Liverpool vs Chelsea by Isaiah
Liverpool took their fifth consecutive victory away from home in all competitions last weekend, as the team took comfortably three pointer with a 2:0 win over Aston Villa. Borini opened the lead in 24th minute, while Lambert sealed the victory with the second one in 79th minute. Apart from that, Liverpool looked slightly better, while Aston Villa had their own share of chances, but without any effectivity.
They are now undefeated in last eight matches, as said having five consecutive victories away from home, but are yet to prove that they are in steady progress worth of the best clubs in country. Team is currently at eight position, four points away from Arsenal which is on last European position that guarantees the ticket. Under such circumstances, there is no doubt that the team will look at the League Cup competition as one of the salvation points for them to get the early exit to Europe this season. Team captain Steven Gerrard missed the win at Aston Villa during the weekend with a hamstring injury, but is expected to return here. Central defender Kolo Toure (10/0) is at African Cup of Nations, while the hosts continue to miss defensive midfielder Joe Allen (12/0), long term injured forward Daniel Sturridge (3/1). Mario Balotelli should recover in time for this one, while the coach continues to try with a 4-3-3 formation that brought him success in previous weeks.
Chelsea, on the other side, took and impressive 5:0 victory on the road against Swansea last weekend. Visiting side was much more superior exactly from the first minute when Oscar opened the lead. During the first halftime, three more goals were scored, two from Costa and one more from Oscar, while the victory was sealed with the last goal being scored by Schurrle in 79th minute.
At the same time, this was their third consecutive victory in all competitions, all three without a goal conceded. Defense remains one of their key factors, with the team having one of the best defensive lineups in the league having conceded only nineteen goals so far. They are first at the table now, having five points more than second placed Citizens, but no doubt that every side of coach Mourinho goes for every possible title - especially so late in the competition. Left defender Cesar Azpilicueta (19/0) and striker Didier Drogba (20/7) missed the victory over Swansea with a groin injury and illness, but could recover on time for this one. Coach Jose Mourinho announced he will field up a strong starting lineup here.
Liverpool is on the rise with the current results, but many of these matches were with a teams which are nowhere close to Chelsea's level. They are yet to prove their worth and form, but I believe comes too soon for them and that the visitors will show that they are still one class above the hosts here.