The race for the top four continues on Thursday as defending champions Liverpool take on fifth-placed Chelsea.
The Reds will start in sixth and a point behind their visitors. But both teams will be starting relieved that this encounter isn’t make or break in deciding whether or not they can go on to grab a place in the Champions League.
Following draws for Manchester United and Leicester City, the top four battle is being run by six clubs going for three spots rather than three clubs chasing fourth place.
Manchester United – 51 points
Leicester City -50 points
West Ham – 45 points
Chelsea – 44 points
Liverpool and Everton – 43 points
Liverpool host Chelsea at Anfield looking to win two league games in a row in what feels like forever. Indeed, before they beat relegation threatened Sheffield United 2-0, it was a case of four straight defeats for Jurgen Klopp’s champions.
Chelsea are a different prospect under Thomas Tuchel. Only Man City have picked up more points over the last six league games with the German mentor not having lost a game in nine outings as a Blues boss.
Under Tuchel, Chelsea have won four of their five on the road across all competitions which should add to Liverpool’s difficulties on the night.
Klopp is expected to start Alisson in goals while Fabinho and Diogo Jota could return. Thiago Silva and Tammy Abraham are the only fitness concerns for Chelsea.
Looking to predicting the result, the Reds aren’t in any great form and Chelsea have built up a stubborn defence under their new manager. Historically, the hosts are dominant in this tie winning five of the last six meetings across all competitions and each of the last four in the Premier League.
But usually form and history matter little once the ref blows his whistle.