As part of the impending changes to television rights, Friday Night Football will feature a minimum of ten times this season ahead of further changes in the ensuing Premier League Campaigns. Following Zlatan’s heroics in the season’s first Friday night clash, both Jurgen Klopp and Antonio Conte will be hoping that their own star men can produce an equally decisive performance in what is truly the first heavyweight clash to take place on Friday in recent Premier League history.
With both teams set to benefit from a week of no European football, each set of supporters will be confident their side can continue what has been a good start to the season – particularly in the case of Conte’s new look Chelsea who remain one of only four unbeaten sides in the league – having salvaged a late draw away to Swansea last Sunday, while Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool look equally impressive going forward having moved 5 goals clear of Chelsea as the Premier League’s top scorers this calendar year in the wake of their 4-1 victory over Leicester last Saturday in a rejuvenated Anfield.
With Guardiola’s Man City continuing to set the pace at the summit, it is important that neither of these teams drop all three points in what is an early battle for a top-four berth, if not a title run. The good form of Diego Costa and Sadio Mane will see those two start as the key men for this fixture, while the supporting cast of Eden Hazard, Phillipe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Willian and the much anticipated return of Chelsea’s David Luiz make this a fixture that should not be missed – even for the neutral!
#PunditsPrediction – Liverpool to continue their good away form against top four rivals with Daniel Sturridge firing the Reds to victory from a starting berth on the bench.