Who will be the Happy One After Mourinho and Klopp Lock Horns this Weekend?

This weekend two bitter rivals lock horns at Stamford Bridge as Jose Mourinho’s floundering Chelsea come face to face with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
It’s been a grim start to the season for Chelsea, who narrowly lost their League Cup tie to Stoke City on penalties, whilst Klopp gained a morale boosting first Liverpool win over Bournemouth at Anfield.
We looked into the SportsMatrix database examining Chelsea first five home league game against Liverpool’s five away games.
Chelsea have a meagre return of seven points, they’ve lost twice and have conceded seven goals.
Chelsea held considerably higher levels of live ball possession (57.2%), with their opponents seemingly happy to allow Chelsea to maintain possession.
The data reveals that Chelsea’s attack have mostly been down the left and through the centre, where they have delivered a high percentage of short passes (73.8%). Last season they had great success from dribbles, this season their dribbling has rated no better than average.
C vs L
Chelsea are creating many chances (15.4 per game), but a mere 2.5% can be considered gilt edged. Even when they shoot on goal, which they do frequently (14.4 shots per game) they find themselves frustrated by opponents who block their shots (31.9%) with unerring accuracy, with only 19.4% of Chelsea’s shots on goal rated as being dangerous.
Not only are Chelsea struggling to break down opposition defences, but when they do they are coming up against opponents who are performing exceptionally well and making very few defensive errors.
The one area in which Chelsea pose a significant attacking threat has been from set pieces, especially free kicks and especially those taken by Willian.
As an attacking force Chelsea are averaging only 1.6 goals per game at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea’s other problem has been keeping clean sheets, with Chelsea’s previously imperious defence, averaging 17.5% bad defensive actions. In five games Chelsea gave the ball away 88 times in their own half, with Cesc Fabregas guilty of losing the ball 11 times, three of which were serious.
Meanwhile Liverpool collected six points in their five away games, three of which were drawn, winning once on the opening day of the season. Liverpool have found the net a measly three times away from Anfield.
Liverpool’s style of play will of course chance now that Klopp rules the roost, but in their five away league games, Liverpool have had less live ball possession (46.7%) than their opponents.
Much of Liverpool’s attacking play has been down the right and through the centre and like Chelsea, they deliver a relatively low percentage of crosses.
Liverpool have found it difficult to create goal scoring chances (9.2 per game) away from Anfield, averaging only 0.6 gilt edged scoring chances per game and have had fewer shots on goal per game (10.8) than the league average; however when they shoot, a high percentage of their attempts (48%) have been on-target.
Despite having fewer shots on goal, Liverpool have an above average percentage of dangerous shots, but scoring fewer goals than average (0.6).
Liverpool pose less of a threat from set pieces than Chelsea, but where they are dangerous is from the corner kicks delivered by James Milner, half of which were regarded as being dangerous.
Defensively Liverpool have fewer problems than Chelsea, averaging 13.4% bad defensive actions; but are also guilty of giving away the ball frequently in their own half (117 times), with goalkeeper Mignolet losing possession eight times, three of which were rated as being serious.
Having had his first taste of victory midweek, will the ‘Normal One’ be the ‘Happy One’ after Saturday’s encounter or will the ‘Special One’ once again have something to smile about.

Leave a Reply