Chelsea are the clear favourites with supporters to continue their unbeaten campaign and record victory over beleaguered Liverpool, with the two sides set to meet at Anfield in Saturday’s early kick-off.
The Premier League leaders have not lost a game this term across all competitions and their fine form is reflected by the faith of the fans, with 63 percent backing Chelsea to emerge triumphant from this encounter with Liverpool.
While Chelsea have been supremely consistent, Liverpool have struggled desperately for any sustained period of form and their hopes of mounting another title challenge have quickly unravelled.
Wisdom of the crowd
Liverpool of last season would likely have been the favourites to beat Chelsea this weekend, but this is not the case following their recent demise. Only 31 percent of fans believe they are capable of beating Jose Mourinho’s side.
These statistics come from Football Addicts, developers of fan opinion apps Forza Football and Forza 90’, with data from their fan generated apps detailing the opinions of over 150,000 football fans ahead of the weekend’s Premier League fixtures.
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It is hard to argue with the wisdom of the crowd regarding Liverpool vs Chelsea given their differing fortunes in this fledgling season, with the leaders already 12 points clear of Brendan Rodgers’ team after only 10 matches played.
Liverpool have lost seven of the 16 games they have contested this season - one more than they have won - and have scored only twice in their last five outings across all competitions, both of these goals coming against Swansea.
Chelsea, meanwhile, have won 12 and drawn four of their 16 matches domestically and in Europe and the fact that Mourinho was so incensed after victory over QPR last weekend highlights just how dominant they have been.
If there is any hope for Liverpool then it is that Chelsea have been uncharacteristically leaky at the back so far this term, keeping only three clean sheets in the league, but their task will still be an extremely difficult one.
They will have their most important players available after not been required for the midweek defeat to Real Madrid, but the decision of the manager to rest Steven Gerrard et al places an even greater focus on the need to beat Chelsea.
If Liverpool were not already under a great deal of pressure ahead of this clash, it has been heightened by Rodgers’ team selection at the Santiago Bernabeu which suggested he was placing all his eggs in a Chelsea-shaped basket.