Chelsea – Liverpool 11.11.2012
Chelsea aim to return ways following the 1-1 draw with Swansea, with the Blues boosted by the Champions League victory over Shakhtar Donetsk. Liverpool, on the other hand, will try to end the four-match winless run, but that is easier said than done.
Boosted by the impressive finish to last season that included Champions League and FA Cup trophies, as well as some excellent dealings in the summer transfer window, Chelsea enjoyed a bright start to the season. Players like Oscar, Hazard and Moses all proved they will be great assets to the squad and helped the Blues do well in all the competitions entered. The Blues slipped from the top of the Premier League standings following a controversial defeat to Manchester United, but made sure to get revenge on the Red Devils, having beaten them in Capitol One Cup. The team have since shared spoils with Swansea, but made a giant step towards the Champions League knockout stages with a win over Shakhtar, so they clearly enter this game in confident mood.
Match: Chelsea – Liverpool 17.00h
League: England Premier League
Our prediction: Home Win Odds: 1.90
On paper, Liverpool are weaker than ever, so it is clearly not realistic to expect the Reds to enter the race for a top 4 finish. The mere fact that youngsters Suso, Wisdom and Sterling are now first team regulars proves the obvious lack of quality in the squad, and nobody can say they are surprised by team’s poor results this season. The fact is that the team are too reliant on Luis Suarez, who, despite being such a great player, can only do so much on his own. Steven Gerrard is clearly not playing to his potential and with other midfield players rarely joining the attack, Luis Suarez is often left with no options but to shoot from acute angles when he does get past his marker. Such an approach can work against relegation strugglers, but in order to avoid defeat at Stamford Bridge, the Reds will have to play a perfect game.