CHELSEA v Liverpool: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: 31st October 2015
Kick-off: 12:45 GMT

Jose Mourinho has now lost six of his last 12 Premier League games after losing just six of the previous 64, so little wonder the red side of Liverpool have all rushed out for their supplies of Kleenex in anticipation of today’s early kick-off really. That’s likely to be as much for the love-in with their latest manager as the thought of their first result at Stamford Bridge in four years but they’ll be in good company because the press will undoubtedly all turn up with pockets stuffed full of 3-ply mansize.
As with anything that happens on Merseyside, Klopp’s arrival has left the hacks drooling like weaned toddlers at a Page 3 convention. Add to that the possibility of hammering a nail into the imaginary coffin they’re filling so many column inches trying to manufacture for Jose Mourinho, and the press box is likely to be bordering on pornographic today.
Sound like sour grapes? Unsurprisingly since they could well get to rustle tissues in laps if the eleven men posing as Chelsea players so far this season turn up again today because whilst Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp haven’t done anything to excite anyone outside of Anfield so far, the players they had over the summer don’t seem to have been replaced by an outfit from Madame Tussaud’s since the start of the season either, so that’s an advantage for them right there.
I’m not even going to bother with the why’s and wherefore’s into what might have happened/be happening/happen in the future at Chelsea FC because I really don’t have a clue anymore but one thing I do know, is that if we play anything like we have done so far this season then Jurgen Klopp could be hailed the latest Liverpool Messiah by the end of the day.

MANAGER’S VIEWS
Going into today’s early game, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says “The results are, especially in my case, in your eyes [the media], the results are everything. It’s a bit strange because a few months ago when I won so many matches and I was champion of England, people were saying there were things more important than the results. In this moment the results are more important than anything. It’s a contradiction.”
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp meanwhile, says “Do the Chelsea players not know any more how to play football? No, of course not. I am not sure it is easier to play Chelsea now than last year – why should it be? Okay, being full of self-confidence maybe makes some things different, but to be wounded can make you stronger too. They don’t feel life is as good as it could be and now they want to change it and that is big motivation.”

SQUAD NEWS
For Chelsea, Thibaut Courtois (knee) and Branislav Ivanovic (hamstring) are injured. Diego Costa (rib), Pedro, Hazard and Fabregas are all given as doubtful following knocks – and let’s face it, they’ve all needed a good kick so far this season. Nemanja Matic is back from his ban.
For Liverpool, Daniel Sturridge (knee), Kolo Toure (hamstring), Danny Ings (ACL) and Jordan Henderson (foot) are injured but Benteke is fit to play and James Milner returns from a one-match ban.

TEAMS
CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Begovic, Zouma, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Matic, Willian, Fabregas, Hazard, Costa
LIVERPOOL (Possible line-up): Mignolet, Clyne, Skrtel, Sakho, Moreno, Lucas, Can, Milner, Firmino, Coutino, Benteke

LAST SEASON
Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool (10th May 2015)

CURRENT FORM
Chelsea: LWDLWL
Liverpool: LDWDDD

OTHER STUFF
★ Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 8 league and cup games against Liverpool
★ Chelsea have won one of their last seven games in all competitions.
★ Chelsea have conceded 19 Premier League goals
★ Chelsea have 11 points from 10 games (our worst start to a Premier League season)
★ Liverpool have drawn their last three Premier League games
★ Liverpool have won one of their last 10 Premier League away games
★ Liverpool haven’t won at Stamford Bridge since 2011

PREDICTION
It’s not rocket science, if we give more of the same, we’ll get more of the same.

2 Responses to “CHELSEA v Liverpool: Preview”

  1. Mate your grammar is appaling. Apart from that, not a bad article.

    You’re right as well on the whole, Chelsea have been shit this year but they love playing Liverpool. The issue you’ve got is that regardless of the Klopp adulation, they have some dangerous players available now. Mourinho looks like he has lost Hazard to Madrid, the dressing room is flat and Liverpool play a high pressing game that will only put Zouma under more pressure to play the ball sideways along his box over and over. Im afraid the result for you is inevitable. This from a Swansea fan.

    Firminho to score twice, Fabregas with the reply finally.

  2. Y’know what? After watching that, grammar is the least of my problems!

    PS How’s my spelling? :-)