EPL weekend preview

Premiership

The Blues head into this encounter brimming with confidence as the only English Premier League team yet to lose this season. Jose Mourinho’s men have been merciless in the League thus far, scoring 26 goals in their eight wins and two draws – both 1-1 scorelines against Manchester rivals United and City.

Should Chelsea avoid defeat at Anfield, they will set a new record of 17 matches unbeaten in all competitions since the start of the season.

Perennial goal-scorer Diego Costa will also be looking to rewrite the Chelsea history books. The Spanish striker currently has nine EPL goals, and should he add another on the weekend, he will become the second fastest Chelsea player to reach double figures in the League.

Hosts Liverpool, on the other hand, have endured a difficult run of late and currently lie 7th in the English standings, 12 points behind their weekend opponents.

Their 1-0 loss against Real Madrid in Europe this week was Brendan Rodgers’ third loss in his last five matches, and Liverpool’s third straight loss in the Champions League – a first for them in the competition. The Reds have been dismal upfront, scoring just two goals in their last five matches as they eagerly await the return of star frontman Daniel Sturridge, who is still sidelined through injury.

Liverpool have not managed to beat Chelsea in their last four Premier League matchups, but will take heart from their historical dominance over the Blues at Anfield – in 77 matches played in front of the Kop, Liverpool have won 48 compared to Chelsea’s 12, a 62% win percentage.

The titanic match-up between the two rivals is Saturday’s early kick-off, scheduled for 14:45 South African time.

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In other English Premier League match-ups, Manchester United, who were edged by crosstown rivals Manchester City in their last Premier League outing, will look to end their three-match winless streak when they take on Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.

Elsewhere, reigning champions Manchester City travel to second-from-bottom QPR while sixth takes on fourth as Swansea City host Arsenal on Sunday afternoon.

Weekend Premier League fixtures:

Liverpool vs Chelsea         
Burnley vs Hull City         
Manchester United vs Crystal Palace         
Southampton vs Leicester City         
West Ham United vs Aston Villa         
QPR vs Manchester City         
Sunderland vs Everton         
Tottenham Hotspur vs Stoke City         
West Bromwich vs Newcastle United         
Swansea City vs Arsenal

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