Jose Mourinho isn’t in the best of moods lately, despite being in a Champions League semi-final and still having a slim chance of Premier League glory. The Happy One is anything but, as he moans his way through press conferences and sulks in his tracksuit tops. Gone is the Armani jacket and the arrogant swagger that lit up Mourinho, replaced by a grumpy, sullen soul.
He has even threatened to play a weakened team against title rivals Liverpool on Sunday, with more than one eye on the second leg against Atletico Madrid in midweek.
There are many things that could cheer up Jose. A warm hug from David Luiz looks like it could do the trick, or a night on the couch watching the first season of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Even a quick look at the range of David Moyes gags on Paddy’s twitter page could raise a smile. But, more than anything, three points against Liverpool, would put a big fat grin on the gaffer’s face. Not least because Luis Garcia’s ‘ghost goal’ nine years ago is clearly still haunting the Special One.
Jose’s record against Liverpool is a lot like the food in Pizza Hut. Nothing exceptional, but hardly terrible either. He’s faced them 17 times in total – all with Chelsea – winning eight times, losing four and drawing the other five. That’s a win rate of 47 per cent which is worse than Mourinho’s record against Arsenal (55 per cent) and Man City (64 per cent), but slightly better than his record against Man United (44 per cent).
Mourinho’s record drastically improves when you filter his record down to just league games. Rafa Benitez’s ability to get one over Mourinho in Europe between 2005 and 2007 doesn’t do Jose’s stats any favours and there’s a Community Shield loss in there to boot.
Simply focused on Premier League matches however, Mourinho has lost just once to Liverpool, winning six games and drawing the other one. Most recently in December, goals from Eden Hazard and Samuel Eto’o wiped out a Martin Skrtel opener to give Chelsea the win at Stamford Bridge, despite Brendan Rodgers throwing a hissy-fit when Luis Suarez probably should have won a penalty.
Unfortunately for The Pensioners, that good record disintegrates faster than David Moyes’ Old Trafford contract when you look at Mourinho’s career record at Anfield. When travelling to Liverpool, Jose can boast of just three victories – drawing two and losing the other three matches he’s played up there. To make it even worse Mourinho’s won just one of his last six trips to the red half of Merseyside making his trips to Anfield as bleak as a night out with Gareth Southgate.
Chelsea are 15/4 outsiders for the game against Liverpool, with the home side 7/10 to take three points and move even closer to a Premier League crown. Considering Mourinho’s great record against Liverpool in the league, but dismal record at Anfield, it’s fair to say the stats don’t lend themselves to either result, so you could always get nice and comfy on the fence and back the draw at 3/1.