Kick off: Saturday, 31.10.2015 @13:45
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Head to head record
Chelsea vs Liverpool 1-1 (2014/15 Premier League)
Chelsea vs Liverpool 1-0 (2014/15 League Cup)
Liverpool vs Chelsea 1-1 (2014/15 League Cup)
Liverpool vs Chelsea 1-2 (2014/15 Premier League)
Liverpool vs Chelsea 0-2 (2013/14 Premier League)
Chelsea vs Liverpool prediction
Highly anticipated match is set to take place on Saturday when two household Premier League names lock horns at the Stamford Bridge. Derby game between Chelsea and Liverpool will put two managers under scrutiny as Jose Mourinho is looking to save his job, while Jurgen Klopp is hoping to record his first Premier League triumph as the Reds boss.
Mourinho under pressure
The Portuguese manager is under intense pressure at the moment despite the claims he is feeling fantastic and that he won’t be losing any sleep over his team’s poor run. However, the situation could take a turn for the worse should Mourinho suffer yet another defeat early in the campaign. The game against Liverpool will be a huge test both for the team and for the manager as Chelsea are hovering above the relegation zone, having already lost five Premier League matches. Their latest league defeat came at the hands of West Ham who recorded a hard-fought 2-1 win in a game which saw the Portuguese manager sent to the stands due to his latest outburst. Mourinho’s team recorded another disappointing result during the week, having been eliminated from the Capital One Cup by Stoke City. The tense affair was solved after the penalties with much criticized Eden Hazard failing to convert the decisive shot in the final round of the shootout. Going into the Saturday’s derby game against Liverpool, the Premier League champions will be under a lot of pressure to get back to winning ways after back-to-back losses in two competitions.
Thibaut Courtois and Branislav Ivanovic are confirmed absentees for the upcoming event, while Pedro is under a doubt due to his fitness issues. Diego Costa has suffered a beating against Stoke City and was admitted to hospital for his rib injury, but he should be fine to feature against Liverpool.
Klopp eager to break the duck
The German manager has managed to record his first win as Liverpool manager as his team secured the 1-0 League Cup win over Bournemouth on Wednesday and he will be looking to catch the momentum and break the duck in the Premier League as well. The Reds have notched three ties in all competitions since Klopp’s arrival at Anfield and will be hoping to win all three points on their trip to London. Liverpool have drawn with Southampton last time out with Christian Benteke opening the scorings with his excellent header after 77 minutes, but have failed to lock the game as Mane equalized with only four minutes left on the clock to give the visitors a late draw at the Anfield. Despite the fact his team failed to win in last three games, the German manager saw a lot of positives he will be looking to build upon for the remainder of the current season. Klopp’s greatest test so far will definitely be the upcoming game versus the Champions, and Liverpool boss will be hoping his key players will step up and make their mark. Klopp spoke highly of Roberto Firmino who was voted the man of the match against Bournemouth and there is no doubt that the Brazilian will be particularly motivated to make another impression against Chelsea.
Klopp is facing huge selection problems as Liverpool has a long list of injured players. Christian Benteke missed the midweek game due to a knock, but should be able to feature against Chelsea. However, Jon Flanagan, Jordan Henderson, Joseph Gomez, Danny Ings, Jordan Rossiter and Kolo Toure have all been ruled out through injuries. Daniel Sturridge is still working his way back to fitness and is likely to miss yet another game.
Chelsea vs Liverpool betting tip
Premier League round 11 will be opened with a derby game between two great rivals who are both looking to secure the important win which could define the rest of the season. Last year’s champions are not the same team and the confidence is low in the squad. On the other side, Jurgen Klopp has managed to restore the positive atmosphere and Liverpool are coming to London in high spirits, but with an injury-plagued team. With not much separating the two sides, goals are one thing you can bet on in this game.
Tip: Both to score
Odds: 1.91 (10/11) @10Bet