Are Hazard and Coutinho key to success?

Date published: Wednesday 1st February 2017 7:25

There are many ingredients to a title-winning team, with a strong goalkeeper, solid defence and in-form strikers all key, but having a player with the X-factor can make the difference between a 0-0 draw and a 1-0 win away from home on a wet Wednesday evening.

Chelsea and Liverpool are fortunate to each possess one in their ranks, with Eden Hazard the star of Stamford Bridge and Philippe Coutinho able to get the Merseyside faithful out of their seats when he is on the ball.
Hazard already has one Premier League title under his belt and may well make that two, as the Blues currently sit top of the Premier League standings.

The Belgium international is now back to his best after going missing for most of last season and it could be argued that his dip in form cost Jose Mourinho his job, heralding a new era in west London under the vociferous and passionate Antonio Conte.

The Italian seems to be getting the best out of Hazard once more who, when on top of his game, has been placed third behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo by many pundits in terms of skill and ability to make something out of nothing.

His small stature and a low centre of gravity helps the 26-year-old glide past defenders with ease, while he possesses lethal shooting boots when given a chance.

Hazard has already scored nine goals in all competitions this season and, with Chelsea solid at the back, his ability to carve out an opening for himself or his talented team-mates, makes him so crucial to their title-winning ambitions.

When seeking out this year’s best betting offers, Chelsea to win the Premier League could be high on the list, and it appears as though Liverpool might have left themselves with too much to do to bridge the 10-point gap to the leaders.

Coutinho is still on the comeback trail after a seven-week injury absence and so may not yet be in peak condition but he does have six goals from 17 outings this term.

Since Steven Gerrard left Anfield, the onus is now on the Brazilian to provide spectacular goals and he does not disappoint, with many long-range efforts bringing gasps from the stands.

The South American is also able to provide assist but does not have the same quality of strikers to work with as Hazard, with Daniel Sturridge yet to replicate the form that saw him touted as the next big things a few years ago.

Therefore, the end product of the former Inter Milan star’s play is not always evident in the stats and he needs to provide more magic for his team to take advantage.

Both players are the ones that fans pay to watch and want to see in the starting line-up but it will surely be Hazard who is the happier in May with more silverware in the cabinet.

With a tight draw in Tuesday night’s clash all eyes will be on the talented duo, but who will win the battle of the superstars?

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