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Liverpool will travel to London to take on Chelsea at the Stamford Bridge stadium. The game will be the first of the New Year for both teams and is definitely one of the most awaited games of Premier League 2021-22.
Both the teams are evenly placed at this stage of the tournament. Chelsea is at the second spot with 42 points from 20 games so far, while Liverpool is just one point behind with 41 points, and at the third spot. However, Liverpool has played one game less, as it’s Boxing Day fixture against Leeds United got postponed.
The Reds are coming into this game after a closely fought game against the Foxes and eventually finished as the losing side. However, the team would be pretty happy with its performance so far in the tournament, as they have suffered just two losses so far, and won 12. Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota, with 15 and 10 goals respectively, are the top two scorers of the season. In fact, Liverpool has scored 50 times this season and is second only to the reigning champions Manchester City in terms of the number of goals scored.
While Chelsea would be happy with the second spot, they would be a bit disappointed with its recent form. Its last 5 games have seen the team play 3 draws, and that too against lower-placed teams like Brighton and Everton. These mediocre performances have seen the Blues concede an 8 points lead to Manchester City, and it now looks unlikely for them to play catch-up.
Match prediction and betting tips for Chelsea vs Liverpool Premier League 2021-22. The match is going to be played at the Stamford Bridge Stadium, London, on the 2nd of January, 2021.
Thomas Tuchel is having quite a few injury problems within his squad. Ben Chilwell is undergoing surgery for his ACL problem, while Andreas Christensen and Reece James are out due to back and thigh problems. Ruben Loftus and Thiago Silva too might not be available. This might give Kai Havertz, Malang Sarr, and Trevor Chalobah to start the game.
There is also going to be a lot of attention on the role that Romelu Lukaku plays after making a public statement about being unhappy at Chelsea and hinting that he might be looking for a return to Inter Milan.
As for Liverpool, Andy Robertson is serving his final suspension, while Harvey Elliott, Nat Phillips, and Adrian are nursing injuries. The game may most likely be the last before the imminent departure of Salah, Nabio Keita, and Sadio Mane to the AFCON, and they would definitely look to leave on a winning note. Despite a loss at the King Power Stadium, Jurgen Klopp is expected to field a more or less similar playing eleven, and it might just be enough to hand them a victory, given the depleted Squad of the Blues.
Bet on Liverpool to win.
The brilliance of Mohammad Salah has somewhat overshadowed the fantastic season Diogo Jota is having. He has 10 goals to his name this season in the Premier League for Liverpool and his tendency to score in the big games marks him out as a special player. Liverpool would be a bit cross with themselves for leaving what some may consider easy points on the table. We think Jota is going to lead his teammates by example in this match and add another goal to his tally.