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Liverpool vs Chelsea predicted line-ups: Team news ahead of Premier League fixture today

Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League match today

‘Liverpool at Anfield is one of Europe’s toughest challenges’ – Tuchel

Liverpool and Chelsea have stated their cases as Premier League title challengers with impressive starts to the season.

But the first major test comes this weekend when the two face off at Anfield in the biggest game of the domestic campaign so far.

Jurgen Klopp will have seen the majestic display from Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku at the Emirates last weekend. But he will be filled with a little more confidence coming into this one given the return of first choice centre-back Virgil van Dijk.

There is no doubt both teams have the capacity to score goals, but neither have conceded yet so this could be a match of very fine margins. Regardless, it promises to be one you do not want to miss.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League match today.

When is it?

The match kicks off at 5.30pm GMT on Saturday 28 August.

How can I watch it?

The match will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League, with coverage starting at 5pm. If you’re not a Sky customer you can grab a NOWTV Day Pass here to watch without a subscription.

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Team news

Fabinho looks set to miss out on this one after not being included in the Burnley clash due to personal reasons following the death of his father.

Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain is set to return after the birth of his child, while Andy Robertson could also come back in for Kostas Tsimikas.

Christian Pulisic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek both recently tested positive for coronavirus and so could be unavailable for selection.

But N’Golo Kante and Hakim Ziyech came on as substitutes against Arsenal and will be competing for a starting place at Anfield.

Predicted line-ups

LIV – Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Matip, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Thiago; Salah, Jota, Mane

CHE – Mendy; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Kante, Alonso; Mount, Havertz; Lukaku

Odds

Liverpool: 8/5

Draw: 12/5

Chelsea: 39/19

Prediction

Both sides come into this mouthwatering clash having won both of their opening games without conceding a goal. Since arriving at Stamford Bridge in January, Tuchel has built a reputation on making the Blues incredibly solid and resolute. But that resolve will be tested to the limit at Anfield as they look to do what they managed back in March by winning in Liverpool’s backyard. Unlike then, this time there will be a capacity crowd in attendance on Merseyside. Chelsea have not beaten the Reds in the league at Anfield in front of fans since November 2014. Meanwhile, Klopp’s men look revived with the return of Virgil van Dijk and the battle between him and Lukaku promises to be something special. There is very little to split these two sides but the Anfield crowd could narrowly get the home team over the line. Liverpool 1-0 Chelsea.

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