Martin Keown: Chelsea’s away form is a cause for concern

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Martin Keown’s Premier League talking points: Chelsea’s away form is a cause for concern before Liverpool trip while Pep Guardiola must stick to his principles in bid for glory

  • Chelsea’s away form is of huge concern before their trip to Liverpool on Sunday
  • Arsenal have been slammed for their away record but Chelsea’s is just as bad 
  • Pep Guardiola abandoned his attacking style at Tottenham and must revert back
  • Spurs will be disappointed to have lost Harry Kane but they’re lucky to have Son 

Liverpool against Chelsea is a classic encounter in English football.

This is teed up to be the match of the weekend and Manchester City will be hoping the Londoners can do them a favour. But City will also remember how they put six past Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium in February.

Everyone this season has focused on how awful Arsenal have been away from home, but Chelsea have suffered just as many losses on the road as them.

Chelsea's away form is of huge concern before their trip to take on Liverpool on Sunday

Chelsea’s away form is of huge concern before their trip to take on Liverpool on Sunday

Both Unai Emery and Maurizio Sarri have lost six apiece away from home in the league. Still, City have to hope Chelsea can help them out on Sunday.

With Eden Hazard, anything is possible. The Belgian was sublime against West Ham at Stamford Bridge on Monday. If he was auditioning for Real Madrid, then he earned the part.

It was an absolutely fantastic performance. He scored a stellar goal and showed off his vast array of talents. Hazard is currently playing with a sense of freedom and with a smile on his face. I’m not sure we’ve seen that too often in the past. Chelsea will be desperate to keep him at all costs. 

With Eden Hazard, anything is possible though and the Belgian is currently in superb form

With Eden Hazard, anything is possible though and the Belgian is currently in superb form

Crystal Palace beat Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in December and now Pep Guardiola takes his team to Selhurst Park knowing this is a must-win. To do that, they must attack.

Now that the dust has settled on City’s Champions League quarter-final first-leg loss to Tottenham, we have to analyse Guardiola’s selection and the system he used. He abandoned his attacking philosophy. The team had one arm tied behind its back.

He deliberately did that by using two holding midfielders and leaving the likes of Kevin De Bruyne on the bench.

City lost but they now have to bounce back. Guardiola will want his players to come flying out of the blocks against Palace in London on Sunday afternoon. 

Pep Guardiola abandoned his attacking philosophy at Tottenham and it affected his team

Pep Guardiola abandoned his attacking philosophy at Tottenham and it affected his team

It should be a mandatory win for Tottenham against Huddersfield on Saturday day. 

Spurs fans will be disappointed to have lost Harry Kane. Who wouldn’t be? But in Son Heung-min, they have an excellent replacement.

Son is at his best up front on his own and can score outstanding goals. He has big boots to fill but Son is up to the task.

Sean Dyche’s Burnley are almost safe and they can underline that by winning at Turf Moor on Saturday.

If Neil Warnock’s side lose, however, it could be goodnight Cardiff. The Welsh club are five points from safety, and Dyche will see this as a chance to put his opponents out of their misery. 

Sean Dyche¿s Burnley are almost safe and they can underline that by beat Cardiff at home

Sean Dyche’s Burnley are almost safe and they can underline that by beat Cardiff at home

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