Chelsea v Liverpool team news & stats: Lovren & David Luiz to start

Date published: Thursday 15th September 2016 3:56

Dejan Lovren: Liverpool defender back after eye injury

Dejan Lovren: Liverpool defender back after eye injury

Team news and all the relevant stats ahead of Chelsea’s home clash with Liverpool on Friday night, with Dejan Lovren expected to return for the Reds.


David Luiz will start for Chelsea in place of captain John Terry when they host Liverpool on Friday night.

Defender Terry suffered an ankle injury during the 2-2 draw with Swansea on Sunday and was ruled out for around 10 days.

Boss Antonio Conte confirmed Luiz would make his first appearance for Chelsea since his £34million deadline-day switch from Paris Saint-Germain in Terry’s absence.


defender Dejan Lovren is expected to return to the starting line-up to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge after an eye injury.

The Croatia centre-back missed Saturday’s 4-1 win over Leicester after sustaining a badly-bruised eye in training and midfielder Lucas Leiva had to deputise.

Midfielder Emre Can is back in training after an ankle problem but is not yet match fit, while manager Jurgen Klopp has to decide whether to bring back Philippe Coutinho after he was rested following a long trip back from international duty with Brazil.

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  • This will be the 53rd meeting between these two sides in all competitions this century, more than any other two teams in English professional football.
  • Chelsea have lost just once in their last eight Premier League games against Liverpool, though that was in this exact fixture last season (W3 D4).
  • Jurgen Klopp recorded his first Premier League win versus Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in October 2015.
  • Chelsea have lost just once on a Friday in the Premier League, losing 4-2 to Charlton Athletic in December 2003 (W2 D3).
  • Liverpool have won four of their last five Premier League games contested on a Friday, losing the other to Arsenal in April 2004.
  • If Chelsea win, it will be the 27th home win in this fixture in the Premier League (currently 13 each) – no Premier League fixture has had more (Liverpool v Newcastle also 27).
  • Diego Costa has scored five goals in his last five Premier League appearances, including four in four under Antonio Conte this season.
  • The Reds have scored more Premier League goals in 2016 than any other side (50), with 24 of these coming away from home – a joint league-high alongside Tottenham.
  • Chelsea have kept just one clean sheet in their last 14 home league games, though this was in their last fixture against Burnley (3-0).
  • The Blues have won their last two home league games – they’ve not won three in a row at Stamford Bridge since May 2015, when they sealed the Premier League title against Crystal Palace.
  • Jurgen Klopp’s side have conceded in each of their last eight Premier League away games – they last went nine without a clean sheet in May 2005.
  • Antonio Conte has not lost any of his last 30 home league matches as a manager (W28 D2 L0) – his last home defeat in league competition came on January 6th 2013 for Juventus against Sampdoria. He has won his last 21 league games at home as a manager.
  • Chelsea have only allowed their opponents seven shots on target in their four Premier League games so far (a league-low) but they have conceded four goals from these.

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