Klopp’s Liverpool visit toothless Chelsea, plus three other EPL fixtures you should see this weekend


Chelsea Manager, Jose Mourinho, faces a make or mar tie as he welcomes Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool to Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

The Special one described his Merseyside counterpart as “one of the top managers in Europe”, but the German could likely deliver the final knockout punch to send the embattled Portuguese parking from London.

This mouth-watering heavyweight clash begins a weekend filled with exciting fixtures and rivalries in the Barclays Premier League.

  1. Chelsea vs. Liverpool

Kickoff: Saturday, 1:45pm

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Head-to-head: Chelsea 3, Drawn 3, Liverpool 4

Match facts

Chelsea are unbeaten in their last six Barclays Premier League meetings with Liverpool, winning three and drawing three.

The Blues have won one of their last five home league matches with Liverpool (D2 L2), although are they unbeaten in the last three (W1 D2).

Mourinho has only one of his previous four meetings with Jurgen Klopp, all in the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League (D1 L2), including the semi-final where Borussia Dortmund beat Real Madrid 4-3 on aggregate.

  1. Crystal Palace vs. Man United

Kickoff: Saturday, 4pm

Venue: Selhurst Park

Head-to-head: Crystal Palace 0, Drawn 2, Manchester 8

Match facts

Crystal Palace have never won a Barclays Premier League match against Manchester United, drawing two and losing 10, including each of the last four.

Louis van Gaal’s Man Utd have lost just one of their last six league matches (W4 D1 L1), keeping three clean sheets in the process.

Palace’s last league victory against Man Utd was a 3-0 success on the last day of the 1990/91 campaign.

Crystal Palace have lost four of their last six BPL matches.

  1. Swansea vs. Arsenal

Kickoff: Saturday, 4pm

Venue: Liberty Stadium

Head-to-head: Swansea 4, Drawn 1, Arsenal 3

Match facts

Swansea City are unbeaten in their last three Barclays Premier League meetings with Arsenal (W2 D1), after losing three of the five before that (W2).

Arsenal have lost just one of their last 11 BPL away matches (2-0 v Chelsea), winning nine and drawing one.

The Gunners have scored 1999 goals in all competitions under manager Arsene Wenger.

Mesut Özil has the best matches per assist rate in BPL history, averaging an assist every 2.71 matches (minimum 20 assists).

  1. Man City vs. Norwich

Kickoff: Saturday, 4pm

Venue: Etihad Stadium

Head-to-head: Manchester City 6, Drawn 3, Norwich 1

Match facts

Manchester City have lost just two of their 14 Barclays Premier League meetings with Norwich City, winning seven and drawing five.

Norwich are the only side yet to keep a clean sheet in the top flight this season.

Joe Hart currently has 100 BPL clean sheets with Man City and is only the sixth goalkeeper to hit that milestone with a single club in the competition. Petr Cech at Chelsea (162), David Seaman at Arsenal (137), Pepe Reina at Liverpool (134), Everton’s Tim Howard (112) and Peter Schmeichel at Manchester United (112) are the others.