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Premier League

  • December 29, 2013
  • • 11:00 AM
  • • Stamford Bridge, London
  • Referee: H. Webb
  • • Attendance: 41614

Premier League Preview: Chelsea - Liverpool

Premier League Preview: Chelsea - Liverpool

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The visitors are looking to bounce back from a 2-1 defeat to Manchester City on Boxing Day, while Jose Mourinho will be without Ramires as the midfielder is serving a suspension.

Liverpool visits fellow title contender Chelsea on Sunday and will take confidence from an impressive recent record at Stamford Bridge.

The Merseyside outfit has lost just once in their last six Premier League visits, winning on three of those occasions.

But Jose Mourinho has never suffered a league defeat on home turf as Chelsea manager, underlining the size of the task facing the away side.

Brendan Rodgers' charges head into the fixture on the back of a 2-1 defeat at Manchester City.

Raheem Sterling had a goal ruled out despite seemingly being in an onside position, but Liverpool took the lead through Philippe Coutinho, only for Vincent Kompany and Alvaro Negredo to put City ahead before half time.

Liverpool dominated large parts of the second half but was unable to find a breakthrough, and Rodgers was further irked by the referee's failure to give a penalty against Joleon Lescott following what appeared to be a foul on Luis Suarez.

This weekend's fixture marks the first time the two sides have met since the incident involving Suarez, who received a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.

The scores finished 2-2 on that occasion at Anfield in April, with Suarez scoring a last-minute equalizer, and the Uruguayan - who tops this season's scoring charts with 19 goals - is sure to be met by a hostile Stamford Bridge crowd.

Liverpool makes the trip with several of its squad still missing through injury, including captain Steven Gerrard (hamstring) and striker Daniel Sturridge (ankle).

Defensive trio Jon Flanagan (hamstring), Jose Enrique and Sebastian Coates (both knee) are also out, while winger Victor Moses is unavailable due to the conditions of his loan move from Chelsea.

Chelsea lies third in the Premier League, one place and one point above Liverpool, and are searching for a fourth straight home league victory following a 1-0 triumph over Swansea City on Boxing Day.

Eden Hazard notched the only goal of the game in the first half, and Mourinho will be looking for his side to lay down a marker in its final game of 2013.

He heads into the fixture without Ramires, who is suspended after he picked up his fifth booking of the season against Swansea, with Frank Lampard likely to take his spot.


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