Premier League sides Chelsea and Liverpool go head-to-head in the International Champions Cup at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
Rose Bowl, Pasadena, United States
Key Stat: Liverpool have only won one of their last six games against Chelsea.
Expert Verdict: Liverpool look to have the weaker of the squads at the International Champions Cup, although both of these Premier League sides are without a whole host of key players. Conte and Klopp both appear likely to experiment with both team line-ups and formations, so picking a winner is tough, but Chelsea can secure a narrow win in this ICC group game.
Liverpool could well be dark horses for the Premier League title this year and how they perform at the International Champions Cup might offer a clear sign of their progress under Jurgen Klopp.
Serbian midfielder Marko Grujic, who was out on loan last season, has impressed as Liverpool have racked up four unbeaten games in pre-season so far, while Brazil international Roberto Firmino has been used in a starting role. Jon Flanagan is not on tour with the squad as the young full-back mulls over a potential loan move to Premier League newcomers Burnley.
Karius, Randall, Leiva, Lovren, Moreno, Stewart, Ejaria, Grujic, Mane, Coutinho, Firmino
New Chelsea coach Antonio Conte has been focusing hard on fitness during pre-season as he aims to mould a title-winning side out of the 2014-15 Premier League champions, who were far below expectations last year.
John Terry is potentially entering his last year at the club, while a host of players who have spent a lot of time out on loan are hoping to impress Conte enough to win a place in the Italian's first-team squad. A lot of stars who played at Euro 2016 are absent.
Begovic, Aina, Ivanovic, Terry, Djilobodji, William, Oscar, Moses, Traore, Matic, Costa
Chelsea have the edge in the head-to-head record between the sides, winning two of the last six meetings against Liverpool, who have won just one of that sequence of matches. The last cup match between Chelsea and Liverpool also saw the Blues come out on top, but they needed extra-time to seal a 1-0 win in the League Cup in the 2014-15 season. Liverpool finished eighth in the Premier League last season, two places above Chelsea.
Chelsea and Liverpool both arguably underachieved last season, even though the Reds reached two cup finals, both of which they lost. Chelsea will be looking to bounce back from a disastrous Premier League title defence and the Blues might well come out on top in this ICC clash.
The bookmakers have made Chelsea narrow favourites for this game, with Conte's men available to back at odds of 11/8 to win the match in 90 minutes, with Liverpool priced up at as big as 2/1. The draw looks to be reasonable value at 5/2, while both teams to score is an appealing 3/4.