Liverpool v Chelsea Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Liverpool v Chelsea

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Thursday, April 4, 2019


Anfield

Punter's Pick

This game is too tight to call outright and under 2.5 goals can be backed at evens for the first 15-20 minutes with a view to cashing out for a profit at Bet365. You could mitigate this further and go with under 3.5 goals at 2/5 as there have not been four goals or more in this fixture since 2015.

Liverpool host Chelsea in the tie of the weekend, with both teams sitting in the top four and coming in to this game in excellent form. Liverpool are still hunting their first Premier League title and will be hoping Palace do them a favour and allow them to start the game in pole position. Chelsea are still pushing for a top four finish to guarantee qualification in to next seasons Champions League.

Liverpool enter this game unbeaten in their last 15 games in all competitions including six straight wins. In that time they have despatched German giants Bayern Munich in the Champions League and established one foot in the semi-finals after their 2-0 victory over Porto. A tough 3-1 win over Southampton ensured they didn’t slip in a game many thought they could have, with Mo Salah and an inspired Jordan Henderson coming up with late goals. Most pundits and fans believe this is the last of their ‘difficult’ fixtures despite the team having to go away to Newcastle and hosting high-flying Wolves. But on paper this does remain the most difficult tie and should the Reds come through it will raise the temperature to fever pitch around Anfield as a first Premier League title beckons.

Maurizio Sarri, despite having a difficult season at times, has overseen a run of four straight wins in all competitions which has enabled the Blues to start this game in the fourth Champions League position. As their fate is in their own hands, they will be desperate to ensure they don’t let Manchester United or Arsenal get a chance to overtake them and will most likely field a strong team. Eden Hazard has been in fine form despite rumours of a summer transfer to Real Madrid and Sarri will be keen to push as much of their play through their Belgian talisman. The team are also going well in the Europa League and will be hoping for silverware and another entryway into the Champions League next season.

In team news, Liverpool will welcome back Andy Robertson who missed the Champions League victory over Porto due to suspension. The Reds have also been boosted by the return of Joe Gomez who was named on the bench in that game, but will most likely not be risked for such a big encounter. The front three of Liverpool are effectively confirmed for every game barring injury as Salah, Mane and Firmino look to continue their impressive form for the title run-in.

Chelsea made a whole host of changes for their 1-0 victory over Slavia Prague in the Europa League. Gonzalo Higuain could be reinstated in to lead the line with Olivier Giroud making way and Eden Hazard almost a certainty to start the game alongside N’Golo Kante. One key decision will be whether Sarri decides to start wonderkid Hudson-Odoi or bring him on from the bench and start with the experience of Willian or Pedro. Either way, the Blues certainly have enough big-game players to cause an upset at Anfield and dent their title challenge.

This game has always been a special encounter with the teams battling each other for the title and Champions League crowns during the days of Jose Mourinho and Rafa Benitez. The circumstances are eerily similar to the last time Liverpool came close to winning the title, with Chelsea visiting Anfield and winning the game after ‘that slip’ by captain Steven Gerrard. The Reds were leading the title race with Manchester City as their closest rivals and once Demba Ba ran through on goal and scored, City went on to win and secure the title. Chelsea are again in town and could boost City this time around if they can take any points off the leaders. Liverpool are made of sturdier stuff these days but the pressure of a title run could cause more shocks when these two meet.

The recent head to heads are more in favour of Chelsea as Liverpool have not beaten them since 2016. The Blues knocked their rivals out of the League Cup courtesy of a stunning individual goal from Eden Hazard, but the Reds managed to secure a dramatic late draw in the reverse fixture courtesy of a long-range effort from Daniel Sturridge.

Punter's Pick

This game is too tight to call outright and under 2.5 goals can be backed at evens for the first 15-20 minutes with a view to cashing out for a profit at Bet365. You could mitigate this further and go with under 3.5 goals at 2/5 as there have not been four goals or more in this fixture since 2015.

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