London Lite Friday, 2 October 2009 43 LITESPORTLITESPORT IS WIN OR BUST Controversy Beck-ons after star of the Galaxy sits it out DAVID BECKHAM is at the centre of another club versus country row ahead of Englands World Cup qualifiers. Beckhams LA Galaxy take on Chicago Fire in a crucial MLS clash tonight, but their midfield star is nursing an Achilles injury and is rated as questionable to play. His team-mates are suspicious that Beckham, 34, is putting his World Cup hopes ahead of his clubs push for the championship and believe he is protecting his tendon in preparation for next weeks qualifiers against Ukraine and Belarus. A club insider said: We know the injury has been a problem for David in the past and it has flared up again recently. But it seems he is being ultra-cautious about testing it at the moment. Beckham came in for some stick from Galaxy fans earlier this year over his plans to return to AC Milan in a bid to boost his England chances. GEOFF TEATHER CHELSEA v LIVERPOOL PREMIER LEAGUE, LIVE ON SKY SPORTS 1 FROM 3.30PM (KICK-OFF: 4.00PM) Thierryvowshellbe returningtoArsenal ITS the news all Arsenal fans, desperate for Arsene Wenger to sign a striker, have been waiting for Thierry Henry saying hes coming home. But before Gooners get too carried away, its unlikely their record goal-scoring hero will be pulling on his boots. He said: I always said you go back to where you belong. I never stopped saying I love Arsenal and I will one day go back there. How? I dont know. Maybe as a water boy, who knows? I just love the club and eventually I will go back there for sure. It was always a pleasure to play and train with [Arsene] Wenger. He is a great human being I really dont see Arsenal without Wenger. Je taime: Henry on Arsenal Achilles heel: injured Becks LASTMEETING 14APRIL2009 CHELSEA4LIVERPOOL4(CLQF) AFTERleavingAnfieldwithwhat lookedanunassailable3-1 advantage,StamfordBridgeand thoseannoyingplasticflagswere athalf-mastonceFabioAurelioand XabiAlonsohadturnedthetieon itsheadinside30minutes.Three goalsinablistering25minutespell afterthebreaksawChelsearegain theleadonthenight,beforetwo strikesinaminutefromLucasand DirkKuytthreweverythingbackin themeltingpot.ITVScommentary team,particularlyDavidPleatt wereinarightoldtizz,beforeFrank Lampardfinallybroughtandendto thescoringinthe90thminute. MATCHFACTS Chelseahaventlostback-to- backPLmatchesinoverthree yearsthelongestongoingrunof anyteamsincetheylastlost consecutivePLmatches.Theirlast back-to-backPLdefeatswere1-0 atBlackburnRoversand1-0at NewcastleUnitedinMay2006. Intotal,Chelseahavetheequal- worstrecordinthefirst30 minutesofmatchesthisseason, alongsidePortsmouth.Bothof themhavebeenbehindthree timesanddrawingfourtimesafter 30minutesoftheirPLmatches. In2009,Liverpoolhavenetted 64goalsin25PLmatchesan averageof2.5goalsper matchmore goalsthanany othersideinthe divisionthis year. Chelsea havenot scoredintheir lastthreePLmatches againstLiverpool.Intotal,they havenotscoredintheirlast298 minutes(fourhoursand58 minutes)offootballsinceFrank Lampardspenaltyintheir1-1 drawatAnfieldinAug2007 KEYMEN DIDIERDROGBACHELSEA YOUneverknowwhatyouvegot untilitsgone,andalthough Chelseahavebeenwithouttheir doyenofdestructionononly threeoccasionsthisseason, theyhavelookedafarless intimidatingbeastwithhis considerable talents.TheIvory Coaststaroftenreserves hisbestforLiverpooland hasscoredineachofhis lastthreePremier Leaguematches. Hesneverscored infour consecutive leaguegames, butitwould takeabrave mantobet againsthim doingsoonSunday. FERNANDOTORRES LIVERPOOL Torreshasan unquestionable scoring recordin the Premier League. Eightgoalsin sevenLeague gamesthis seasonprove thepoint--he lookedunplayable againststrugglingHull lastweekend--buthe failedtofindthetargetin LiverpoolsChampions LeagueagainstFiorentina. TheSpaininternationalhasfive goalsinsixgamesagainstthe Blues,buthastastedvictory againstthemonlyonce. CHELSEA 4-1-2-1-2 LIVERPOOL 4-4-2 Cech Bosingwa A.Cole TerryCarvalho Malouda Lampard Cech TorresKuyt CarragherSkrtel Lucas Insua Johnson BenayounRiera DrogbaAnelka Belletti Reina Gerrard POSSIBLE LINE-UPS J.Cole REFEREE MARTIN ATKINSON BosingwaBosingwa BellettiBelletti Riera Reina index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html