Finally, this game means something again!
After a tough loss to title rivals Manchester City, Liverpool will be tested on the road once again against another title rival. This time, Chelsea will be hosting the Reds, as Brendan Rodgers’ side will try to get their season back on track.
There is only one problem: Stamford Bridge has been a fortress under the reign of Jose Mourinho. The Blues are undefeated at home this season – and every season under Mourinho – winning eight and drawing one, with a goal difference of 13.
Chelsea have dispatched Manchester City, Southampton and Swansea City, all at the Bridge.
Liverpool, despite a huge step up in quality from last year, haven’t played too well on the road this season. Losses to Arsenal, Manchester City and Hull City have all come away from Anfield.
The Reds maintain a 3-3-3 away record and boast a goal difference of three on the road. Maybe it’s their thing?
What Liverpool do bring to the table is firepower. Luis Suarez in particular has been the worlds most in-form striker, finding the net 19 times in only 13 games — an absolutely spectacular ratio.
Chelsea’s counter will be defense. While it has been comically faulty this season, the Blues can hold their own at home. John Terry and Gary Cahill have been ever-present in the back line this season, as well as Branislav Ivanovic on the right.
In Chelsea’s last game against Arsenal, John Obi Mikel was able to effectively eliminate Mesut Ozil from being a factor going forward. Look for him to try and corral the movement of Suarez and Philippe Coutinho the same way.
This battle between the third and fourth teams in the table will be a great one. It could go either way, but defensive solidity will mostly likely decide this game, not possession.