Our match prediction:
Chelsea and Liverpool square off against each other in an all-English clash at Rose Bowl. The Blues suffered a shocking loss to Rapid Wien on Antonio Conte’s debut, but they did well to beat Wolfsberger in their final warm-up game. The former Juve coach mixed the squad in previous two friendly games, but there is every chance he is going to field the best possible side against Liverpool. The Reds, on the other hand, have been impressive in recent warm-up games and they will be looking to extend their winning run to five matches when they take on Chelsea at the start of their International Champions Cup campaign. Seeing that both teams are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in Thursday’s football match, we predict that over 2.5 goals will be scored at Rose Bowl. In previous three meetings between Chelsea and Liverpool both teams found the net.
Highligted Player (Benteke):
Christian Benteke, born on 3th of December 1990 is a Belgian football player with roots from Congo. Benteke started his career at KRC Genk and after playing for Standard Liege, KV Mechelen, KV Kortrijk and Aston Villa the striker got transferred to Liverpool. Benteke is 191cm and is known for being a very strong goal scoring striker. In May 2010 Benteke made his debut for the Belgian national team. Christian Benteke didn’t win any mayor prices yet. In the sason 2008/2009 he won the national league of Belgium. Benteke is signed by Nike and got transferred to Liverpool for 46 million euro which makes him the second most expensive football player from Belgium. Benteke’s nickname is The Beast or Bentegoal.
Highlighted Team (Chelsea):
Over the years Chelsea have established themselves as one of the dominant forces in the English Premier League. Roberto Di Matteo helped the team win their first ever Champions League trophy (2011/2012), but it has to be noted that they were more than fortunate to beat Bayern Munich in the title game. Chelsea have been playing at Stamford Bridge since 1876 and they are a real force to be reckoned with at home. The Blues have won seven FA Cups, five League Cups, two UEFA Cup Winners’ Cups and the UEFA Europa League. Rafael Benitez was in charge of the team that faced Benfica in the 2012/2013 Europa League final, with Branislav Ivanovic scoring the winner for the Blues in the title clash. After lifting the 2014/2015 Premier League trophy, the Blues largely struggled in the next campaign, which saw Jose Mourinho’s second spell with the club come to an end, and Antoine Conte went over to take the reigns for the 2016/2017 season.