Liverpool v Chelsea Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
April 10, 2019
Anfield - Premier League
Liverpool host Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon in what could turn out to be a season defining match for both teams. The Reds will be running high on confidence following an easy Champions League win during the week but their opponents are also in fine form.
Chelsea have had the better of Liverpool this season, with a League Cup win and a draw in the Premier League. A last minute goal from former Blue Daniel Sturridge was required on that day to ensure that Jurgen Klopp's side left London with a point.
Klopp is likely to rotate the side that played mid-week, likely handing a start to Georginho Winjnaldum, Andrew Robertson and potentially even Joe Gomez, following the centre-back's return from injury. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain reportedly featured in an U-21 match in the week but will remain unavailable for the time being.
Maurizio Sarri's side played on Thursday and will therefore see a significant overhaul, with Gonzalo Higuain starting in the League yet again, and Emerson also likely to feature.
Liverpool v Chelsea Predictions and Previews
It was roughly at this point in the season in the 2013/14 season that Liverpool's title campaign was derailed by Steven Gerrard's now infamous slip against Chelsea. Since then, the Reds have rebuilt themselves, and now look a side perhaps even more deserving of becoming Premier League champions.
On Sunday anything other than a win for the home side would constitute a failure, however, they are facing a Chelsea side that appears to be slowing regaining confidence. Following a strong start to the campaign, Maurizio Sarri's side went into free-fall following a defeat by Tottenham Hotspur, and are only just showing signs of recover. Opposition have learned how to limit the influence of Jorginho, completely stalling the Blues' build up play, whilst exposing a not particularly secure defence.
Given Liverpool's propensity to a high-press, Chelsea should be there for the taking, yet, having won their last four consecutive games, beating the Blues may be harder than it seems. It appears that the side is finally learning Sarai-Ball, the method of slow, patient, yet incisive build up play, which could see the Reds overstretched, whilst Eden Hazard's form is looking nothing short of unstoppable, with the winger 2/1 to score.
On the other hand, Klopp's side have looked leagues above Chelsea at their best, and they will benefit from two extra days rest and from the Blues playing away on Thursday night. Liverpool's star man Mohammed Salah may not be at his very best at the moment, but still remains a significant threat, whilst Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have both shouldered the goal-scoring burden this season.
Come match-day, the hosts are overwhelming favourites and could well blow their opponents away, although an early goal for Chelsea could add to the pressure of a title run-in yet again.
Mohammed Salah to score at 13/8
The Egyptian will be attacking Chelsea's left flank, which has often been their weak point this season.
Over 2.5 goals scored at 8/11
Liverpool love to attack and Chelsea have struggled defensively this season, the Reds could well improve their goal difference on Sunday.