EPL Preview: Arsenal Battle Liverpool At Anfield; Lampard Seeks First Win.

Liverpool vs Arsenal

Arsenal will be facing their toughest test so far in the new season as they travel to Anfield to face Liverpool. Both teams recorded maximum three points in their first two games this new season but the Gunners will have to break the jinx of not winning at the Anfield in the last seven years if they are to be considered as serious contenders. Arsenal’s last three visits to Liverpool have produced 5-1, 4-0 and 3-1 defeats. There was another 5-1 humiliation in 2014 after Arsène Wenger’s team started the day as Premier League leaders. Arsenal’s quality up front could test a Liverpool defence that has not quite recaptured last season’s form.

Adrian looks likely to continue deputising for the injured Alisson Becker. Fabinho and Jordan Henderson are likely to return to midfield in place of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and James Milner. Naby Keita remains unavailable as he continues his recovery from a muscle strain

Stat of the match: Liverpool have won 11 consecutive Premier League matches, equalling their best-ever winning streak in the competition, previously set between February and April 2014 under Brendan Rodgers. Victory against Arsenal would see Liverpool equal their longest winning run in league competition (12 between April-October 1990 under Kenny Dalglish).

Liverpool’s Squad:
Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Gomez, Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Mane, Lonergan, Kelleher, Milner, Matip, Origi, Lovren, Lallana, Shaqiri, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Brewster, Larouci, Jones, Hoever

Doubtful Kelleher (wrist)

Injured Keïta (hip, 31 Aug), Alisson (calf, Sep), Clyne (knee, Jan)

Arsenal’s Squad:
Leno, Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, David Luiz, Monreal; Willock, Guendouzi; Pepe, Ceballos, Aubameyang; Lacazette Martínez, Kolasinac, Mustafi, Chambers, Torreira, Elneny, Willock, Mkhitaryan, Özil, Nelson, Martinelli

Doubtful Özil (ill), Xhaka (back)

Injured Holding, Smith Rowe (both knee, Sep), Bellerín (knee), Mavropanos (groin), Tierney (groin, all Oct)

Norwich City vs Chelsea

Chelsea will be visiting Carrow Road with Frank Lampard seeking for his first win as Chelsea Manager. Meanwhile, Norwich Coach, Daniel Farke found himself in an odd situation of having to play down high expectations from his side after a convincing performance over Newcastle. He said “Listen, we spent less than £1m this summer, Chelsea are the Europa League winners. We remain underdogs.”
There is more consternation for Lampard with the news that N’Golo Kanté is a doubt for the match, while Antonio Rüdiger remains unavailable. Norwich look set to name an unchanged side. Paul MacInnes
Chelsea are without fresh injury concerns and Willian could make his first start of the season after coming on as a substitute against Leicester following an injury. Callum Hudson-Odoi has returned to training but is not expected to make the matchday squad until after the international break. N’Golo Kante will be assessed ahead of the match after returning from injury last week.

Norwich Squad:
Krul, Aarons, Hanley, Godfrey, Lewis, Trybull, Leitner, Cantwell, Stiepermann, Stati, Pukki, Fährmann, McGovern, Heise, Byram, Tettey, McLean, Amadou, Idah, Roberts, Srbeny, Vrancic, Klose

Doubtful Amadou (match fitness), Idah (back)

Injured Zimmermann (knee, 31 Aug), Drmic (hamstring, 31 Aug), Hernández (knee, Dec)

Chelsea’s Squad:
Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Christensen, Emerson; Jorginho, Kante; Pedro, Mount, Pulisic; Abraham, Caballero, Giroud, Tomori, Kenedy, Alonso, Kovacic, Willian, Barkley, Batshuayi, Bakayoko

Doubtful Kanté (ankle)

Injured Rüdiger (knee, 30 Aug), Hudson-Odoi (calf, Sep), James (ankle, Nov), Loftus-Cheek (achilles, Jan), Van Ginkel (knee, Jan)

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