Premier League: Chelsea v Liverpool match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at the Stamford Bridge

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Captain John Terry returns as Chelsea look to get back to winning ways in the league after picking up a single point from six when they host Liverpool on Sunday.

Terry received a four-match ban in September for racially abusing Queens Park Rangers' defender Anton Ferdinand last season and sat on the bench in their 3-2 Champions League win against Shakhtar on Wednesday.

But the captain should line up this week at Stamford Bridge, in a boost for Chelsea's beleaguered defence, who have let through 10 goals in his absence from the side.

Liverpool are 12 points behind second-placed Chelsea in 12th position after their worst start to a league season in 101 years - sitting on 11 points from 10 matches.


KICK-OFF: Sunday, 1.30pm



Liverpool 4 (Essien OG, Henderson, Agger, Shelvey) Chelsea 1 (Ramires), Premier League, May 2012

Chelsea 2 (Ramires, Drogba) Liverpool 1 (Carroll), FA Cup, May 2012

Chelsea 0 Liverpool 2 (Rodriguez, Kelly), League Cup, November 2011



Fernando Torres scored five goals in four Premier League games against Chelsea while playing for Liverpool, but has netted none in the three for the Blues against the Reds since his switch

Chelsea have now gone five games without a clean sheet in the Premier League, their worst such spell since January

Liverpool have won four Premier League games against Chelsea in a row



The sides met on the final day of the 02/03 season ready to do battle for the final Champions League place; quite literally. Sami Hyypia put the Reds ahead but Marcel Desailly and Jesper Gronkjarer replied for Chelsea. Winning 2-1, Chelsea finished fourth, three points ahead of Liverpool.



Chelsea to win: 1.95

Liverpool to win: 3.80

Draw: 3.50


TV: Live on Sky Sports 1 at 4pm and highlights on BBC1 at 10.25pm