Liverpool v Chelsea: Analysis of Elite Player options
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By Billy Lumsden
Last Updated: 26/09/18 2:59pm
Wednesday’s Sky Sports Six-a-Side match-up sees Liverpool face off with Chelsea at Anfield in the third round of the Carabao Cup.
Both sides enter the competition at this stage and hold similar records in the Premier League, with Liverpool having won all six of their matches and Chelsea winning five and drawing the other.
Your Elite Player choice is always a tough decision, especially when all four have the potential to claim a hefty points haul. Take a look at the contenders and then pick your Fantasy Six-a-Side team.
Virgil van Dijk
The world's most expensive defender has certainly had an impact at Liverpool, as he strengthened their shaky defence and helped his side reach the Champions League final.
This season has been no different, as the Dutchman has been pivotal in contributing to the four clean sheets that Jurgen Klopp's side has kept, only conceding two goals so far this season - the best record in the Premier League.
As Van Dijk was brought off against Southampton, he did not receive his clean sheet points which would have taken that particularly tally to 100 for the season, though he still boasts an impressive 374 points this campaign. But with the defender being brought off on Saturday, there is always the potential of him being rested.
He has made 376 passes in his six appearances - a number that has accounted for more than half his tally for the year.
The Englishman has accumulated 80 assists during his time in the Premier League and recorded the most assists in the Champions League with eight last campaign.
Milner has created two goals in the Premier League this season and scored one, surpassing his total for last year. He has made 10 chances for team-mates this season, only bettered by Eden Hazard out of the Elite Player options.
He also is on penalty duty, where he converted from against PSG, which could prove a point-pulling power for Sky Sports Six-a-Side players, especially if the assist king is on his game.
The Danish defender is expected to come into Maurizio Sarri's side for their trip to Anfield, which would be his second start of the season, even though he has not played any minutes yet in the Premier League this season.
Although this is the case, Christensen started 23 times last campaign and will turn to the Europa League and the Carabao Cup to stake a claim to get his spot back in the Chelsea side.
He is a unique option given he has only been selected by 4.6 per cent of Sky Sports Six-a-Side players; a stand-out performance could put you ahead of the pack.
Hazard is the top points-scorer out of Elite Players with 456 and is first in the current Sky Sports Six-a-Side standings too, 15 ahead of his nearest challenger Aymeric Laporte. Little wonder when he has five goals and two assists to his name already.
He holds the most chances created out of the Elite Players with 12, as well as boasting the highest match average with 76 points per game, 15.67 more than Van Dijk.
The Chelsea playmaker is the obvious frontrunner in comparison to the other three Elite Player options, with 54.6 per cent of Sky Sports Six-a-Side players recruiting his services and backing the Belgian for a good game.