Chelsea blazed out of the gates this season and set out to impress the Premier League. Since Christmas, however, the Blues have decided to sit back and counter attack against any tough sides they face.
The reward for Chelsea’s more conservative approach has been the Premier League title, which was secured with a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace last Sunday. However, the cost of winning the league was a departure from the champions League. Chelsea simply did not have the creativity to remain in the competition.
A draw against West Brom and a loss versus Hull appeared to signal an early end to Liverpool’s Champions League qualifying goal. But all of that changed with a 1-0 against QPR and a 1-0 home loss for Man Utd.
Liverpool enter this Chelsea encounter four points behind Man Utd in fourth. Man Utd play Crystal Palace away on the Saturday. Liverpool might begin this game knowing that they are a win away from closing to within a point of Man Utd.
José Mourinho will not make any drastic tactical changes for this game, but he will likely rotate in some squad players to give them playing time. Look for the likes of Kurt Zouma, Filipe Luis, Willian, and Juan Cuadrado to appear.
Chelsea have had to get by with Didier Drogba and Loïc Remy at striker, with £32-million man Diego Costa finishing the season with an injured hamstring. A varied line-up coupled with backup strikers could limit Chelsea’s scoring potential.
On the topic of scoring potential, Liverpool’s has been so low lately. Liverpool have scored 10 fewer goals compared to Man Utd’s league total for the season.
The absence of Daniel Sturridge coupled with Liverpool’s striking misfits has forced Brendan Rodgers to start midfielders up front. As good as Raheem Sterling is, he cannot completely cover from the constantly injured Sturridge.
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Goals could be limited in this game, which is why a draw and under 2.5 goals are appealing options.