This is how Chelsea can beat Liverpool ... get the crosses in

Kompany, Mignolet and De Bruyne Belgium

Simon Mignolet does not deal well with crosses and that might just be how Chelsea get the better of their title rivals.

Chelsea take on Liverpool this weekend in the Barclays Premier League in a game which will have significant bearing on how the table will look come the end of the campaign. Liverpool are currently soaring and are on the brink of winning the Premier League table - a win against one of their nearest rivals this weekend and they might have just wrapped it up.

For Chelsea they first have to consider how on earth they are going to stop Liverpool scoring in the opening 20 minutes. The Reds have been banging in goals early on this season - often killing games before they even get started.

But how do Chelsea go about scoring?

Liverpool are not exactly iron clad at the back - and are simply outscoring opponents this season. But they have not come up a defensive unit as astute as Chelsea in 2014.

So if Chelsea can bag a goal or two at Anfield - they might just have enough to hold out and blow this title race wild open again.

So how should Chelsea line up?

Personally, I think they need to go a little bit old school.

Liverpool have not had many weak links this season - but Simon Mignolet might just be it.

Here is a table documenting the current 20 first-team keepers in the Premier League and their statistics when it comes to dealing with crosses. 

  TeamPosTotal High ClaimCross Not ClaimedGood High ClaimPunchesAppsMins
Brad Guzan Aston Villa GK 88 4 84 13 34 3,060
Julian Speroni Crystal Palace GK 77 2 76 8 35 3,150
Asmir Begovic Stoke GK 72 6 69 15 30 2,700
John Ruddy Norwich GK 71 6 61 11 35 3,150
Wojciech Szczesny Arsenal GK 64 5 59 26 35 3,150
Vito Mannone Sunderland GK 61 2 56 12 25 2,207
David Marshall Cardiff GK 55 2 54 7 34 3,060
Tim Howard Everton GK 50 6 49 14 34 2,993
Joe Hart Man City GK 46 2 44 24 27 2,430
Tim Krul Newcastle GK 44 6 38 14 33 2,970
David Stockdale Fulham GK 39 3 37 9 18 1,468
Hugo Lloris Spurs GK 38 3 37 31 34 3,060
Petr Cech Chelsea GK 37 3 37 12 34 3,060
Artur Boruc Southampton GK 34 1 32 10 26 2,308
Michel Vorm Swansea GK 34 1 30 12 24 2,159
Simon Mignolet Liverpool GK 33 6 29 26 35 3,150
Ben Foster West Brom GK 31 4 29 3 20 1,788
Adrián West Ham GK 29 1 29 3 17 1,530
David de Gea Man Utd GK 28 0 27 12 33 2,970
Allan McGregor Hull GK 16 2 14 16 25 2,137

Mignolet is low down the table for a reason.

Only one keeper, Hugo Lloris, punches the ball more than the Belgian and he has also claimed less high balls then the majority of the Premier League goalkeeping fraternity.

Chelsea should get Demba Ba in the starting XI, with Oscar in behind and two wingers ready to whip in dangerous crosses at Mignolet all day long - and really test his credentials as a top draw goalkeeper.

Do that, and they might just pull it off.

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