CHE vs LIV Dream11: Chelsea host Liverpool in the FA Cup fifth round at Stamford Bridge as both the teams look to return to winning ways following the results in the Premier League at the weekend. Chelsea dropped two precious points at Dean Court as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Bournemouth despite taking the lead in the game. This is that stage in the season for Frank Lampard's team where every point dropped and every negative result could prove catastrophic as the club aims to steer towards the Champions League. That 2-2 draw followed subpar performance in the Champions League where Bayern Munich cut Lampard's team to shreds in an utterly dominating 0-3 win for the German side. The FA Cup is certainly a much-needed distraction for the Blues.
Indeed, it is the case for Liverpool as well who are smarting over their first league defeat of the season at the weekend, as a more hungry and motivated Watford team ran Liverpool ragged at Vicarage Road, winning 3-0 in the end. For some, that sort of result was coming from the Reds. For they have been rather sloppy since returning from the winter break, and Jurgen Klopp needs all his man-management skills to motivate his players in what is going to be a season-defining couple of weeks.
Host: Chelsea Visitors: Liverpool Competition: FA Cup Match Venue: Stamford Bridge Capacity: 40,834 Match Timing: March 04, @01:15 AM
Dream11 Football Prediction – Odds checker:
Chelsea to win: 2.64 (41/25), Probability to happen: 37.88% Liverpool to win: 2.64 (41/25), Probability to happen: 37.88% Draw: 3.78 (139/50), Probability to happen: 26.46%
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Dream11 Team Prediction: Chelsea vs Liverpool Team News:
Chelsea Team News:
Chelsea will miss their leading goal scorer Tammy Abraham due to an ankle injury.
Midfielder N'Golo Kante, who scored a wonderful goal against the same opponent when these two teams met earlier in the season, and winger Christian Pulisic are also on the sideline for this game.
Callum Hudson-Odoi is battling with a hamstring injury and will miss the clash against Liverpool.
Midfielder Jorginho is available and is expected to start despite picking up the 5th yellow card of the season at the weekend. As per new rules, Premier League bookings don't apply to domestic cup competitions.
Olivier Giroud is likely to get the nod up top, while in-form Marcos Alonso, Willians, Ross Barkley, and Mattew Kovacic all are expected to start as well.
Expect Kepa Arrizabalaga to replace Willy Caballero in the playing 11.
Chelsea key players:
Olivier Giroud: The former Arsenal man can take a leaf out of how Watford went about the business at the weekend, and Giroud is more than capable of harrowing Liverpool defenders.
Willian: His production in the final third may have subsided in the last couple of weeks, but he is a quality player.
Marcos Alonso: Chelsea's most in-form player at the moment. He scored twice against Bournemouth at the weekend.
Liverpool team news:
Captain fantastic Jordan Henderson remains sidelined for Liverpool. He has missed the last two games due to the hamstring injury he picked up against Atletico Madrid.
Naby Keita has been ruled out as well due to a hip problem, while winger Xherdan Shaqiri is out as well with a calf injury.
Right-back Nathaniel Clyne is a long-term injury absentee and won't feature here.
That said, Jurgen Klopp confirmed that midfielder James Milner and centre-back Joe Gomez are back to full fitness and will be available for selection.
It's not clear what formation or line-up Klopp will use in this game but expect changes.
Adrian will start for Liverpool in the playing 11.
Liverpool key players:
Takumi Minamino: Liverpool's winter signing is yet to get a consistent run-in in the side, but he will get a chance in this game.
Adam Lallana: With his contract expiring in the summer, he will look to make the most of his game-time in Liverpool shirt.
Divock Origi: Impact player. He can pull the rabbit out of the hat.
Curtis Jones: His wonderful goal against Everton put him under the limelight, but he hasn't had enough minutes to show his quality on a more consistent basis.