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Chelsea are drawing 1-1 at home to Liverpool in a close and entertaining first half at Stamford Bridge.

The away side got forward early on and there were clear signs of Jurgen Klopp’s high presing game being implemented as they stole the ball in midfield and Firmino put the ball wide from the edge of the area. Chelsea responded by pushing up themselves, and got the perfect result from their early pressure. Costa, under heavy pressure, did well the play the ball back from the far left side of pitch to the on-running Azpilicueta who was given time to cross the ball into the box for Ramires to head low into the bottom corner in the fourth minute.

It certainly appeared as if Chelsea’s recent improved but unrewarded form continuing and beginning to yield results, and the team played with more thrust from midfield with Oscar replacing Fabregas in the centre. Costa’s runs were not directionless but rather creating space for the support cast behind- space which was now being used as opposed to wasted. Eden Hazard ran through in the dangerous and questioning manner that he did so may times last season, but his final ball let him down.

It took Liverpool several minutes to find themselves in the match and recover from their early set-back, but from the 20th minute onward it was them who had the majority of the ball as Chelsea sat back. Both Clyne and Lallana found themelves in space around Chelsea’s box to no avail, and the latter had an attempt that forced Begovic into a smart save as the game’s momentum went the way of Klopp’s team and Mourinho’s opted to try and catch the visitors on the break.

Liverpool were left incensed when after 30 minutes Clyne’s ball into the Chelsea box appeared to be blocked by the arm of John Terry. Closer inspection showed that the incident was just outside the box and it would have been impossible for the Chelsea captain to get his am out of the way.

Chelsea’s luck ran out second before the half-time whistle when Coutinho, who was allowed far too much space on the edge of the box, turned and curled the ball past Begovic to cut out their early lead. It is a familiar story and Chelsea should be wary of the next act.

The first half so far suggest hints of the game against Southampton weeks ago when a good start was followed by a weak middle and disaster at the end. It is is inevitable that Klopp will seek to exploit the situation in the second half probably with the introduction of Benteke. Chelsea must improve to avoid the this season’s usual story playing out again.

 

 

 

 

CHELSEA: Begovic; Zouma, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Ramires, Mikel; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa.

Subs: Amelia, Baba Rahman, Matic, Kenedy, Fabregas, Remy, Falcao.

Manager: José Mourinho

 

LIVERPOOL: Mignolet; Clyne, Skrtel, Sakho, Moreno; Milner, Lucas; Can, Coutinho, Lallana; Firmino.

Subs: Bogdan, Lovren, Allen, Ibe, Randall, Benteke, Teixeira.

Manager: Jurgen Klopp

 

Referee: Mark Clattenburg

Venue: Stamford Bridge, London, UK.

 

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Ahead of Chelsea’s lunchtime clash with Liverpool (12:45 GMT KO), the official lineups have been announced.

The Blues are looking to keep up their winning form at home, against a Liverpool side who haven’t won at Stamford Bridge since 2011.

 

Lineups:

CHELSEA: Begovic; Zouma, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Ramires, Mikel; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa.

Subs: Amelia, Baba Rahman, Matic, Kenedy, Fabregas, Remy, Falcao.

Manager: José Mourinho

 

LIVERPOOL: Mignolet; Clyne, Skrtel, Sakho, Moreno; Milner, Lucas; Can, Coutinho, Lallana; Firmino.

Subs: Bogdan, Lovren, Allen, Ibe, Randall, Benteke, Teixeira.

Manager: Jurgen Klopp

 

Referee: Mark Clattenburg

Venue: Stamford Bridge, London, UK.

Kick Off: 12:45 (GMT)

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Chelsea will face Liverpool today at Stamford Bridge ( KO 12.45 pm GMT). Here we bring you the predicted line ups for the game.

Predicted line-ups:

CHELSEA: Begovic,Baba, Cahill, Zouma, Azpilicueta,Matic, Ramires,Hazard, Fabregas, Willian,Diego Costa

Manager: Jose Mourinho

 

LIVERPOOL: Mignolet,Clyne, Skrtel, Sakho, Moreno,Lucas, Can, Milner, Lallana, Courtinho,Benteke

Manager: Jurgen Klopp

 

Venue: Stamford Bridge, London, UK

Kick off: 12.45 pm GMT

 

 

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Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has no doubt that Chelsea would be making a serious mistake if they sacked Jose Mourinho.

According to the rumours if the Blues will loose today at Stamford Bridge against Liverpool, the Special One will be axed from Chelsea’s bench. But Carragher is convinced that such a decision would only make Chelsea weaker as there is nobody good enough to replace the Portuguese coach.

Carragher wrote in his Daily Mail column :

“They would be making a serious mistake. If Chelsea lose and the axe falls on Jose Mourinho, what would they hope to achieve by changing their manager once more?”

