Chelsea hosts Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday in the new season’s first blockbuster clash and that will be the very first edition of the Kobby Kyei Sports Matchday with the fans at Sweet Aroma Restaurant, East Legon.
The two sides enter this game having won their respective opening day fixtures, with Chelsea beating Brighton 3-1, while Liverpool edged past newly-promoted Leeds 4-3 in a thrilling affair.
Neither team were entirely convincing, however, Kepa Arrizabalaga’s blushes saved by a Reece James thunderbolt, while Liverpool secured the win with an 88th-minute penalty to Mohamed Salah’s hattrick and earn Liverpool a 4th consecutive opening day victory.
There was concern over Werner when he was spotted with an ice pack on his thigh after the game against Brighton, but he played the majority of that match with the problem and has been passed fit for this game against the club he nearly joined instead of Chelsea.
Lampard has confirmed that fellow new signings Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva will all miss out for Chelsea.
The new recruits must wait for their league debuts for the Blues, with Ziyech still nursing a knee complaint, Chilwell a heel issue and Silva searching for match fitness.
Christian Pulisic is still to shake off a hamstring problem.
Mateo Kovacic’s red card in last season’s FA Cup final ruled him out of the Premier League season opener, but he is now ready to come back into the fold against Liverpool.
Liverpool managed to register the paperwork in time for new signing Thiago Alcantara to be available for Sunday’s trip to Chelsea. Although the £20m deal for the Bayern Munich midfielder was not announced until late on Friday afternoon the formalities had already been completed in advance for the Spain international to join the squad if manager Jurgen Klopp requires.
Thiago would most likely start on the bench if selected but fellow midfielder Fabinho could start at the expense of Naby Keita. New signing Kostas Tsimikas is expected to be available again after recovering from coronavirus.
Xherdan Shaqiri is also pushing for a return from his latest injury, but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a longer-term absentee for the reds.
HEAD TO HEAD
Liverpool have been the more successful of the two in this fixture historically, winning 81 of their 186 meetings, as opposed to Chelsea’s 41, alongside 64 draws.
Liverpool did the Premier League double over Chelsea, including a 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge last season, but it was the Blues who emerged victorious in their FA Cup fifth-round tie with a 2-0 win courtesy goals from the departed Willian and a Ross Barkley stunner.
Chelsea have won one of their last 11 Premier League meetings with Liverpool (five draws, five defeats), beating them 1-0 in May 2018 thanks to an Olivier Giroud goal.
Prediction: Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool
Join the Kobby Kyei Sports Team this Sunday at Sweet Aroma Restaurant, East Legon as we watch and have some football discussions before and after the game.
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By: Kwabena Asante Marfo (@KwabenaMarfo) KobbyKyeiSports