Chelsea host champions Liverpool in heavyweight showdown

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2020-21 English Premier League

19-21 September 2020

Matchday 2 of 38 

Chelsea will be aiming to prove their title credentials when they host Liverpool in what promises to be a mouthwatering 2020/21 English Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Kick-off is at 17h30 CAT. 
Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp
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The Blues got their campaign off to a winning start with a 3-1 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion on Monday. Jorginho, Reece James and Kurt Zouma were all on target for the London club in a match in which both Timo Werner and Kai Havertz made their debuts. 
Frank Lampard has been fully backed by Chelsea's directors with the London club having gone big in the transfer window with the aim of making a push for Premier League glory. Thiago Silva, Hakim Ziyech and Ben Chilwell were also signed by the club in recent months. 
"We definitely want to close that gap to Liverpool - we have to have intentions to be up there even though it is a big ask to win [the title]," said Lampard. 

"We've had a lot of quarantines, a lot of players who aren't match fit. That's how this season has started. There's a lot of strain on these players and hopefully we'll get better and better."
Liverpool started their title defence with a 4-3 win over newly promoted Leeds United at Anfield. Mohamed Salah scored a hat-trick for the Reds while Virgil van Dijk also contributed with a goal. 
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah
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The corresponding fixture last season ended in a 2-1 win for Liverpool with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino on target for the visitors. Liverpool won the most recent meeting between the two clubs 5-3 in a match which had eight different goalscorers. 

Chelsea vs Liverpool head-to-head statistics: 

Matches played: 176
Chelsea wins: 60
Liverpool wins: 75
Draws: 41

English Premier League fixtures, matchday 2: 

Saturday, 19 September 
12:30 - Everton vs West Bromwich Albion
15:00 - Leeds United vs Fulham 
17:30 - Manchester United vs Crystal Palace 
20:00 - Arsenal vs West Ham United 
Sunday, 20 September 
12:00 - Southampton vs Tottenham Hotspur 
14:00 - Newcastle United vs Brighton & Hove Albion 
16:30 - Chelsea vs Liverpool 
19:00 - Leicester City vs Burnley  
Monday, 21 September 
18:00 - Aston Villa vs Sheffield United 
20:15 - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Manchester City 

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Published: 09/17/2020