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Chelsea will look to make it four out of five as they face Liverpool on their first Friday night match of the season. Liverpool will be the toughest test of Conte’s reign, while as a whole they have had an inconsistent season; they breezed past current champions, Leicester, in their latest game.

There is reason for excitement for many Chelsea fans as in his press conference Conte confirmed that in the absence of John Terry the newly resigned David Luiz will make his second debut for Chelsea.

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Team News

Centre backs John Terry (Ankle) and Kurt Zouma (Knee ligament) will both miss the match, the rest of the team remain available.

Sakho (Back) is expected to miss the match. Lovren (eye) and Can (Ankle) could be available.

Best odds

Chelsea 13/10, Liverpool 9/4, Draw 5/2

First goalscorer: Diego Costa 5/1, Daniel Sturridge 13/2, Roberto Firmino 7/1, Eden Hazard 7/1

What the manager says

Chelsea manger Antonio Conte

“A strong match against a strong team.”

“I think Liverpool is a really good team, they play with an intensity and bring many, many players in offensive situations.”

“We must pay great attention tomorrow.”

Head to head

 

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Predicted Line-up

Chelsea

Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Luiz, Azpilicueta, Matic, Kante, Oscar, Willian, Hazard, Diego Costa

Liverpool

Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Matip, Milner, Lallana, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Mane, Coutinho, Firmino

Key Stats

Chelsea have scored at least 2 goals in their last 4 matches in the Premier League.

Chelsea are undefeated in 12 of their last 13 home matches in the Premier League.

Chelsea are undefeated in 10 of their last 11 matches against Liverpool in all competitions.

Liverpool are undefeated in 4 of their last 6 matches against Chelsea in all competitions.

Liverpool have scored 14 goals in all competitions so far this season (5 matches).

Chelsea have conceded 6 goals in all competitions this season, Liverpool have conceded 7 during the same period.

Where to watch live

Kick-off is at 8pm (UK time).

Live coverage is on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD.

Radio commentary of the game is available on BBC Radio 5 Live.

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