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Thanks to Eden Hazard superb goal Chelsea are leading the game, but Liverpool had their moments throughout the first half.

The Belgium international received the ball on the left, took on three Liverpool players and entered the area scoring an amazing goal with a left-footed shot into the bottom corner.

 

ChelseaBegovic; Azpilicueta, Mikel, Cahill, Baba Rahman; Fabregas, Matic; Pedro, Willian, Hazard; Traore

Subs: Amelia, Tomori, Kenedy, Loftus-Cheek, Palmer, Pato, Abraham

Manager: Guus Hiddink

LiverpoolMignolet, Clyne, Toure, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Milner, Lallana, Coutinho, Firmino, Sturridge

Subs: Bogdan, Skrtel, Smith, Lucas, Allen, Ojo, Benteke

Manager: Jurgen Klopp

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Chelsea and Adidas announced today they have mutually decided to end association in June 2017 instead of June 2023.

Adidas has been the sponsor for Chelsea since 2006 and Blues confirmed today on their official website that the agreement is going to expire six years earlier than planned before.

Thus the Blues will have a new technical kit partner for the 2017/18 season.

Adidas sponsored kits to 6 of the 20 teams in the Premier League but they’ve already decided to end partnerships with Southampton and Swansea in view of 2016/17 season.

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa might come back to Atletico Madrid, according to AS.

The Spaniard is reportedly willing to return to his former club and Colchoneros are expected to be keen on him, as their chairman Enrique Cerezo hopes to be able to sign him.

It is understood Atletico Madrid manager Diego Pablo Simeone wants Costa to remain competitive and revamp the attack.

Chelsea is reportedly not eager to sell the 27-year-old striker, but a €30m bid could be enough, despite he has received lucrative offers from Chinese Super League sides.

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Chelsea star Oscar told Sky Sports News HQ he’s frustrated due to the lack of playing time, but he is eager to stay at Stamford Bridge under new manager Antonio Conte.

The Brazil international, who has been left out from the 23-man squad for Copa America said: “It’s been very difficult for me, I had a great season last season, and I’m coming from two or three seasons of doing well, but I was one of those players who got injured at the start of the season.”

“When I came back, the team wasn’t doing so well and I found myself on the bench and in and out of the first team. I didn’t achieve the level I wanted to achieve but hopefully next season I can do better.”

“The arrival of Conte is great for the players. Obviously you have to prove yourself. I’m sure the coach has been following all the players individually.”

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According to the Daily Mirror Henrikh Mkhitaryan has failed to agree a new contract with Borussia Dortmund.

 

The Armenia International has just over a year of contract remaining on his current deal Borussia Dortmund which has alerted interest from Chelsea and Liverpool.

 

The 27 year old has scored 11 goals and has made 15 assists in 31 Bundesliga games for Thomas Tuchel’s.

 

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Liverpool are preparing for the Europa League final after nine years against Sevilla in Basel, but before that have to face Chelsea at Anfield in the second to last Premier League game.

TEAM NEWS

Liverpool

– Divock Origi, Jordan Henderson, Danny Ings, Joe Gomez, Jordan Rossiter and Danny Ward are unlikely to feature as they are suffering an injury;

Chelsea

– Blues captain John Terry ha been suspended for two games and won’t play at Anfield;

Pedro, Loic Remy and Kurt Zouma are still injured and are not expected to feature;

John Obi Mikel or Matic are expected to play alongside Cesc Fabregas, who played a stunning match in Chelsea last away victory against Bournemouth.

PREDICTED LINE UPS

LIVERPOOL (4-2-3-1) – Mignolet; Clyne, Toure, Lovren, Moreno; Can, Milner, Lallana, Firmino, Coutinho; Sturridge

Manager: Jurgen Klopp

CHELSEA (4-2-3-1) – Courtois; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Baba; Fabregas, Matic, Willian, Loftus-Cheek, Hazard; Diego Costa

Manager: Guus Hiddink

 

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Ahead of Chelsea’s game against Liverpool on Wednesday evening, we take a look at the odds on offer.

All odds provided by SkyBET (SB), Ladbrokes (L) and Coral (C), correct as of 10th May.

 

Full-time score:

Chelsea win: SB – 13/5 L – 5/2, C – 11/4

Draw: SB – 11/4, L – 13/5, C – 11/4

Liverpool win: SB – 19/20, L – 20/21, C – 19/20

 

First goalscorer:

Eden Hazard: SB – 10/1, L – 9/1, C – 13/2

Oscar: SB – 11/1, L – 11/1, C – 7/1

Diego Costa SB – 11/2, L – 11/2, C – 5/1

Pedro: SB – 9/1, L – 9/1, C – 8/1

Willian: SB – 10/1, L – 10/1, C – 10/1

No goalscorer: SB – 14/1, L – 10/1, C – 11/1

Philippe Coutinho: SB – 13/2, L – 7/1, C – 11/2

Roberto Firmino: SB – 11/2, L – 11/2, C – 11/2

Christian Benteke: SB – 9/2, L – 5/2, C – 5/1

Adam Lallana: SB – 9/1, L – 10/1, C – 7/1

Daniel Sturridge: SB – 7/2, L – 7/2, C – 9/2

 

Final Score:

Chelsea win:

1-0: SB – 12/1, L – 12/1, C – 14/1

2-0: SB – 20/1, L – 18/1, C – 20/1

2-1: SB – 11/1, L – 10/1, C – 11/1

3-0: SB – 45/1, L – 40/1, C – 40/1

3-1: SB – 28/1, L – 25/1, C – 25/1

Draw:

0-0: SB – 14/1, L – 14/1, C – 14/1

1-1: SB – 6/1, L – 6/1, C – 6/1

2-2: SB – 11/1, L – 11/1, C – 10/1

3-3: SB – 40/1, L – 33/1, C – 33/1

4-4: SB – 200/1, L – 150/1, C – 125/1

Liverpool win:

1-0: SB – 17/2, L – 17/2, C – 17/2

2-0: SB – 9/1, L – 10/1, C – 10/1

2-1: SB – 15/2, L – 15/2, C – 7/1

3-0: SB – 16/1, L – 16/1, C – 16/1

3-1: SB – 12/1, L – 12/1, C – 12/1

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Chelsea will be looking to bounce back from a surprise defeat at Sunderland last week as they face Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday night (20:00 GMT KO). 

