After disappointing campaigns last season, both Chelsea and Liverpool are hoping for a better start as they meet on the opening weekend of the Premier League season. Chelsea begins a new era under the management of Mauricio Pochettino, the former manager of Tottenham and PSG, as he aims to transform a squad that finished in the bottom half of the table. Although Pochettino has many options to choose from after a scattergun summer transfer window, quickly forging a winning side might be challenging, especially with the injury to Christopher Nkunku. On the other hand, Liverpool has made more targeted investments, bringing in Dominik Szoboszlai and Alexis Mac Allister to refresh their midfield.
The match between Chelsea and Liverpool is scheduled to kick-off at 4.30pm on Sunday 13 August at Stamford Bridge in London. Viewers in the United Kingdom can watch the game live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League, with coverage starting from 4pm. Subscribers can also stream the match through the Sky Go app.
Regarding team news, Chelsea has confirmed that Christopher Nkunku will be sidelined for an extended period after undergoing knee surgery. While Pochettino is still chasing midfield reinforcements, he has secured centre-half Axel Disasi to provide another defensive option. Reece James has been appointed as the team captain. On the Liverpool side, they are reportedly still in the mix for another high-priced midfield recruit despite the arrivals of Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai, who could potentially make their competitive debut for Liverpool at Stamford Bridge. Thiago Alcantara and Stefan Bajcetic are still recovering from their injuries and may not be available.
The predicted line-ups for the match are as follows:
Chelsea XI: Kepa; James, Silva, Colwill, Chilwell; Gallagher, Fernandez; Sterling, Chukwuemeka, Mudryk; Jackson.
Liverpool XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Szoboszlai, Mac Allister, Gakpo; Salah, Nunez, Jota.
In terms of the odds, Chelsea has a win probability of 83/41, a draw is at 11/4, and Liverpool has a win probability of 7/5.
As for the prediction, it is anticipated that the match will be an entertaining score draw, with both teams ending with a 2-2 result.