Friday, October 24, 2008
Chelsea v LIVERPOOL FC
Here are all the pre-match stats and facts ahead of Sunday's trip to Chelsea:
# Head to head: (League only)
# Overall: Liverpool 58 wins, Chelsea 44 wins, 28 Draws.
# At Chelsea: Liverpool 15 wins, Chelsea 36 wins, 14 Draws.
# Should Liverpool win today it will be the 600th away victory in the top-flight in their history.
# Victory will give the Reds their best ever start to a Premier League season (outright). The current best is 21 points from the opening nine games set in 2002-03.
# Sami Hyypia could play the 450th game of his Liverpool career if selected.
# Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 15 league games - equalling their longest run under Rafa Benitez.
# The teams met three times at Stamford Bridge last season with Chelsea winning twice (in the League Cup and Champions League) with a goalless draw being played out in the league encounter.
# They clashed five times in total in 2007-08 with the two games at Anfield (in the league and Champions League) finishing in 1-1 draws after Liverpool had led in both.
# This is the 21st meeting between the sides since Rafa Benitez took over in 2004.
# Since the inception of the Premier League Liverpool have won 11 and lost 14 of the 32 meetings.
# Liverpool have won only once at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League. Bruno Cheyrou scored the only goal in January 2004. The only player still at Anfield who played that night is Sami Hyypia.
# Liverpool have lost ten of their last 12 league visits and won only one of the last 18.
# In the Premier League at Stamford Bridge, Liverpool have picked up just seven points out of a possible 48.
# Patrik Berger scored Liverpool's last hat-trick against Chelsea - at Anfield in October 1997.
# That is one of only four occasions when Reds players have scored three in a game against Chelsea - the others being James Stewart (1910), Fred Pagnam (1915) and Gordon Hodgson (1930). All were scored at Anfield.
# No player has ever scored a hat-trick for Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.
# Liverpool have not scored more than once in a League game on this ground in their last 12 visits since a 2-2 draw in December 1995 when Steve McManaman scored both goals.
# The Reds biggest victory on this ground came in December 1989 when they won 5-2.
# Liverpool's heaviest ever defeat at Stamford Bridge came on the opening day of the 1937-38 season when they lost 6-1.
# Last season the Reds kept only their second clean sheet in the last 13 league visits.
# Liverpool have led in Premier League matches this season for just 56 minutes in total.
# Seven of Liverpool's 13 league goals this season have been scored from the 77th minute onwards.
# Dirk Kuyt has scored as many league goals this season (three) as he did in the whole of last.
# Rafa Benitez is hoping to preside over his first league win on a ground of one of the other big four clubs.
# Last season's 3-2 Champions League defeat is the only time in the last nine visits to Stamford Bridge that Liverpool have scored.
# Liverpool and Chelsea league clashes have never produced three draws in succession.
# The Reds are the last team to prevent Chelsea from scoring in the Premier League. Since that goalless draw back in February the Blues have scored in all of their last 20 league games.
# Pepe Reina was controversially dismissed in the league meeting on this ground in February 2006.
# Jermaine Pennant's first goal for Liverpool came against Chelsea at Anfield in January 2007.
# Chelsea have not lost in their last 29 Premier League games since going down 1-0 at Arsenal last December.
# Frank Lampard scored in three games against Liverpool last season - twice from the penalty spot.
# They are currently unbeaten at Stamford Bridge in their last 86 league games since Arsenal won 2-1 in February 2004.
# They have a 100 per cent record away from home this season in the league but have won two and drawn two of their four games at the Bridge. Tottenham and Manchester Untied have played out 1-1 draws while Portsmouth (4-0) and Aston Villa (2-0) have both lost.
# Chelsea's last hat-trick in the fixture was scored by George Mills in August 1937 at Stamford Bridge.
# Chelsea have only conceded three goals in their 12 games this season in all competitions and have kept six consecutive clean sheets since Ji-Sung Park scored for Manchester United at The Bridge last month. They have played 10 hours and 12 minutes since that goal.
# The last team to breach their defence twice was Liverpool in the Champions League semi-final on this ground back in April.
# They have conceded more than once in a Premier League game on only one occasion in the calendar year of 2008 and that was a 4-4 draw with Tottenham at White Hart Lane with Robbie Keane scoring an 88th minute equaliser.
# Joe Cole could make his 150th league appearance for Chelsea.
# Current League Positions:
# Liverpool: Pld 8 Won 6 Drawn 2 Lost 0 Goals For 13 Against 6 Points: 20 Position: 2nd.
# Chelsea: Pld 8 Won 6 Drawn 2 Lost 0 Goals For 19 Against 3 Points: 20 Position: 1st.
# Leading scorers this season (League in brackets):
# Liverpool: Kuyt 5 (3), Torres 5 (5), Gerrard 4 (1), Keane 2 (0), Agger 1 (0), Babel 1 (1), Carragher 1 (1), Lucas 1 (0), Riera 1 (1), own goals 1 (1).
# Chelsea: Lampard 6 (3), Anelka 5 (4), Kalou 4 (3), J. Cole 3 (2), Malouda 3 (1), Belletti 2 (2), Deco 2 (2), Bosingwa 1 (1), Carvalho 1 (1), Terry 1 (0).
taken from LFC'S official website