Chelsea's busy week concludes with a trip to Anfield on Sunday to take on the league leaders. Club statistician Paul Dutton begins our Liverpool preview...
Chelsea In Numbers
Maurizio Sarri’s side go into the weekend third in the table for the first time since 4 December.
The Blues have won three Premier League games in a row for the first time since September 2018 when we won our first five.
We have lost our last five Premier League away games against fellow ‘big six’ opponents, including all three this season by an aggregate score of 1-11.
However, the Blues have won three of our last four away league games against sides starting the day top, including a 2-0 victory at Anfield in April 2014.
Eden Hazard has had a hand in more goals than any other Premier League player this season (28 - 16 goals and 12 assists). The only league season in which the Belgian has been involved in more goals was in 2011/12 with Ligue 1 club Lille (36).
Last week’s brace against West Ham took Hazard to 108 Chelsea goals and he is now our equal ninth all-time scorer.
Chelsea top scorers: Lampard 211, Tambling 202, Dixon 193, Drogba 164, Bentley 150, Osgood 150, Greaves 132, Mills 125, Hazard 108, Hilsdon 108, Bridges 93.
Last six games
Premier League scorers
Hazard 16 (4 pens), Pedro 8, Loftus-Cheek 5, Morata 5, Barkley 3, Higuain 3, Kante 3, Willian 3, David Luiz 2, Giroud 2, Jorginho 2 (1 pen), Alonso 1, Azpilicueta 1, Rudiger 1, own-goals 2
League games since
An away win: 0
An away draw: 13
An away defeat: 1
Chelsea’s next three games
Thursday 18 April - Chelsea v Slavia Prague - Europa League
Monday 22 April - Chelsea v Burnley - Premier League
Sunday 28 April - Manchester United v Chelsea - Premier League
Davide Zappacosta’s next appearance will be his 50th for Chelsea in all competitions.
LIVERPOOL IN NUMBERS
18 League championships, last in 1990
7 FA Cups, last in 2006
8 League Cups, last in 2012
15 FA Charity/Community Shields (5 shared), last in 2006
5 European Cups, last in 2005
3 UEFA Cups, last in 2001
3 UEFA Super Cups, last in 2005
The Reds’ last top-flight win was in the old First Division 29 years ago with Kenny Dalglish as manager, when a points total of 79 was enough to lift the trophy in 1990.
Liverpool have won more points (82) from 33 games in 2018/19 than they have at this stage in any other top-flight campaign.
Liverpool have lost just one league game this season - at Manchester City in January.
Liverpool have won 14 of their 16 home league games so far this term, drawing the other two. We are the last of the ‘big-six' teams to play at Anfield. They have beaten Man Utd (3-1), Arsenal (5-1), Tottenham (2-1) and drawn 0-0 with Man City.
The Reds are unbeaten in their last 17 Premier League games against fellow big-six sides at Anfield (nine wins, eight draws), since a 0-1 loss to Man Utd in January 2016.
Liverpool are unbeaten in their past 37 Premier League games at Anfield – only once in their top-flight history have they had a longer unbeaten home run (63 between Feb 1978 and Dec 1980).
Liverpool have not lost a Premier League home game in nearly two years, last losing against Crystal Palace on 23 April 2017. Their unbeaten 37-game run includes 27 wins and 10 draws – only Chelsea (86 games between March 2004 and October 2008) have recorded a longer such streak in the competition.
Liverpool have the best defensive record in the Premier League this term, conceding 20 goals (10 at home and 10 away).
Jurgen Klopp takes charge of Liverpool for the 200th time on Sunday.
Days in charge: 1,284
Klopp’s managerial record against Chelsea:
Premier League scorers
Salah 18 (3 pens), Mane 17, Firmino 12 (1 pen), Shaqiri 6, Milner 4 (2 pens), Van Dijk 3, Origi 2, Sturridge 2, Wijnaldum 2, Alexander-Arnold 1, Fabinho 1, Henderson 1, Keita 1, Lovren 1, Matip 1, own-goals 3.
LIVERPOOL’S LAST PREMIER LEAGUE GAME
Friday 5 April
Southampton 1 Liverpool 3
Team 4-3-3: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold (Henderson 59), Matip, Van Dijk (c), Robertson; Wijnaldum (Milner 59), Fabinho, Keita (Lovren 88); Salah, Firmino, Mane.
Booked Salah, Robertson, Alexander-Arnold, Mane
Scorers: Keita 36, Salah 80, Henderson 86
League games since
A home win: 0
A home draw: 4
A home defeat: 37
There are no suspensions.
From this season yellow cards count only for the competition in which they are received. The deadline for suspension for accumulating 10 bookings has passed. Players must now avoid accruing 15 cautions before the before the end of the season to escape a three-match ban.
Premier League bookings
Jorginho 7, Rudiger 7, Alonso 6, Azpilicueta 3, David Luiz 3, Kante 3, Morata 3, Arrizabalaga 2, Hazard 2, Barkley 1, Christensen 1, Fabregas 1, Giroud 1, Kovacic 1, Pedro 1, Willian 1
THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Michael Oliver is the official for his second Blues game in just over a month and fifth overall this season. He was the man in charge of our home games with Wolves, Crystal Palace and Man City, and our away Carabao Cup tie at Tottenham.