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Title Race: Chelsea have experience, Liverpool have momentum

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The already dramatic home stretch of the English Premier League 2013-14 took another sudden twist when Sunderland, defying all pre-game expectations, held Manchester City to a 2-2 draw midweek.

This result has suddenly catapulted Chelsea as the prime threat to Liverpool’s 24 year wait for the Premier League winners medal. To put it in numbers, Liverpool needs 10 and Chelsea 12 from their remaining 4 games to ensure they do not depend on others to lift the trophy.

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Throw in the spectre of the Chelsea-Liverpool encounter on April 27th, and things get very intriguing.

Assuming the teams win all other games, Liverpool need at least a draw and Chelsea a win in the game at Anfield to top the league table, thus giving the match an atmosphere of a cup final. In that context, it would be critical to analyse what would be the key factors that can propel the respective sides to success during the 90 minutes at Anfield.

Liverpool have two things going for them – form and home advantage. The Reds have surpassed all expectations under Brendan Rodgers’ expert guidance and are currently on a streak of 10 wins.

 Title Race: Chelsea have experience, Liverpool have momentum

This is unlike anything we have seen from other teams in this years’ league, in fact Manchester United were the only other team to have gone on such a such run, way back in 2008-09.

The ruthlessness of the Liverpool forward line and the clinical manner in which they have been finishing off games in the first 20-30 minutes make them firm favorites for this occasion. Add to that Brendan Rodgers’ tactical flexibility and astute understanding of his midfield’s resources means the club emerges a well-researched and planned entity in the big games.

Liverpool at home have been a bastion that has leaked only 5 points out of a possible 51 and the Reds fans will be sure to create an intimidating atmosphere at Anfield that has famously been termed as the ‘12th Man’ for Liverpool at home.

Liverpool will also feel blessed by the lack of fixture clutter, as their rivals are fighting on the European front and will visit Anfield on the back of a bruising Champions League semi final away fixture.

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While the Reds have been all fluid and classy this season, Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea have had a rough ride in the Premiership with losses against minnows like Aston Villa and Crystal Palace and a forward line that has been terribly economical with their contribution in the form of goals.

Despite all that, Chelsea have demonstrated an iron-will to triumph in big matches with a blend of tight defence, physically dominating  deep-midfield and a bunch of attacking midfielders who have managed to rustle up a keen understanding against the best of defences.

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Chelsea, since 2005, has been a team moulded in the cast of Mourinho even when the Portuguese was not in charge of the club. The club has withheld technically far superior squads like Barcelona and Bayern Munich with their disciplined defending and commitment to defend at all costs and have the best ‘goals conceded’ record in away matches in the League, with only 15 goals shipped in 17 games. If there were an occasion for Mourinho to unleash his ‘me/my team against the world’ spirit, this is it.

This is a lip-smacking encounter for the neutrals, with the most fluid and dynamic team at home versus the team fuelled more by determination than by sheer form. What happens when a Red unstoppable force meets a Blue immovable object? We don’t have too long to wait to find out…

Comments (22)

  1. Come April 27th, Chelsea 3 Liverpool 1. Chelsea has a good defence that can stop any force.

    • If they have the best defence that can stop any force,why cant they stop crystal palac nd aston villa.come april 27th chelsea wl go down.

    • Yes, chelsea has defense but Liverpool has strikers who do their work regardless of a given defense . So Liverpool 2 – 1 Chelsea.

  2. Liverpool vs Chelsea, result Chelsea win, liverpool win 2 games, 1 draw, 1 lose, chelsea win 3 games, 1 draw, for all 4 games remaining for both teams

  3. Is a battle of tactical formation to win the encounter, Jose Mourinho VS Brennan Rogers let see who carries the day on 27th of April goodluck to them. The better side should win.

  4. L,pool form of the life can’t beat Jose’s Chelsea never….
    Chelsea won the title when ManCity drew and lost to sunderland and L,pool consercultively

  5. Momentum!yes,but trust me,when it comes to such games;Mourhino always takes the day.

  6. Yes, chelsea are very good in big games. Mourinho will carry the day

  7. Liverpool can’t win this bpl title.Rogers want to use the media to achieve the impossible forgetting that Mourhino is the master tactitien when it comes to mind games and media tricks.

  8. Liverpool has all d advantage bt Chelsea is d master of all odds. Chelsea all d way.

  9. Suarez will win the day. Justice496.

  10. Blues don’t loss if they have little hope of taking something. Chelsea win.

  11. Liverpool will loose point b4 27th.so,a draw will be gud for d BLUEZ.

  12. U guys(chelsea) shld just shut up 4 once and let d game do d talking itself. We “Lfc” beleives in our game. If u think u played better, wait till after 90mins and nt so called ur mind games u are shouting here and their.

  13. liverpool we win chelsea,liverpool 2 chelsea 1 , up liverpool ?

  14. Remember that chelsea’s approach to big games this season have been awesome.

  15. Liverpool are in the best form but this game .will be decided by little details. up chelsea

  16. Chelsea is the only club in the league that has beaten all title rivals, we have master tactician, the only club that has won on both legs against man city. Lrpool fans should prepare their hearts for wreckage. don’t forget u don’t have better defender’s. far fetched Liverpool will lose points before 27th. the blues all the way.the smaller teams when playing against Chelsea don’t open up the game, but the bigger clubs open the game bec
    ause they want to score Chelsea, n dat is where we will cause the havoc. BLUUUUES ALL THE WAY.

  17. The match will end Liverpool 1 – 2 Chelsea , causing chelsea to top the table and be in a better side to win the trphy for wining all the big teams !!!

  18. Let’s wait and see. Talk of empty barrels and chelski fans. Like SA west Ham coach, Brendan will OUTTACTIC your Mou. YNWA!!!

  19. Liverpool have a lot in their favour for this big game. But Chelsea have the most important thing in their favour, experience!

  20. Liverpool vs Chelsea is tough game, but its good a referee officials to be serious to seen fouls, diving, handball, because this season for big games epl referee and lines man always made mistake for deliberately,