F.A Cup, Tuesday, Stamford Bridge, Kick-off: 7.45pm
Prediction: 2-0 Liverpool
Chelsea host Liverpool in the FA Cup on Tuesday night, with both sides entering the tie following poor results in the Premier League last week. Leaders Liverpool suffered their first league defeat of the season as they were stunned 3-0 by strugglers Watford on Saturday, while Chelsea were forced to rescue a 2-2 draw at Bournemouth – another side fighting for top-flight survival – earlier in the day. With Manchester City having claimed the first major domestic trophy of the season by beating Aston Villa for the Carabao Cup title on Sunday, Liverpool and Chelsea will both hope the FA Cup does not evade their grasp. A key question heading into the teams’ fifth-round FA Cup fixture on Tuesday will be how each manager looks to respond to their weekend results, with Reds boss Jurgen Klopp potentially having to place greater emphasis on the tie than he would have before defeats to Atletico Madrid and Watford – despite what he said this week.
Liverpool should win this fixture easily.
Liverpool faced an unexpected hurdle in the Champion's League as they lost 1-0 to Athletico de Madrid. They do have a great defensive set up but Liverpool with their attacking capability was supposed to get through them but that didn't happen. They will be anxious to make sure that they get past Chelsea without much fuss. To add to this, their dreams of repeating the feat of Arsenal in their invincible era ended with a defeat against Watford! It was a result which sent shockwaves around football - the biggest margin of victory for a team in the relegation zone against top of the table since 1985 - and Klopp may hope that it also sends shockwaves throughout his squad. However, it is important to keep the defeat in context and there will certainly be no overreaction from inside the Liverpool camp given that they still boast a 22-point lead at the top of the table and were on the joint-longest winning streak and second longest unbeaten run in English top-flight history going into the weekend.
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