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Fernando Torres
Fernando Torres [Reuters]

Chelsea face Liverpool in the last Premier League fixture of the year on Sunday at Stamford Bridge.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 4:00pm GMT. Live coverage is on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD. Radio commentary of the game will be on BBC Radio 5 Live. Catch the highlights of the game on Match of the Day 2 on BBC One and BBC One HD at 10:30pm GMT.


Jose Mourinho is furious with his strikers' lack of finishing abilities. The west London club's three strikers have together amassed only five goals in the league this season. The Blues's top scorer this season in the Premier League is Eden Hazard with 7 goals, including the solitary goal in the 1-0 victory against Swansea City on Boxing Day.

Chelsea are currently third in the league table with 37 points while Liverpool are hot on their tails with one less point. In their last two games, the west London club have not conceded a single goal and Petr Cech will be hoping to maintain a clean sheet in today's crucial fixture against their title rivals.

All eyes will be on Luis Suarez, due to his infamous "bite-gate" with Branislav Ivanovic in the corresponding fixture at Anfield last season. That game ended in a 2-2 draw, courtesy of Suarez's goal in injury time.

Luis Suarez (L) and Branislav Ivanovic
Luis Suarez and Branislav Ivanovic during the famous bite-gate incident at Anfield. [Reuters]

However, after incurring a 10-match ban for that incident, the Liverpool striker has come full circle scoring 19 times in the league in 13 matches played this season. The Uruguayan also captained the Reds in their last three games and is likely to retain the armband for this crucial fixture as well.

Liverpool come into this game with high spirits despite the 2-1 defeat away to Manchester City on Boxing Day. The Reds fought valiantly while Brendan Rodgers felt his team were unlucky to leave the Etihad empty-handed and were undone by some incorrect decisions by the officials.

Under Rodgers, the Merseyside club have not lost two games on the trot. Liverpool have scored a staggering 43 goals, the second highest in the Premier League this season. Mourinho is still unbeaten at Stamford Bridge in the league and the northern Irishman will be hoping for his side to end that streak and finish 2013 with all the three points away from home.

What Managers Say

Jose Mourinho: "Brendan is doing fantastic but he is training every week in a calm way with one week to prepare every game which is a big advantage compared to other teams, not in terms of resting but in terms of work. I have not done many tactical work sessions since pre-season."

Brendan Rodgers: "Chelsea have a lot of quality. They are a club that over the last 10 years has been up there as one of the most successful in the country and in Europe. How they've been building up that squad and that team and how they've changed it has been remarkable really."

Form Guide


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W D L W W
  • Last Result: Chelsea 1-0 Swansea City


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): L W W W W
  • Last Result: Manchester City 2-1 Liverpool

Team News

Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers [Reuters]


  • Injured: N/A
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: Ramires

Probable Line-Up: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Lampard; Mata, Oscar, Hazard; Torres


  • Injured: Jose Enrique (knee), Sebastian Coates (knee), Jon Flanagan (hamstring), Steven Gerrard (hamstring), Daniel Sturridge (ankle), Victor Moses (ineligible)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Line-Up: Mignolet; Kelly, Toure, Sakho, Johnson; Henderson, Allen, Lucas; Sterling, Suarez, Coutinho