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Preview: Chelsea vs Liverpool


Preview: Chelsea vs Liverpool

Rafa Benitez and Avram Grant's men go head to head at Stamford Bridge today - both sides gunning for important points. Liverpool need a win to lift them back into Champions League contention, whilst Chelsea would love three points to see them step closer to the big two at the top.

Injuries and Suspensions

Andriy Shevchenko (back) and John Terry (foot) miss out, but Frank Lampard may return. Fernando Torres, Andriy Voronin, Fabio Aurelio, Alvaro Arbeloa and Daniel Agger are missing for the Reds. Xabi Alonso is suspended and Ryan Babel is a major doubt.

Squads

Chelsea (from): Cech, Cudicini, Hilario, Ferreira, Belletti, Carvalho, Ben-Haim, Alex, A Cole, Bridge, Ivanovic, Lampard, Makelele, Obi, J Cole, Wright-Phillips, Anelka, Pizarro, Malouda, Ballack, Sidwell.

Liverpool (from): Reina, Finnan, Carragher, Hyypia, Skrtel, Riise, Pennant, Mascherano, Gerrard, Babel, Benayoun, Kewell, Lucas, Crouch, Kuyt, Itandje.

Avram talks records and Liverpool

"Any record is good. Most of the time it is very positive but sometimes it affects you because you are afraid to lose.

"I think it will be a difficult game. When the two clubs play against each other you always think about something from the past.

"Of course I don't have a problem with Liverpool, my only concern is that Chelsea will succeed."

Eyefootball Premiership Predictor

Chelsea 3-1 Liverpool

Another victory should ensure movement up the table for the Blues. Liverpool need to keep a very close eye on their old boy Anelka.

Goalscorer: Anelka