Can Chelsea still mix with the big boys?
Chelsea have a chance to put some recent bad form behind them when they host a stuttering Liverpool side on Sunday.
This fixture was dominated last season by the transfer of Fernando Torres from the red half of Merseyside to the lesser half of West London. A shrewd bit of business, for Liverpool that is. The Spaniard has really failed to fire and despite some flashes of brilliance he has never justified his massive transfer tag. If he were to go some way to repaying the millions spent on him then this would be the game to do it in.
Liverpool are no strangers themselves to dud strikers, Andy Carroll has yet to even come close to justifying his transfer value.
However, both managers are under severe pressure for a win. AVB has been doing a lot of off the pitch talking lately, but as the saying goes, his bark is worse than his bite. His decline started when the Blues lost the battle of West London to the resurgent QPR and Boas went off half cocked and was fined as a result.
Kenny Dalglish, despite his vast experience has seen his side constantly drop ‘easy’ points. They were outclassed by Swansea recently and lucky to get a point from Anfield.
Liverpool, going on previous form, will be confident having won both league fixtures against Chelsea last season. 1-0 and 2-0 and we are offering a special match winner offer on either side to win 2-0 at 7/1 from 11/2.
The home side are just about odds on for a much needed win at 5/6 while Liverpool look tempting at 7/2, the draw is 12/5. It is also worth noting that this will be the first of two meetings between the sides in nine days as they come face-to-face in the Carling Cup quarter-final soon.
Kenny Dalglish is unbeaten in his 11 meetings with Chelsea and it might be worth taking the Reds on the double chance market, Draw/Liverpool at 10/11 looks tempting.
Embattled Luis Suarez could shake off some of his off-field controversy with a goal here. The Uruguayan is 7/1 to score first and 2/1 to net at anytime in the game.
Chelsea may have to rely on Didier Drogba to fire them to a win and he is 9/2 to open the scoring while it’s worth noting that Torres has scored seven goals in eight games in all competitions for Liverpool against Chelsea but only one of those was at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea have picked up more cards than any other team in the Premier League this season, 28 yellow and three reds. Two of those coming against QPR when the Blues were clearly shaken by the home support. Over six cards in the game at 12/5 and 6/5 for Chelsea to be the first team to see red are worth considering.