Chelsea entertain Liverpool in Sunday’s Premier League showdown at Stamford Bridge. The Blues are presently five points adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur with three games to play, and they face a must-win situation against the Reds to maintain their slender Champions League prospects.
What happened last time around?
The previous meeting between the sides was at Anfield in November 2017 where they played out a 1-1 draw. Mohamed Salah opened the scoring against his former club in the 65th minute before Willian equalised five minutes from time. Antonio Conte’s side grew into the game in the final quarter and their poor finishing denied them an away triumph.
Players to watch for:
Olivier Giroud – Chelsea: Giroud has become the undisputed first-choice upfront ever since his stellar substitute showing against Southampton in the Premier League. The Frenchman has since scored with the same opposition in the FA Cup semi-final after a wonderful Messi-like footwork and he should be beaming with confidence for the Reds game. The Frenchman has scored five goals in 11 appearances against Liverpool.
Mohamed Salah – Liverpool: Salah has been simply sensation in his maiden league campaign versus Liverpool and he has already notched 43 goals for the season which have earned him the PFA Player of the Year. The Egypt international was sort of neutralised during the recent Champions League semi-final tie against Roma but he should be up for it in the league with another record within his reach. Salah needs four goals from the remaining two games to become the highest-ever scorer in a single Premier League season.
Chelsea have returned to form with a couple of top-notch performances of late but this has not entirely covered their vulnerability at the back. Liverpool on current form are likely to score on the road and the match could result in a high-scoring draw.
Chelsea 2-2 Liverpool