Less hassle and better results would be the simple answer. Many people are enjoying seeing how Mourinho is embroiled in the worst run of the Roman Abramovich era, and should Liverpool win at Stamford Bridge on Saturday the general feeling away from the King’s Road will be delight if he is sacked.”

“Ask yourself, however, why they would be delighted: it is because he is good, the best manager Chelsea have ever had. If he is sent on his way by Abramovich at this point of the season, Chelsea will be weaker and their rivals’ chances of success will automatically be improved.”

”It is why the key decision-makers at Stamford Bridge need to take a step back and consider what is at stake. For all the managerial changes they have made in the past 12 years, the only man who has been capable of delivering sustained results in the Barclays Premier League is Mourinho.”

”Chelsea were ruthless last season, which makes the sharp downturn in their fortunes so difficult to understand. I am gobsmacked by how bad their results have been and just as gobsmacked that a manager who I believe is worth 10 points during a campaign has not yet found an answer.”

”You should also not under-estimate how distracting and unsettling the episode with Dr Eva Carneiro will have been for the players. If you are looking for someone at a football club, the first place you should go to is the medical room. It is the hub, the place where everyone meets.”

”But what do they do if Mourinho goes? They are only recruiting from a small pool of candidates. Pep Guardiola and Diego Simeone aren’t going to leave their jobs in the middle of a season, for instance, while sacking Mourinho to bring in Ancelotti would not be an improvement.”

 

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Liverpool striker Christian Benteke hopes that the Reds will be able to collect another three points at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea thanks to the strategy of their new manager Jurgen Klopp.

Benteke told Liverpoolfc.com :

“I think it’s the right time to go there, because they are under pressure to be fair,”

“They have to win, we have to win. So it’s going to be a good game and hopefully we can come back to Liverpool with the three points.

“With the type of game we play now, with the high pressing, we have a chance to put them under pressure. Then let’s see what’s going to happen.”

“That’s why I signed for Liverpool – to play in a big fixture against a big team,”

“Everyone wants to do well. We just need to play like we have, to press and try to get the ball as soon as possible.”

“When you see Chelsea struggling and losing so many games, it’s the first time you have seen it – especially with [Jose] Mourinho. They have had a bad time and hopefully they will have a bad time on Saturday and we can win.”

 

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JURGEN KLOPP MANAGER
New Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp

Chelsea will look to return to maintain their winning form at home as they face Liverpool tomorrow (12:45 GMT KO).

The Blues have won only three of their 10 games this season – two of those, against Arsenal and Aston Villa. have been at home.

Liverpool on the other hand will look to get through the gears after claiming their first win under Jurgen Klopp’s leadership, with a 1-0 victory over Bournemouth in the cup in midweek.

Jose Mourinho’s side took four points off the Reds last season, who were then managed by Brendan Rodgers. Chelsea drew 0-0 at home, before winning the away fixture 1-2 last November thanks to goals from Gary Cahill and Diego Costa.

Last six games:

Chelsea: LLWDLL (includes two Champions League games and one League Cup game).

Liverpool: DDDDDW (includes two Europa League games and one League Cup game). 

 

Team News:

– Chelsea continue to be without injured Thibaut Courtois and Branislav Ivanovic.

– Pedro may return after resuming traning this week.

– Nemanja Matic returns from suspension following his red card against West Ham last weekend.

– Diego Costa is to be assessed following a rib injury picked up against Stoke in midweek.

– Liverpool midfielder James Milner returns after a one match ban.

– Christian Benteke is available after recovering from a knee injury.

– However, Daniel Sturridge is out, also with a knee injury.

– Kolo Toure is out with a hamstring issue.

 

Statistics:

– Chelsea are unbeaten in their last eight meetings in all competitions against Liverpool (W4 D4).

– Liverpool haven’t won at Stamford Bridge since 2011.

– Jose Mourinho has suffered defeat in six of his last 12 Premier League matches, after losing just six of the previous 64.

– The Blues have conceded 19 Premier League goals – the fourth-worst record in the league.

– Liverpool have won one of their last 10 Premier League away games (D5, L4).

 

Starting XI last time out in the Premier League: 

Chelsea (away vs. West Ham, lost 2-1): Begovic, Zouma, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Matic, Willian, Hazard, Fabregas, Costa.

Liverpool (home vs. Southampton, drew 1-1): Mignolet, Clyne, Skrtel, Sakho, Moreno, Milner, Lucas, Can, Coutinho, Lallana, Origi.

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STAMFORD BRIDGE

Ahead of Chelsea’s game against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge tomorrow (12:45GMT KO), we take a look at the odds on offer.

All odds provided by SkyBET (SB), Ladbrokes (L) and Coral (C), correct as of 30th October.

