With the Premier League title secured last week, we can expect Stamford Bridge to be in a party mood as Liverpool come to town with the faintest of hopes of Champions League football next season.
It remains to be seen whether the Blues will indeed care about this fixture with practically nothing but professional pride left to play for this season.
But we can expect a fired-up Liverpool who, despite the seven points gap, might still harbour thoughts that they could still qualify for Europe’s top tier competition if they can win their remaining three fixtures and Man United continue their poor form.
The Reds will begrudgingly give the deserved League winners a guard of honour when they head out onto the pitch later today and looking back to last season’s late clash between the two sides it’s quite unimaginable this would have been the case.
Back then it was Liverpool on the cusp of an ultimately fruitless Premier League title charge with the Kop roaring again but now that giant seems to have gone back to sleep after a torrid few weeks, whilst Chelsea look back to near dominant status.
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For Chelsea, there’s literally no need to even risk Diego Costa – Mourinho saying last week if the title hadn’t have been wrapped up against Crystal Palace he might have played this game – and the Spanish international, along with Oscar, is definitely out.
The relative meaninglessness of the game could see the likes of Kurt Zouma given a go from the off, whilst exiled duo Petr Cech and Filipe Luis might also get a rare start.
For Liverpool, it will be interesting who Rodgers picks to lead his line with Daniel Sturridge out until the start of next season after undergoing hip surgery, but Mario Balotelli is fit once again.
The Italian returned to training in the week after a foot problem, whilst Lucas Leiva might also be able to start once again.
Brendan Rodgers might be eager for a win and some modicum of revenge for last season’s 2-0 loss to the Blues at Anfield, but Chelsea are in fact unbeaten in their last seven league gams against Liverpool, winning four and drawing three.
And the Reds are hardly on a great run with their win last week against relegation threatened QPR their second in only six league games.
It will be Steven Gerrard’s last visit to Stamford Bridge this weekend, and you suspect he’ll want to make it one to remember.