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Sabtu, 6 November 2010
Liverpool v Chelsea : match preview
Fernando Torres will look to add to an impressive tally of three goals from two league clashes with Chelsea at Anfield when the two teams meet again on Sunday. Here are the rest of all the need-to-know match stats.
Head to head (league only):
At Anfield: Liverpool 44 wins, 14 draws, Chelsea 9 wins.Overall: Liverpool 60 wins, 28 draws, Chelsea 46 wins.
Last season Chelsea did the double over Liverpool - winning both games 2-0.
They won at Stamford Bridge with Nicolas Anelka and Florent Malouda scoring in the last half hour.
On the penultimate weekend of last season the Londoners won at Anfield with goals from Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard.
Chelsea's victories over the Reds last term ended a run of five league games without a win.
Liverpool have lost nine times to Chelsea on this ground in the league with four of those defeats coming in the last seven years.
Since the inception of the Premier League Liverpool have won 13 and lost 16 of the 36 meetings.
Joe Cole scored 38 goals in 282 games for Chelsea during his seven years at Stamford Bridge. One of those goals was the winner here on New Year's Day 2005.
Joe will be looking for an early birthday present of three points as he will turn 29 on Monday.
Former Blue Glen Johnson made his Chelsea debut against Liverpool at Anfield in 2003. He went on to appear on 72 occasions for the club in all competitions from 2003-2007 scoring four times.
Steven Gerrard will be looking to improve on a record of one goal for Liverpool in 30 appearances against Chelsea. His strike in October 2005 came in a 4-1 defeat at Anfield with Joe Cole again amongst the visitors' scorers.
He scored his fourth Liverpool hat-trick last Thursday against Napoli and in doing so became only the second Reds substitute, after Steve Staunton in 1989, to score three times in a game after coming on.
Fernando Torres has scored three goals in his two league games against Chelsea at Anfield, and has five goals in seven games in all competitions home and away.
Liverpool are looking to win a third league game in a row since September 2009 when they recorded four in succession.
Should Liverpool win they will be only three points worse off than they were after 11 games last season.
A victory on Sunday would give Liverpool back-to-back home league wins for the first time since March when they beat Portsmouth (4-1) and Sunderland (3-0)
Patrik Berger scored Liverpool's last hat-trick against Chelsea at Anfield in October 1997.
He is one of four Liverpool hat-trick scorers in the league against the Londoners. The others were James Stewart in 1910, Fred Pagnam (1915) and Gordon Hodgson (1930).
Liverpool's biggest league victory over Chelsea here came in April 1935 when they won 6-0.
There has only ever been one goalless draw between the sides in the league on this ground in 67 league meetings. It came on 9th October 1971.
The Reds have failed to score in only two of the last 30 home league meetings with Chelsea.
In the last three seasons that they have done the double over Liverpool, Chelsea have gone on to win the Premier League title.
Last season Chelsea scored 103 goals during the league campaign - the most in their history. Didier Drogba top scored with 29.
Conceded only three goals in the league this season - all away from home.
Conceded just two goals in the last seven games in all competitions.
In league and Champions League this season have yet to concede more than one goal in a game.
They completed the league and FA Cup double for the first time in their history in 2009-10.
They clinched the title with an 8-0 win over Wigan - their biggest ever league victory. It was the fourth time they scored at least seven in a game during the campaign - the best since Arsenal in the First Division in 1934-35.
Didier Drogba has scored 10 goals against Liverpool during his career - the first two for Marseille and eight for the Londoners.
Salomon Kalou has scored five league goals this season to equal his tally for the whole of 2009-10.
Branislav Ivanovic has scored three goals in his last two games.
Alex played his first game for Chelsea at Anfield in 2007 in the game that saw Fernando Torres score his first goal for the Reds.
The Blues have scored six times against Liverpool in the last eight league meetings home and away.
Chelsea's last hat-trick against the Reds was scored by George Mills in August 1937 at Stamford Bridge.
Only thee players have scored against Chelsea this season in the league. Carlos Tevez scored a winner for Manchester City, Scott Parker netted for West Ham at Upton Park in a 3-1 Chelsea win, while Benjani opened the scoring for Blackburn last weekend in his side's defeat.
So far away from home this season Chelsea have won 6-0 at Wigan, 3-1 at West Ham and 2-1 at Blackburn. They drew at Aston Villa (0-0) with the 1-0 defeat at the City of Manchester Stadium being their only reverse of the campaign.
Chelsea have failed to score in two of their opening ten league games after scoring in 37 of the 38 matches last season.
They have lost two of the last 20 league games, scoring 65 goals in the process.
They are currently on a run of six wins and a draw in seven games since losing at Manchester City in September.
Petr Cech leads the race for the Golden Glove. Going into this weekend's games he had seven shut-outs, three more than six other 'keepers.