Chelsea vs Liverpool preview- Chelsea will face Liverpool in the 5th round tie of FA Cup at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday. The match will take place on 4th January at 1:15 IST (3rd January in England). Chelsea is trying to secure their top-four position in the Premier League under the new manager, Frank Lampard. The Blues dropped two points against Bournemouth in the Premier League the previous weekend. On the other hand, Liverpool’s winning streak was broken by Watford in the previous game-week.

So, both the teams will be eyeing to get back into winning ways on Tuesday. Liverpool has a chance to win the treble this season. So, they will be eyeing to win this match to qualify for the next round. On the other hand, the FA Cup is Chelsea’s only realistic chance to win a trophy this season.

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The manager of Chelsea, Frank Lampard has proclaimed that he would rest a few players in this match to inject some fresh legs. Kepa Arrizabalaga might come back in the starting lineup after missing out last few matches. Andreas Christensen might not make it to the squad of the Blues for this match as he has picked up an injury against Bournemouth in the previous match. Tammy Abraham, N’Golo Kante, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Christian Pulisic are out of the contention from this match.

On the other hand, the manager of Liverpool, Jürgen Klopp might also rest few of his key players in the FA Cup tie. Liverpool will have to face Bournemouth on Saturday in the Premier League. After that, they will be up against Atletico Madrid in the second leg of the round-of-16 tie in the Champions League where they will have to overcome the deficit of 1-0. Jürgen Klopp will wish to have all his players fit for these games. Joe Gomez is not available in the match against Chelsea because of an injury. Dejan Lovren will play in the central defence in place of him.

Head To Head Record: (In Last 17 Meetings)

Chelsea Won: 6

Matches Drawn: 6

Liverpool Won: 5

Chelsea vs Liverpool Probable Lineups:

Chelsea:

Kepa Arrizabalaga; Reece James, Cesar Azpilicueta, Fikayo Tomori, Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso; Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho; Willian, Ross Barkley, Olivier Giroud.

Liverpool:

Alisson; Andrew Robertson, Dejan Lovren, Virgil Van Dijk, Trent Alexander Arnold; Naby Keita, Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson; Divock Origi, Minaimo, Sadio Mane.

Key Players:

Chelsea:

  1. Cesar Azpilicueta

2. Olivier Giroud

Liverpool:

1. Trent Alexander Arnold

2. Sadio Mane

Suggested Likely XI

Captain And Vice Captain Picks:

Captain Options: Sadio Mane, Olivier Giroud.

Vice-Captain Options: Trent Alexander Arnold, Andrew Robertson, Cesar Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso.

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Probable Winners: Liverpool FC

Though the Blues will put up a fight against their opponents on the night, the Merseyside outfit is just too strong for them at present. Due to this, Jurgen Klopp’s men will have the overall advantage in this match.

However, the recent losses to Watford and Atletico Madrid will give Frank Lampard’s men some confidence that his team can the tie. They will also have the home advantage in this one, which they should try to utilize for sure.