Chelsea and Liverpool return to action in an early kick-off match day 11 of the Premier League after their midweek disappointments in the Uefa champions league.
Liverpool lost 1-0 to star studded Real Madrid side with many criticizing manager Brendan Rodgers for his selection after the manager rested most of the club’s key players.
Chelsea on its part failed to pick maximum points and qualify for the knock out round of the champions league against a less fancied NK Maribor side who they thrashed 6-0 earlier at Stamford Bridge.
Both sides will look to put aside their disappointments and go for each others jugular in a match which would be seen as a repeat of last season’s fixture where Liverpool lost out 2-0 at home thus denting their hopes of a league title.
Chelsea are currently bossing the league four points clear off second place Southampton and are yet to lose a single game in the league this season while Liverpool have been a shadow of their last season’s form.
Many expect Chelsea to continue in their fine league form and we at justchelsea.com also believe Chelsea will carry the day. Below are 5 Reasons why Chelsea will beat Liverpool this weekend.
- Current Form:
Chelsea’s current form far dwarfs the unimpressive showing Liverpool have put up this season. The Kops have not been anywhere near their best and have looked to struggle through games.
Chelsea are one of the most in-form team in the world at the moment. The club have only dropped point to the two Manchester clubs away from home while Liverpool have lost to teams like Manchester City, Aston Villa, West Ham United, and Newcastle.
On current form, Chelsea look the team to beat Liverpool at Anfield again.
- Jose Vs Brendan:
You can dub this clash as a fight between the master and his protégé. It is widely believed in the football circus that Brendan Rodgers coaching career was moulded by Jose Mourinho after the former worked under the special one for three years as an assistant at SW6.
The two times both managers have met each other from opposite bench, it is Mourinho who has come out better of the two. Chelsea and Liverpool met twice in the league last season with both managers on the bench for both side. Chelsea came from behind to win the first leg 2-1 at Stamford Bridge and went on to beat Liverpool 2-0 at Anfield in April- a result which ended Liverpool’s title chance.
Tactically, Mourinho has always gotten the better off his protégé and Chelsea will bank on that to take the maximum three points at Anfield come Saturday.
- Liverpool Lack of Fire Power Upfront:
The summer saw Liverpool sell their prolific striker Luis Suarez to Barcelona and the club has struggled to find a player who could bring such fire power and potency that Suarez carries upfront.
Summer signings Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert have not found their rhythm in front of goal. Balotelli the man expected to lead the attack is yet to find the back of the net in the league and that has done his confidence level no good.
Daniel Sturridge is currently injured and may not be in line to make his return yet and against a well organised Chelsea’s defence, Liverpool misfiring strikers will once again find goals hard to come by.
- Oscar and Hazard Growing Influence:
Oscar and Hazard have really upped their games this season. Both players have influenced Chelsea games this season with their skills, pass, pace, goals and total contribution.
Both players have been in fine form and their influence has continued to grow with each passing game. They will be a handful for Liverpool’s central midfielders and full backs.
Hazard’s runs and dribbles have caused full backs all sorts of problems and they have found him too hard to contain. Expect both players again to dictate the game again at Anfield and that will sure inflict pains on the Liverpool’s back-line.
- Costa vs Weak Liverpool’s Defence:
Diego Costa has returned to action after his recent struggle with injuries. The Brazilian born Spanish striker has already netted ten times in the league this season.
Though he couldn’t score against QPR last weekend but his introduction against Maribor brought a lot of life to the Chelsea’s attack. He even had a goal wrongly disallowed by the referee.
He will fancy running ragged a weak Liverpool defence who have conceded goals on the cheap this season. His movement and pace against Maribor shows the player is nearing regaining full fitness after his recent bout of injuries.
His power play, pace and eye for goal will give the likes of Dejan Lovren and Martin Skrtel a hell of nightmares. Expect him to bang in a goal or two in this game.