It would be fair to say that results over the last couple of weeks have thrown the title saga into complete disarray, with the top of the table subject to regular changes. While neither of these outfits can head to the top with a victory this weekend, the fact that Chelsea approach the game in 3rd and Liverpool in 4th means that there is plenty riding on this encounter.
Anybody who has seen Chelsea over the years will know that this has been another disappointing start for the Blues – and Jose Mourinho has admitted this on countless occasions. However, even though Chelsea have struggled to put together impressive bouts of form, the failures of their title rivals means that they’re still in the hunt for that elusive championship. At the time of writing, just four points separate them from leaders Manchester City although this does mean that there is plenty of pressure on Mourinho’s men to close the gap and apply pressure to the blue side of Manchester. In terms of recent form, the club have managed to collect seven points from a possible nine in the top flight. It’s their home form which will please Mourinho the most though, with the Blues winning their last four in all competitions at Stamford Bridge, as well as putting together an unbeaten run of nine home games.
Liverpool have enjoyed a very good season by their own standards, although Brendan Rodgers will be bitterly disappointed to see that top spot drifting out of sight. It wasn’t too long ago that the Reds topped the Premier League table, but a defeat to Manchester City has thrown their charge off-course somewhat and they now trail the leaders by five points. Prior to that, the Anfield outfit were in very good form and recorded four successive victories. However, something that has become clear is that Rodgers’ side struggle against the top sides in the division – and it remains to be seen whether this will be their downfall again.
There’s little to report in the way of team news for the home side, with Jose Mourinho having just the one fresh concern as Ramires sits out through suspension. Liverpool in contrast will continue to be without influential trio Daniel Sturridge, Steven Gerrard and Jose Enrique, although there might be better news in relation to Jon Flanagan as Brendan Rodgers looks to make a late decision on the youngster following a hamstring injury.
In terms of a prediction, we think Chelsea are the clear favourites ahead of this clash and fully expect a comfortable victory for the Blues. They’ve proved throughout the campaign that they’re dangerous at home and with their opponents struggling against all of the top sides, our tip is going to be a 2-0 win for Jose Mourinho’s team.