Liverpool vs Chelsea
|Date & Time||Saturday October 31, 2015, 7:45 AM (EDT)|
The Line: Chelsea 11/10 Draw 5/2 Liverpool 11/4
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Action from the Premier League early on Saturday will see Liverpool travel to London to take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. New Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp got his first win in charge of the Reds midweek when his team got a 1-0 victory over Bournemouth in the League Cup. Klopp's journey as Liverpool manager is off to a decent start as Liverpool have yet to lose a game under their new man but they have had too many draws of late. In fact Liverpool have five draws in their last six games in all competitions. The Reds are really missing Christian Benteke and Daniel Sturridge up front as goals have been hard to come by for the Reds with the team scoring just one goal or less in their last six games. Under Jurgen Klopp expect to see more youngsters coming through and getting game time, the work rate will also go up and I think the attacking brand of football he was famous for with Borussia Dortmund will shortly start to appear at Anfield, this is a work in progress though so fans need to give him time.
Chelsea on the other hand need results now. Jose Mourhino's side went out of the league cup midweek against Stoke on penalties after completely dominating the game but failing to take their chances. Last year's PFA player of the year Eden Hazard was the player who's penalty was saved and it is an example of what happens when confidence dips and luck starts going against you. Butland made a terrific save but Hazard hit a good penalty and would have scored nine times out of ten. As a whole Chelsea are lacking confidence but they dont lack ability this is a good team with a strong spine and quality attacking players. Hazard, Fabregas and Willian are among the best midfielders in the world. Remy will deputise for the injured Diego Costa and Jose Mourhino will hope his side can get the win that they really need.
While Chelsea have been terrible at times this season I think they were unlucky to lose last weekend against West Ham and played really well midweek without getting their just rewards. Chelsea won the league last season and havent disimproved this much in a few months, the team is lacking some confidence but I fully expect a bounce back. A big game here against Liverpool could be exactly what Chelsea need and it is at home where in general Mourhino's teams do not lose. In their other "big" game at home Chelsea beat Arsenal and I think we are getting terrific value on Chelsea here. This will be a tough game but I expect the blues superior quality to eventually come through in what should be a really entertaining game. This is one of the stronger plays of the weekend due to the value we are getting on Chelsea here, on paper Chelsea have so much more attacking talent of course games are not won on paper but I do like the blues to start turning things around here.