While the Blues have been much more effective as of late—especially with am attack that includes Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres—they haven’t had the most successful defense.
Fortunately for Chelsea, the Liverpool attack isn’t exactly the most potent, and relies on Suarez to net goals in a feast or famine fashion. Expect Chelsea boss Robert Di Matteo to focus all efforts on shutting down the brilliant forward.
Keep reading to find out when you can watch this game, where to live stream it, players to watch, probable lineups and much more.
Where: Stamford Bridge, London
When: Sunday, November 11 at 11 a.m. ET
Watch: FOX Soccer
Live Stream: FOX Soccer 2Go
Chelsea Player to Watch: John Terry
The centre back is returning to action on Nov. 7 for the Blues in their Championship League rematch with Shakhtar Donetsk after serving a four-game suspension for a despicable act of racism.
Considering that Chelsea has given up a ridiculous 10 goals in his absence, the captain will be welcomed back with open arms—if he can help keep the shots away from Petr Cech and reorganize a struggling defense.
Liverpool’s attack has been prolific with the addition of Luis Suarez, which is why it’s critical that a fit Terry returns to the starting XI for this match.
Liverpool Player to Watch: Luis Suarez
Just how prolific has Suarez been for the Reds? According to 32-year-old captain Steven Gerrard (via the BBC), the Uruguayan is the best striker that he’s played with since 1998—when his career at Anfield began.
In just 10 Premier League matches, the 25-year-old forward has netted seven goals and two assists. The highly controversial player is looking to continue his dominant run on Sunday against the No. 2 team on the table—the Blues.
If he’s able to find some space and continue to put shots on net, Liverpool has a real chance of pulling an upset.
Liverpool Probable Lineup
Pepe Reina, Andre Wisdom, Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger, Glen Johnson, Joe Allen, Steven Gerrard, Jonjo Shelvey, Suso, Raheem Sterling, Luis Suarez
Chelsea Probable Lineup
Petr Cech, Branislav Ivanovic, John Terry, Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, John Obi Mikel, Ramires, Eden Hazard, Oscar, Juan Mata, Fernando Torres
Prediction: Chelsea 2 - Liverpool 1
This is going to be a heated match between two relatively new rivals in the Premier League.
The Blues certainly aren’t going to forget their last matchup with the Reds, when Michael Essien put in an early own goal in that foreshadowed a 4-1 shellacking at Anfield.
For that reason, plus the boost the side will get from having their captain back on the pitch, we are giving the edge to Chelsea by a narrow margin.