Two goals from Fabio Borini and Jermain Defoe completed a shock turnaround for the Black Cats on Saturday, the relegation-threatened side coming out 3-2 winners against Guus Hiddink’s men at the Stadium of Light.

Chelsea have now lost three of their last six, but will lift themselves to within a point of eighth-placed Liverpool with a win on Merseyside.

Liverpool have been revitalised under Jurgen Klopp, the Reds having secured a place in the Europa League final in Basel later this month before comfortably overcoming Watford 2-0 last Sunday. However, their chances of European qualification for next season will look slim if they drop three points tomorrow.

In the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge, a fourth minute goal from Ramires wasn’t enough for Chelsea as Liverpool hit back thanks to a brace from Philippe Coutinho and a late strike from, Christian Benteke securing a 1-3 win for the visitors in what was Jurgen Klopp’s first game at the helm.

 

Last six games:

Liverpool: WDLLWW (includes two Europa League games)

Chelsea: WLLWDL

 

Team News:

– Klopp is expected to rotate his team having rested a number of first team regulars for the visit of Watford. Kolo Toure, James Milner, Emre Can, Nathaniel Clyne, Dejan Lovren and Daniel Sturridge are all set to feature.

– Liverpool have no other injury concerns.

– Chelsea are without talisman John Terry, who was sent off late on against Sunderland last weekend in what may be his final game for the club.

– Loic Remy (groin) and Kurt Zouma (knee) remain out.

 

Statistics:

– The Reds have won just one of their last seven games against Chelsea, but that win came earlier this season at Stamford Bridge (D3 L3).

– They have also failed to keep a clean sheet in their last nine against Chelsea.

– However, they are on a rich vein of form on home turf – unbeaten in their last seven, winning four.

– Chelsea and Liverpool have BOTH thrown away 14 points from winning positions this season – the highest tally in the league.

– Hiddink’s side have lost two of their last three away games.

– Diego Costa has been involved in 14 goals in his last 14 Premier League games (nine goals, five assists).

 

Starting XI last time out in the Premier League:

Liverpool (home vs. Watford, won 2-0): Mignolet, Flanagan, Skrtel, Lucas, Moreno, Allen, Stewart, Ojo, Ibe, Coutinho, Benteke.

Chelsea (away vs. Sunderland, lost 3-2): Courtois, Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Matic, Fabregas, Willian, Mikel, Hazard, Costa.

 

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The fans of Chelsea football club are plotting a walk-out during their last 2 games of the Premier League season in protest to the non-renewal of captain John Terry‘s contract.

Terry‘s Chelsea career came to the worst possible ending after seeing the red card in stoppage time in the game with Sunderland at the weekend. Therefore, Terry will miss his own farewell party if Chelsea insist on letting the Blues legend leave.

The Chelsea supporters are hoping that the protest will hit home to the directors of the club showing them how much the fans think of the former England international and how much they believe he deserves a contract extension.

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Guus Hiddink press conference ahead of Liverpool away game in Premier League:

TERRY – “He’s been training the recent days, of course when you come on the pitch after being sent off it’s not the best face, not being in the last game, in the last two games is a blow for him

“When I make a judgement on his playing, I say he’s able to play, to continue.

“The season was not a great season, it’s always good to have the key players playing, I think with Leicester it should be a party game, not just for them but also to say goodbye to this season.”

FUTURE SQUAD – “I am not going to give judgement about the players, they [next technical staff] are clever enough to be able to make their own judgement.”

NO EUROPE – “To not be in Europe for next season of course is a disaster, a football disaster, because Chelsea must be always in the top, so regarding that, yes, Chelsea should be there.”

MISSED TARGETS – “My first job was to get them out of the relegation zone asap, because you never know what can happen in the English league. There was this negative scenario, we did it fast, our other target were to go to FA cup finals and to progress in the Champions League, but this was not possible.

LIVERPOOL – “Everyone wants to be at the top next season, they have a very good skillful team, it’s nice to see them, they are an energetic team, with huge history.”

HIS FUTURE – “I’m going to France to watch the EURO and do some TV work, of course I will be on to help clubs or players, but not in the spotlight, this week we had a meeting with a company that advice young players, to develop, and I am an adviser for them, I like this very much.”

TERRY/FANS – “I don’t know the state of mind of the fans, once you have clear ideas of your future, then you can be transparent.

“That is the strategy of the club [to not claim officially if a contract will be extended before the end of the season] of course John[Terry] has been here for 18 years and he deserves a huge goodbye, that is never a goodbye, because whatever happens being away, usually they come back to help the club, but this is just my personal opinion, they can be very useful.”

TERRY FUTURE COACH – “I think the other day we were seating next to each other before the game in Bournemouth, and he felt good, many of my past players in that period on their career asked themselves what do to next, he’s always been a leader, he can make this step and he has to start to make a foundation to be a manager. You can use your experience to become a manager.”

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