Liverpool vs Chelsea: Blues at the double to dent Reds' title bid
Liverpool vs Chelsea Match Preview and Predictions
Liverpool and Chelsea meet in a crucial Premier League encounter on Sunday after successful European outings during the week.
[All odds correct at time of publication]
Jurken Klopp's men defeated Porto 2-0 in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday and face Chelsea two points clear at the top of the table.
The Blues moved into third spot on Monday night following a 2-0 victory over West Ham, but have had a tough week after Marcos Alonso gave them a late winner in Thursday's Europa League tie at Sparta Praha.
When is it? Sunday 14th April
What time is kick-off? 16:30
Where is it being played? Anfield
Which channel is it on? Sky Sports Main Event/Premier League
Who is the referee? Michael Oliver
Liverpool vs Chelsea Betting Tips
Here are our best tips for the match and we also have a range of other markets available:
Liverpool have five games left to win their first title in 29 years but even maximum points from their remaining matches may not be enough with defending champions Manchester City having a game in hand.
City are in action at Crystal Palace a couple of hours before the Liverpool match so Klopp's side may well find themselves back in second place at kick-off.
Sunday's visitors lacked fluency in Prague where Alonso headed in Willian's cross four minutes from time to secure the advantage heading to Stamford Bridge on Thursday.
However, manager Maurizio Sarri made seven changes to the side that beat the Hammers, leaving Eden Hazard, N'Golo Kante and Ruben-Loftus Cheek on the bench, although all three players were introduced as second-half substitutes.
The teams are meeting for the third time this season and Chelsea have yet to lose. Indeed, Liverpool have failed to beat the west Londoners in five attempts and yet they start the match as 4/6 favourites, while the Blues are 17/4.
Concluding his press conference, Sarri said he is happy with tonight as his team showed they are able 'to suffer' and still end with a good result, which was not the case at times earlier in the season. More from him on https://t.co/OFDrFXj77c and The 5th Stand soon. #SLACHE pic.twitter.com/iSJwtrh0oZ-- Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) April 11, 2019
The Blues won 2-1 at Anfield in the third round of the EFL Cup in September when Hazard came on to bag the winner and three days later the Belgian was on target again in a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge where Daniel Sturridge equalised a minute from time.
It's easy to get carried away with Liverpool's title run and their home record which reads W14 D2 L0, but Sarri's men have improved in recent weeks, so the first of our Liverpool vs Chelsea predictions is for Chelsea to win or draw at 5/4 in the double chance market.
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First goalscorer tips
Mo Salah and Sadio Mane are both 7/2 in the first goalscorer odds but at more than double the price our pick is Eden Hazard who has scored in both games against Liverpool this season.
The Belgium schemer scored a sensational solo goal against the Hammers this week before sealing the points with a smart last-minute strike to make it four Premier League goals in his last five appearances.
Hazard also scored a combined three goals for Belgium in their Euro 2020 qualifiers against Russia and Cyprus so he is bang in form and excellent Premier League odds of 13/2 to break the deadlock.
Anytime goalscorer tips
Kante came on for the last 20 minutes in the Czech Republic but he will undoubtedly start Sunday's game if fit and is superb value at 11/1 in the anytime goalscorer odds.
The France midfielder has not scored since January but two of his four goals this season came against Tottenham and Manchester City, so he looks like a man for the big occasion, and having been given a more attacking role on the right under Sarri, should get one or two chances at Anfield.
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Where the game will be won or lost
The game at Anfield is undoubtedly Liverpool's toughest during the run-in and inevitably conjures up memories of the 2013-14 season when Steven Gerrard's slip allowed Demba Ba to put the Blues ahead on the way to a 2-0 victory.
The Reds then blew a three-goal lead to draw 3-3 at Crystal Palace as Manchester City went on to win the title on the last day of the season with a 2-0 victory over West Ham.
Klopp's side will be hoping to avoid a slip-up on Sunday, but a look at recent encounters between these teams show how tight they usually are with seven of the last 13 ending in a score draw.
There has been a 1-1 draw in each of the last five seasons and during the 2014-15 campaign there were two after their Capital One Cup semi-final first leg finished all square.
Chelsea will not have had as much time to prepare for the game having played on Monday and Thursday, but they kept their powder dry in Prague, so the next of our Liverpool vs Chelsea betting tips is a 1-1 draw at 7/1.
We're also going to take advantage of a BetStars Odds Boost in wrapping up our Liverpool vs Chelsea preview by predicting Mo Salah and Hazard to score at 8/1.
Salah ended an eight-match drought with a glorious finish against Southampton and had a couple of decent chances against Porto.
Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson will return to the side having been suspended against Porto. That means James Milner is available for a midfield role, giving Klopp a selection dilemma as Naby Keita and Jordan Henderson have both performed well in the last two matches. Adam Lallana is expected to return to the squad after missing the last two games with a muscle injury.
Chelsea will assess Callum Hudson-Odoi before opting whether to field the England teenager. He sat out Thursday's Europa League game with Sarri insisting he needed to rest but he travelled to Prague.
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Liverpool are imperious at home and with Chelsea having to play a third game in the space of seven days it looks like the advantage lies with Klopp's side who have won three and drawn one of their home games against top-six sides this season. The Reds to win by two goals or more at 7/4 looks the way to go.
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