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There’s no doubt about the showpiece event of the Premier League’s opening weekend with Mauricio Pochettino’s Chelsea taking on Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool at Stamford Bridge. Both clubs have endured similar summers, gutting their squads of unwanted or ageing players as each manager look to build newer, improved versions of their football clubs following campaigns that fell well short of expectations for the most part.  

For the first time in a long time, Chelsea will enter this one unable to call upon N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic and Mason Mount while the visitors have lost three leading stars of recent years in Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino. It’s time for the youngsters to stand up and lead by example and they will be the focus of this piece as we provide Chelsea vs Liverpool bet builder tips, focusing on key personnel and who will match up against who in the key battles.  

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Chelsea vs Liverpool Predicted Lineups

All-change under Pochettino for Chelsea 

Predicting the Chelsea XI has long been a problem for fans of the club and Premier League, something that Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping to change. Levi Colwill could finally break through this year and is expected to line up in a defence containing Reece James and Ben Chilwell after difficult campaigns. Conor Gallagher should be trusted in midfield, Nicolas Jackson will debut up top while Raheem Sterling, Mykhailo Mudryk and Carney Chukwuemeka will hope for stronger second seasons.  

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Klopp’s first chance to show off new midfield 

The major talking point this summer at Liverpool has been the changes in midfield with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita, Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and James Milner all departing. Curtis Jones excelled at the base of the England U21s midfield this summer and is likely to resume that role on opening day with Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai playing ahead of him to support the attack. The rest is pretty familiar – Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil Van Dijk and Mohamed Salah remain.  

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Chelsea VS Liverpool TEAM STATS 

Pochettino looking for huge improvement at Chelsea 

Chelsea had an absolutely disastrous campaign, one in which frustration boiled over amid an inability to find the back of the net and earn results. Chelsea scored 38 goals last season, an average of just one per match and their lowest total and at least 20 fewer than their next lowest league goals tally since 2000. And while they were the second-most fouled team in the league, through the design of a high-possession philosophy with plenty of technically gifted footballers, they picked up the fifth most yellow cards, at an average of 2.13 per 90.  

Klopp looking for more of the same but with defensive discipline 

Liverpool weren’t as far off as the league table suggested last season. They scored the third highest number of goals (75) and often dominated the ball in matches, sitting second for highest possession and most passes. They were even the third least fouled team in the league. Their problems lay defensively where they conceded 47 goals, something that held them back until mid-February when they stormed towards the top four, just falling short despite keeping nine clean sheets in their final 18 matches.  

Chelsea VS Liverpool PLAYERS TO WATCH 

Time for Gallagher to rise 

There has been an awful lot of chopping and changing at Chelsea again this summer but it provides those that are left with an opportunity to make something of themselves, and Conor Gallagher looks prime to do so under a manager that loves to give opportunities to young footballers. Gallagher had a wild first full season at Chelsea, playing a number of midfield roles. He managed to get off 1.55 shots per 90 but his real numbers come in the form of ill-discipline, committing an impressive 1.94 fouls and 11 yellow cards.

Captain James reporting for duty 

Reece James had a tough, tough year. He managed just 13.8 90s across the season and also missed out on the World Cup. The 23-year-old will be hoping to put all that behind him and the announcement of him as captain suggests he’s going to play a big part under Mauricio Pochettino.

In 2021-22, James finished the season with five goals and nine assists in 20.7 90s. Furthermore, he has regularly averaged over a shot per 90 minutes and has been fouled 1.5 and 1.3 times per 90 in his last two seasons.  

Jackson set to start the season 

One of Chelsea’s biggest issues last season was the lack of a focal point and striker – Nicolas Jackson will hope to rectify that. The 22-year-old stepped into the Villarreal first team last season and his 17.8 90s he produced 12 goals and four assists – almost a goal contribution per 90 minutes. Those numbers came from 2.31 shots and 1.3 shots per 90, showing he has an appetite for getting into goalscoring positions. He’s also not afraid to make himself a nuisance, drawing 1.46 fouls from opponents from while committing 1.8 per 90 minutes.  

Mo Salah remains the big dog for Liverpool 

Mo Salah didn’t take the limelight so much last season with Erling Haaland and Harry Kane doing bits and the talk was that his form levels had dropped after signing a big new contract. It wasn’t really the poor season that was spoken of – Salah finished the season with 31 goal contributions, scoring 19 and assisting 12, around a goal contribution per 90 minutes.

Vice-captain Trent ready to lead 

Trent Alexander-Arnold remains a divisive figure to many with the 24-year-old continuing to receive criticism for his defensive contribution while everybody lauds about his technical prowess. It’s the latter we have to focus on here. The newly-named vice-captain at Liverpool was heavily involved in the Reds’ build-up play last season, averaging 89.6 passes per 90 and that will increase with his role changing slightly so that he gets involved in midfield during build-up play.

He averaged 1.23 shots per 90 and his assist numbers were excellent, managing nine direct assists and over nine expected assists – he had the fourth-highest expected assists numbers in the league per 90 minutes.  

Wildcard Nunez could be set for a big year 

Darwin Nunez didn’t set the world alight as anticipated last season following his big-money move but there are plenty of reasons to believe that now he has settled, he is set for a big second year at Liverpool. A big reason for that is the number of shots he gets away and the quality of those chances.

The Uruguayan managed a whopping 4.46 shots per 90 last season, the highest in the Premier League with his 1.86 shots on target also a high and his 0.64 xG per 90 amongst the highest in the division.

Chelsea VS lIVErpool MATCHUPS TO WATCH 

Conor Gallagher vs Alexis Mac Allister 

Conor Gallagher is a ball of energy and he will be desperate to make an impression in front of his home support and new manager on opening day, a fresh start for a young player with the potential to be a key member of the England side in the future. Gallagher does go over the top at times, receiving yellow cards into double figures and committing 1.94 fouls per 90 last season. He will be up against Dominik Szoboszlai and Alexis Mac Allister here. The latter is an impressive technician who was fouled an average of 1.78 times per game last season and 1.65 the season before.  

Nicolas Jackson vs Ibrahima Konate 

It’s good to have an aggressor and a composed figure in defence and that’s what Liverpool have with Virgil Van Dijk, a composed reader of the game and partner for Ibrahima Konate who enjoys using his physicality. Konate committed 1.6 fouls per 90 last season and that is something young striker Nicolas Jackson will want to expose – he was fouled an average of 1.46 times per 90 last season in Spain.

However, the young striker also committed plenty of fouls, his eagerness to do the right thing led to him committing 1.8 fouls per 90 and Pochettino will demand that level of intensity from the front.  

Reece James vs Darwin Nunez 

A huge clash and a big challenge for both players as the lively and powerful Nunez faces up against James. Nunez is a wildcard and enjoys the physical battles so he can flex his power and strength – he committed 1.33 fouls last season, the second-fewest in his last four seasons and he was fouled just shy of once per 90.

Balancing James’ game against each season is difficult given the constant chopping and changing at Chelsea but he has committed an average of 0.97 fouls per 90 and has been fouled 1.25 times per 90 or more in three of his last four seasons.  

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