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Avoiding defeat at home to Liverpool should keep Mourinho at Chelsea – for now

29 Oct | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Avoiding defeat at home to Liverpool should keep Mourinho at Chelsea – for now

The Blues won the Premier League six months ago, but their decline has been so startling that the Portuguese's position cannot be secure

Despite facing the prospect of a stadium ban for his continued indiscretions, Jose Mourinho is expected to be in the Stamford Bridge dugout for the visit of Liverpool.

It might be for the last time as Chelsea manager.

That is remarkable position for the man who guided the club to the Premier League title six months ago to be in, but the club’s decline has been so startling that his position cannot be secure.

The penalty-shootout defeat to Stoke in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday was the sixth match in seven the Blues have failed to win.

The loss at West Ham last weekend, meanwhile, dropped them to 15th in the table with 11 points from 10 matches.

That is 15 less than at the same stage of the season 12 months ago and 11 behind leaders Manchester City.

So precarious is his position, the Portuguese is 8/1 to go before the Champions League tie against Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday if his side are beaten by Liverpool at Saturday lunchtime.

But despite Chelsea’s poor form, that result would still be a surprise.

They won their last home game, after all – 2-0 against Aston Villa – and are unbeaten against the Reds in eight in all competitions.

Those results have been split equally between wins and draws and a repeat of either should be enough to keep Mourinho in his job for the time being.

Three points for Chelsea is 21/20, while the fixture ending all-square for the second time in as many seasons is 12/5.

Diego Costa was near to his best against Villa two weeks ago and is 4/1 to open the scoring, but he must pass a late fitness test in order to figure after being forced off against Stoke with a rib injury.

While not possessing the talent or tenacity of Costa, Loic Remy did score in midweek after replacing the Spanish international and could start in his absence.

The Frenchman is 5/1 to score first.

Striker issues have also troubled Jurgen Klopp, although the Liverpool boss did record his first victory in English football against Bournemouth in the League Cup on Wednesday.

That might be the only one from four games in charge, but the optimism surrounding the German’s appointment remains and his side are 5/2 to inflict the Blues’ third home defeat of the season.

The Anfield have an impressive recent record in West London in the league – winning twice and drawing twice in their last five visits.

Their chances of achieving a positive result have also been improved by the return of Christian Benteke, who missed the match in midweek with a minor injury.

The Belgian striker has three league goals in seven appearances for his new club – including against Southampton last weekend – and is 2/1 to make that four by scoring at any time.

And while Klopp could do with a maiden top-flight victory, there will be no panic if that run is extended to three matches.

The former Borussia Dortmund exudes a calmness that reflects his new-job security, but also his authority.

Mourinho was like that once.

It is something he must somehow rediscover if he is to remain at Stamford Bridge beyond the weekend.

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