There is no doubting that the biggest matchup in this weekend’s set of Premier League fixtures takes place at Anfield as Liverpool play host to Chelsea. The teams had contrasting fortunes in midweek when the Champions League was the sole focus, but Saturday sees the two clubs once again avert their attention to all things domestic.
This is a fixture steeped in history especially in the Premier League as both Liverpool and Chelsea are ever presents in this division. This means that since the formation of the competition in 1992 they have faced each other no less than 50 times and surprisingly there is very little to split them when we look at their head to head record.
Of those previous 50 matches that have been played at this level in the past 25 years both Liverpool and Chelsea have won 19 games each. That’s a win ratio of 38%, there have been twelve draws in that same period. This means that 24% of the time there is a share of the points at either Anfield or Stamford Bridge.
The only measure that can perhaps really split them in terms of head-to-head record is the amount of total goals scored. It is the Blues that just edge this as they have scored 62 goals to the Merseysiders 60. This means Chelsea may have the bragging rights albeit only just when it comes to history, but they have not had it all their own way as of late.
Jurgen Klopp’s men go into the weekend’s encounter having not lost to Chelsea in their last five league meetings. You have to go all the way back to November 2014 for the last time the current league champions came out on top and they did so on enemy territory with Diego Costa scoring a second half winner at Anfield.
This encounter should promise us goals which if you are neutral watching this game it means you will be in for treat.
And with Liverpool having home advantage this Saturday it bodes well for them in terms of getting the three points that would see them pull level with the West London outfit in the league table. During the last 30 meetings with Liverpool playing at home, Liverpool have won 14 times, there have been nine draws while Chelsea have won seven times. The goal difference is 45-32 in favour of Liverpool.
This encounter should promise us goals which if you are neutral watching this game it means you will be in for treat. Of the 50 Premier League games between the two sides there have been a total of 122 goals scored. This works out at an average of 2.4 goals per game, while if you are a fan of either you may well be concerned that no team has kept a clean sheet since April 2014.
Mention April 2014 to a Liverpool fan and they will likely break out in a cold sweat as this was the afternoon in which Steven Gerrard let the title slip through his grasp as Jose Mourinho masterminded a 2-0 away win for Chelsea. One that put a serious dent in the Reds title aspirations as they looked to deliver a first league success since 1989.
The last two meetings at Anfield have ended in a 1-1 draw, this suggests that it is a result that perhaps suits Chelsea more but there is no doubting they will be going into this game looking to end that run of five meetings without a win.
Could Saturday prove to be the day in which happens? I guess we will just have to wait to find out.
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