In the English Premier League first round, the renewed Chelsea and Liverpool will meet. The match will occur on August 13 at Stamford Bridge and promises to give fans unforgettable emotions. The global betting company 1xBet presents opponents and analyzes the teams’ chances to win.
After the unsuccessful 2022/2023 season, the Chelsea management found the culprits and engaged in a large-scale restructuring. The club changed the management team and let players who did not meet the expectations go. Aristocrats figurehead Kai Havertz moved to Arsenal, Mason Mount was sold to Manchester United and Mateo Kovacic to Manchester City. Fans took the big sale with suspicion. Of course, the changes are overdue, but to give the leaders to direct competitors for the Champions League zone? Apparently, new Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino has a clear plan to bring the titled club back to the top with new players, but many of them are too young – the Londoners will start the season with the squad’s average age of 23.1 years. Fernandez, Reece James, Chukwuemeka, Mudryk and the currently injured Fofana are talents to win with, but Chelsea will be demanded results immediately. And if Pochettino copes with the first pressure, he will be able to surprise everyone this season.
Liverpool also faced a global crisis – even the perfect car breaks down if the oil is not changed on time. An unsuccessful season forced Jurgen Klopp to say goodbye to Milner and Henderson, and another club legend Fabinho was sold to Saudi Al-Ittihad. The champions have been replaced by Argentinian World Champion Mac Allister and Hungarian Szoboszlai, for whom a total of €112 million was paid. This is a midfield quality strengthening, but Liverpool still has enough work to do in the transfer market.
During the pre-season matches, the German manager actively used forward Darwin Nunez in the rotation. This striker can cross out the bad season and feature at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea and Liverpool have consistently drawn in their last four Premier League matches – there is no clear favorite even now. The renewed midfield of the Merseysiders showed itself well in test matches, and we should expect effective actions from it. Young and unpredictable Londoners have something to prove to the head coach and fans. The potential of the Pochettino team is huge, but the coach needs to decide on the first team.
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