Sunday, November 11, 2012

LFC Scout Report: Chelsea FC

By Ben Hardy

Liverpool aim to make it five league wins in a row against Chelsea in Sunday evening’s heavyweight clash at Stamford Bridge.

Both teams played in European competitions midweek, with mixed outcomes. Chelsea recorded a 3-2 win thanks to a late Victor Moses header against Shaktar where as a very youthful Liverpool, maybe with an eye on Sunday’s match, were beaten by Anzhi Makhachkala in the Europa League.

Chelsea will be looking to make their way back to the top of the League as defeat against Manchester United and a draw with Swansea in their last two league games has somewhat stunted their scintillating early season form and dented their title charge.

Team News

A welcome boost for the Blues’ defence sees skipper John Terry return to Premier League action after serving his FA imposed ban.

However Chelsea will once again be without left back Ashley Cole as the England international continues to struggle with the hamstring injury.

Cole sat out the midweek games against Shaktar Donetsk and is due back for next week’s games with West Brom.

Frank Lampard is still not fit and continues to be absent from the squad.

Key Players

All eyes will be on Fernando Torres, as is the case every time this fixture comes around. The £50million man has yet to record a win over his former club (he did not feature in the FA Cup final win).

The Spaniard has been enjoying some of his best form since making the move in January 2011, scoring four league goals so far.

In a team bursting with stars such as Chelsea’s is, it is difficult to pin point one or two key players. However, there have been stand out players already with the likes of Juan Mata grabbing headlines in recent matches and Eden Hazard constantly putting in man of the match performances all season.

To add to the excitement, there is also the progression of youngsters Ryan Bertrand, Oscar and Victor Moses amongst others to look forward too.

This current Chelsea squad clearly has the potential and promise to challenge for more League titles and Cups in the very near future.

If Liverpool can continue their good form over Chelsea and gain another victory, then this will be seen as one of the best due to the sheer talent facing them at Stamford Bridge.


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