this fixture for 38 years.
Chelsea have only earned one point from their last two games. They have never gone three league matches without a win under manager Roberto Di Matteo.
The Blues have conceded eight goals in their last five league matches, failing to keep a clean sheet, having let in only two goals in their opening five fixtures.
Di Matteo’s side have recovered to win all three league matches in which they were behind this season.
Fernando Torres scored 81 goals in 142 appearances for Liverpool between 2007 and 2011. His tally of 11 goals in 56 Premier League games for Chelsea is in contrast to the 38 goals he scored for Liverpool after the same number of matches.
They are unbeaten in their last five league matches (W2, D3), having failed to win any of their opening five games.
The Reds have failed to beat top-half opposition this season, recording three draws and three defeats.
Liverpool have registered 88 shots off target, more than any other team in the Premier League prior to this weekend’s fixtures.
They have won only one of their last 29 Premier League games when they have trailed 1-0 at half-time.
Luis Suarez has scored five goals in his last five Premier League appearances.
CaughtOffside prediction: 3-1. Chelsea’s attacking verve to prove too much!