Liverpool is still licking their wounds after being comprehensively beaten by Watford at the weekend. The possibility of a rebound is swift though with an away tie in the FA Cup coming up Tuesday evening. Liverpool is facing a home side who has experienced a few disappointments too lately. Who will turn things around first at Stamford Bridge?
Chelsea is coming off a disappointing 2-2 draw at Bournemouth in the Premier League. They needed a late equalizer from Marcos Alonso to salvage a draw. The Spaniard had some making up to do after a stupid red card against Bayern Munich in the Champions League. After beating soundly beaten by Bayern, Chelsea will now focus on the FA Cup for some silverware this season.
A few changes to spice up things
Frank Lampard will most likely make a few changes for this match to keep the side fresh in the midst of a busy schedule. Players like Kurt Zouma, centreback Antonio Rüdiger, Ross Barkley and Batshuayi all seem likely candidates to come back into the starting eleven.
Liverpool comes into this FA Cup fifth-round clash with Chelsea are suffering their first defeat in the league since January 2019. It ended an amazing run of 44 matches unbeaten in the Premier League and prevented them from making a record alone. They now remain tied with Manchester City on 18 wins on the spin. And boy did they lose when it finally occurred. After opening the scoring in the 2nd half Watford never looked back.
Jürgen Klopp will almost certainly make some rotations for the visit to the Bridge. He has done so in the previous rounds of this competition and change of heart now will serve as a surprise. He may field a stronger line-up than he did against Everton and Shrewsbury in the previous rounds, but we still expect quite a few new faces compared to Saturday.
This match is bigger for Chelsea than it is for Liverpool and the home side has an excellent record in this competition. In their last 12 FA Cup matches, The Blues suffered only one defeat while winning nine. Their run is even better at home. They have lost just once in 15 home ties. In their last eight FA Cup matches at home, Chelsea managed seven clean sheets. We take aim for the home win.