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Can Liverpool Catch Chelsea?

kuyt gerrard crouch Can Liverpool Catch Chelsea?The heat is on Chelsea near the top of the table in the Premiership after Liverpool defeated West Ham United 2-1 at Upton Park thanks to a goal and an assist from Peter Crouch. Although Chelsea has one game in hand (versus Blackburn on Wednesday night), Liverpool are just two points behind the Blues and equal in goal difference.

The question is can Liverpool catch Chelsea?

Despite West Ham having the better of the first half, Liverpool took control of the match in the second half with Craig Bellamy coming close a couple of times. While Liverpool’s home record remains impressive, the Reds have seemed to have fixed their away form too.

Chelsea, meanwhile, are feeling the pressure from all sides. In addition to Liverpool breathing heavy nearby, Jose Mourinho’s squad is still six points away from Manchester United.

In another must-win match for Chelsea, the team faces a formidable opposition tonight against Blackburn at Stamford Bridge. Rovers are buoyed after scoring seven goals in the last two matches and conceding zero. Matt Derbyshire has scored three goals in the last three matches, while Morten Garnst Pederson shares the same honor.

Chelsea has won its last two matches, albeit against weaker opposition (Nottingham Forest and Wycombe Wanderers). It’s been eleven long days since Mourinho’s side lost to Liverpool 2-0, so let’s see how the team performs in this tricky match.

My personal belief is that Chelsea will stumble between now and the end of the season. But, despite their strong form, Liverpool will slip a few times when you least expect it allowing Chelsea to pick up the second place slot.

At the other end of the table, only 10 points separate 18th place West Ham from 12th place Newcastle. If any of those teams in the bottom half of the table go on a bad run of form, relegation looms. An example of this is Wigan who are now precariously sitting fourth from bottom, just two points above West Ham.

Don’t count Watford out yet. The bottom place team have two games in hand (one is against Manchester United tomorrow night).

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11 Responses to Can Liverpool Catch Chelsea?

  1. Adrian says:

    I WISH that Liverpool can even catch Manure United. But looking at fixtures, I think they’re having a “relatively easy” fixtures coming up.

    As for Chelsea… It all depends on the mental strength of Liverpool. I believe they can do it.

    In Rafa I trust…
    YNWA… :)

  2. PureDale says:

    In your report you say ‘Despite West Ham having the better of the first half’ which confused me so I checked with the minute by minute report from the Guardian, Sporting Life & Skysports who all state that the plucky hammers had their first shot at goal after 33 minutes.

    Your credibility is nonexistent and your opinions worthless if you get something as simple as this so very wrong.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I watched the game last night and there is no way West Ham had the better of the first half. For the first half an hour Liverpool were by far the better team.

  4. The Gaffer says:

    Did you watch the match?? West Ham had several attempts on goal in the first half.

    Here’s the report from the BBC:

    “But it was Carroll’s opposite number Pepe Reina who was in the more meaningful action, despite Liverpool showing the greater quality.

    He dived well to his left to keep out Marlon Harewood’s low 25-yard drive, then saved again from Yossi Benayoun after a neat exchange with Carlton Cole.

    Hammers’ boss Alan Curbishley will have drawn encouragement from the latter stages of the first half – but all the good work was wrecked within 10 seconds of the re-start.”

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  5. JC says:

    To be fair, last night’s FSC report said a similar thing: that West Ham had the better first half.

  6. Anonymous says:

    “…despite Liverpool showing the greater quality…”

  7. Simon Burke says:

    Having watched it i felt Liverpool were the better team in the first half though West Ham a couple of good efforts. They would have been encouraged to be level at half time as I felt Liverpool deserved a lead.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Does it matter? They, like everyone, are trying to catch Manchester United. It makes no difference if they can catch Chelsea.

  9. Kartik says:

    Call me crazy but Watford despite today’s 4-0 thrashing vs Man U could escape. My feeling is that they are much more solid at the back than West Ham, Wigan, Charlton or Blackburn and if they can find some scoring between now and let’s say the end of March they may be in good enough shape to make the great escape. They are NOT last year’s Sunderland and I think the comparsions have been cruel and unfair to Watford who have scraped hard in almost every match.

    Also, puredale West Ham controlled the flow of the game for most of the first half IMHO. Shots on goal was not the criteria the Gaffer or any other smart critic of EPL Football uses. To say his credibility is “non existent” shows you have spent little or no time examining the opinions on this website or listening to the podcast. You would realize if you spent any time here that the opinions are cutting edge and the Gaffer has an understanding of Soccer that most in the US don’t quite have. That’s why I spend so much time on this site. Have a look around before attacking his “credibility.”

  10. Anonymous says:

    Blue is the colour, Chelsea is the name!
    JM is gona bring d trophy to S.Bridge

  11. Anonymous says:

    Arsenal are only four points behind Liverpool with a game at hand. Therefore, they should be part of this discussion as well.

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