Chelsea vs Liverpool, Stamford Bridge, 1:45pm
By admin On 31 Oct, 2015 At 01:15 AM | Categorized As News, Sports | With 0 Comments

chelsea-vs-liverpoolOne of the first games to mark the beginning of the weekend, the game between now-stable Liverpool and an embarrassingly under-performing Chelsea will be one for many to look forward to. Perhaps, it may the come-back game the hosts need or the one which Jurgen Klopp bags his first win of the season.

Tactics

Liverpool have had the lion’s share of possession in every match under Klopp so far, and while they would be wise to be less cavalier at Stamford Bridge they will still look to enforce their style on proceedings.

How effectively they use that possession will be largely down to Mourinho’s men. Most of their problems on the pitch can be rooted in a lack of control in midfield.

A central duo of Mikel and Matic should cut off a lot of the supply for Klopp’s breakneck attacking play – while a player such as Ramires or Willian could tuck in and provide extra support.

Key men

There has been plenty of attention on Diego Costa, but unfortunately for the Chelsea striker it has been down to his ability to wind opponents up.

If he can harness that and capitalise on the increased comfort his side has shown in possession in the last couple of games he of course has the ability to decide this fixture.

Philippe Coutinho has taken the mantle of dictating Liverpool’s attacking since the departures of Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling.

He plays a more considered role than his predecessors, looking to play his team-mates in from a deeper position rather than scaring the last defender witless with pace.

Verdict

Chelsea are unbeaten in their last six Barclays Premier League meetings with Liverpool, winning three and drawing three, while Liverpool have not lost in their last five outings; their longest unbeaten spell since March.

All the same, we are in for an exciting game this weekend.

 

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