Brendan Rodgers’ side welcome Jose Mourinho’s men to Anfield this Sunday, with Hugh Wilson backing the home side to continue thier good scoring form
With Chelsea and Liverpool both remaining in contention for the league title earlier this year, many looked at the fixture list and picked out this match as a potential title decider, although few may have predicted Liverpool’s dominant position.
With five points separating Liverpool in 1st and Chelsea in 2nd, a victory for the Reds would take them one step closer to lifting the league title and rule out the Blues.
Much has been made this week about Jose Mourinho’s comments that he will play a second string side to face Liverpool this weekend with a Champions League second-leg tie against Atletico Madrid in mind next week.
Mourinho suggested none of the players who will play in the semi finals will feature at Liverpool. Whether this is mind games or a genuine statement from the Blues’ boss in another question.
The away side’s price has understandably drifted since those comments, pricing them at 4/1 (5.00). Chelsea come into this game struggling for form away from home, winning only two of their last nine games on the road.
Liverpool’s hard fought 3-2 win away at Norwich last weekend saw them extend their winning run in the Premier League to 11 matches. With the Reds scoring for fun, it’s tough to see any side stopping them in their quest to lift their first Premier League title since 1990.
Last time out at home Rodgers’ side took Manchester City apart in the first half, only to see the visitors come back with two second half goals. However, Phillipe Coutinho was on hand late on to secure a vital three points. bet365 price them at 4/6 (1.67) to win again, with the price starting out at around 11/10 (2.10) at the start of the week. The same firm price the draw at 3/1 (4.00).
With over 2.5 goals in the game and over 1.5 goals first half games usually favourites to back in Liverpool games, it’s worth looking elsewhere with those prices a little short to back.
With Mourinho likely to rest players, and when you consider their current form away from home, it’s tough to see past another dominating display from Liverpool.
Despite a strong Chelsea defence this season, without the missing pair of John Terry and Petr Cech, a bet that stands out is Liverpool over 2.5 goals at 13/8 (2.63) . As well as landing in their last two matches, it has paid out in five of their last six home games, and overall 11 times at Anfield, including against teams like Man City, Tottenham, Arsenal, Everton, Swansea and West Ham.
With Luis Suarez in scintillating form and goals being scored from a variety of players in all sorts of positions, it’s tough to see Chelsea, without John Terry of Petr Cech keeping the Reds out.
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