Full-time score:

Chelsea win: SB – 21/20, L – 11/10,  C – 21/20

Draw: SB – 12/5, L –12/5, C – 12/5

Liverpool win: SB – 5/2, L – 11/4, C – 3/1

 

First goalscorer:

Daniel Sturridge: SB – 6/1, L – 13/2, C – 6/1

Christian Benteke: SB – 6/1, L – 13/2, C – 6/1

Philippe Coutinho: SB – 9/1, L – 10/1, C – 8/1

Adam Lallana: SB – 11/1, L – 11/1, C – 10/1

Roberto Firmino: SB – 11/1, L – 12/1, C – 14/1

No goalscorer: SB – 9/1, L – 11/1, C – 9/1

Eden Hazard: SB – 6/1, L – 6/1, C – 6/1

Oscar: SB – 13/2, L – 7/1, C – 7/1

Radamel Falcao: SB – 5/1, L – 5/1, C – 5/1

Diego Costa: SB – 4/1, L – 4/1, C – 4/1

Loic Remy: SB – 11/2, L – 5/1, C – 5/1

 

Final Score:

Chelsea win:

1-0: SB – 6/1, L – 6/1,  C – 11/2

2-0: SB – 17/2, L – 17/2, C – 17/2

2-1: SB – 15/2, L – 15/2, C – 15/2

3-0: SB – 18/1, L – 16/1, C – 18/1

3-1: SB – 16/1, L – 14/1, – 16/1

Draw:

0-0: SB – 9/1, L – 17/2, C – 15/2

1-1: SB – 5/1, L – 11/2, C – 5/1

2-2: SB – 12/1, L – 14/1, C – 12/1

3-3: SB – 50/1, L – 50/1, C – 55/1

4-4: SB – 250/1, L – 250/1, C – 150/1

Liverpool win:

1-0: SB – 9/1, L – 9/1, C – 10/1

2-0: SB – 16/1, L – 16/1, C – 22/1

2-1: SB – 11/1, L – 11/1, C – 12/1

3-0: SB – 40/1, L – 40/1, C – 55/1

3-1: SB – 28/1, L – 28/1, – 33/1

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Chelsea striker Lucas Piazon ( currently on a loan at Reading) is wanted in connection with an alleged sexual assault in Canada.

The Toronto Police have released an arrest warrant for Chelsea forward Lucas Piazon and his countryman Andrey Ventura. Both men are alleged to have sexually assaulted a 20-year-old woman in Toronto on June 26. She claims that both Piazon and Ventura after meeting at the bar accompanied her and her friend to her residence where they entered her bedroom and sexually assaulted her.

Inspector Joanna Beavens-Desjardins said:

“They socialised with the victim and accompanied the two women to a Toronto residence.”

“The victim, once she arrived at home, went to sleep.”

“They entered her bedroom and sexually assaulted her.”

“She awoke and both of them left the residence.”

 

 

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CAHILL

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has no doubt that Jose Mourinho is able to  turn around  their disastrous season and lead the team to success. He insists that squad are still backing their coach no matter what the press says about it.

Cahill told Standard Sport:

“Everyone knows we have had a slow start in the League. We are expecting to turn that around. I have never been as hungry to do that.”

“We need to keep going and trying to get momentum. It is all about winning a series of games, certainly not losing and then everything will come with it. We will get more confidence, so we have to keep building.”

“We know that if all our players are at their best we can get back in that top four. That is the reason why it’s been so frustrating.”

“We have top players and no one becomes a bad one overnight. It is a matter of turning it around but it is about making it happen.”

‘‘This season I don’t think there’s hardly anyone who has not been left out at some stage,’’

”‘I’ve not been treated differently to anyone else. I want to play every game. Of course, the times you do get left out, you have to respond in the right way. One minute I was captaining England and then missing the next game.’’

”‘It’s a natural thing for a club to do when there is a period of not so good results, to back the manager,’’

‘‘Of course we back him. Of course all of the group is behind the manager.”

‘‘But — and I mean this in the most respectful way — he doesn’t need to be backed by us. When you’ve achieved so much in the game and won as many titles — not just in this league — he doesn’t need our backing. That speaks for itself.’’

 

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Liverpool left-back Alberto Moreno reminded everyone that despite Chelsea’s terrible start to the season, the Blues are the current Premier League champions and nobody should underestimate them.

Moreno told Liverpool Echo:

“It’s true they are struggling at the moment, but you know you have to remember this is still Chelsea we are talking about, we’re still talking about the current champions,”

“They’ve still got one of the best managers around and have still got a squad packed with great players, so just when you least expect it they will recover their form and go shooting up the league table.”

“That’s all the more reason why we have to go there and be prepared and be very careful.”

 

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