Andy Gray: Why Chelsea will beat Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool
Former Everton star Andy Gray is backing Chelsea to beat rivals Liverpool at Stamford Bridge
Andy Gray has backed Chelsea to beat Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.
The Blues are looking to make a return to winning ways in the Premier League after a 2-1 defeat by derby rivals West Ham United at Upton Park last weekend.
Liverpool are struggling at the moment to score goals. They don’t look a team that are creating chances and I think that will continue
Liverpool are still searching for their first Premier League win under new manager Jurgen Klopp after successive stalemate with Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton.
And Gray reckons Liverpool’s lack of a goal threat should play into Chelsea’s hands in west London, adding that the defending Premier League champions will respond this weekend.
“I fancy Chelsea. They’re still at home and they have a chance,” Gray wrote in Paddy Power’s blog.
“There’s nothing that suggests Liverpool have changed. Klopp will take time and the players will take time to find out what he wants and to play the way he wants.
“Liverpool are struggling at the moment to score goals. They don’t look a team that are creating chances and I think that will continue. I think Chelsea will respond this weekend. They can’t go much lower than last week. Mourinho sent off, assistant sent off, Matic sent off.
“For me that was when the season came to a head for Mourinho.”
The former Everton forward also tipped Chelsea forward Diego Costa to get on the score sheet if the Spain international is passed fit for the west London side.
Gray added: “I’m going for a Chelsea 2-0 win because I don’t think that Liverpool will or can score. If Costa starts I’d be looking at him to score the first goal.
“Don’t discount the centre backs in a game like this. A tight, tough game the first goal could come from Terry, Cahill or Zouma from a set play.”
Chelsea are in 15th place and 11 points behind leaders Manchester City after a return of 11 points from 10 games.
The Blues have already lost six times in the Premier League, including two defeats at Stamford Bridge.