Friday, November 7, 2014

Liverpool vs Chelsea Premier League Saturday, 8 November 2014

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Liverpool vs Chelsea FC
Competition: England Premier League, 2014/2015 - Matchday 11  
Liverpool team have taken a serious hit to their title chances in recent weeks, picking up just a point against underdogs Hull City (0:0) and Newcastle United (1:0) in their last 2 English Premier League matches. Shockingly poor scoring form for the hosts has ultimately been the main reason for their fall to 7th place, as just 2 goals from their last 5 competitive contests has Brendan Rodgers irate with his team’s performances. That showed over the midweek in Champions League action when the Northern Irishman marched out an odd and what some would call disrespectful lineup against Real Madrid. But the bench players responded well and the team put in an admirable performance, but yet again their offensive ineptitude since the departure of Luis Suarez and the injury to Daniel Sturridge was a glaring problem, as the Reds conjured up just 4 total shots (1 on target) compared to 27 for the Spaniards. But Rodgers will know that Saturday presents a golden opportunity to storm back into the title race with all 3 points against the league leaders, and while it appears to be a tall task for the offensively-challenged Reds headed in, they’ll take comfort in the fact that they’ve won 19 of their last 25 EPL matches at Anfield.
Chelsea extended their improbable bid to become just the second team in English Premier League history to go unbeaten in a season, but as the players begin to dream of immortality in the record books, a trip to Anfield serves as a dangerous roadblock to their unconquered run. There is unquestioned world class talent in this squad, with the likes of Diego Costa flashing brilliance in his first Premier League season and Belgian speed demon Eden Hazard looking dangerous per usual for the Blues, but they’ve shown a propensity for shutting off at times, best highlighted by the fact they’ve now conceded in 7 of their 10 English Premier League matches this season. That trend continued into the Champions League over the midweek, as the Blues picked up a disappointing 1:1 draw with Maribor in group action. They were perhaps caught looking ahead to their important clash this weekend at Anfield, and considering how dominant they have played in England this season, it just isn’t wise to bet against the Londoners at the moment. They should at the least be sharing the points in another vital road clash for the current table-toppers.
Match date: Saturday, 8 November 2014
Kick Off Time: 12:45 BST
Venue: Anfield Road, Liverpool, United Kingdom 
You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]

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