Liverpool host Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday with the title race hanging delicately in the balance. It looks set to be another gripping game between two sides who have already met twice this season, but can the statistics tell us what the likeliest outcome will be? Here’s five you need to know ahead of the 16:30pm kickoff…
The Blues are unbeaten in eight matches at Anfield in all competitions since a 4-1 defeat in May 2012 (W3, D5).
Anfield has become a fortress in recent years but it’s an enjoyable stomping ground for Chelsea, who are unbeaten there in their last eight visits, spanning back almost seven years. And that should be a worry for Liverpool because if Manchester City beat Crystal Palace prior to their showdown with the Blues, a draw won’t be enough to hold onto pole position – that will leave them in second place on goal difference, with both teams boasting 83 points.
There have been just two clean sheets in the last 10 Premier League meetings.
A statistic that bodes well for the neutrals. During their last 10 top flight encounters, dating back to the end of the 2013/14 season, there have only been two clean sheets in this fixture, both surprisingly being claimed by Chelsea. In fact, Liverpool’s last home clean sheet against Chelsea in the Premier League was in 2011 when future Blue Raul Meireles scored the only goal in a 1-0 win.
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Chelsea are the only club yet to have a player sent off in this season’s Premier League. Their most recent red card was shown to Tiemoue Bakayoko against Watford in February 2018.
It seems remarkable considering only Leicester City picked up more than their four red cards last season, but Chelsea are currently the only team in the division yet to have a player sent off this term. Perhaps that’s a consequence of Maurizio Sarri’s style of play, because the Blues rank third-bottom for yellow cards as well, but Chelsea should be concerned that they might be due a red this weekend.
Eden Hazard has scored seven goals against Liverpool throughout his career, his joint-most versus any opponent.
The last thing Liverpool fans will want to see is a positive omen for Eden Hazard, a world-class talent who really doesn’t need luck on his side. But the Belgian simply loves playing against the Reds, 16 appearances producing seven goals and two assists. The only clubs he’s scored as many against are Newcastle, West Brom and Bournemouth.
Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 37 home league games (W27, D10), the joint-second longest such streak in Premier League history.
Liverpool’s home record over the last few seasons has been nothing short of remarkable, and that has really provided them with the confidence to build this title push upon. Their last Premier League defeat at Anfield was in April 2017, when former Red Christian Benteke netted a brace for Crystal Palace. It’s the joint-second longest streak in Premier League history, but can Chelsea bring it to an end this Sunday?