Liverpool v Chelsea Betting Tips & Preview
Liverpool welcome Chelsea to Anfield on Sunday in a mammoth Premier League clash for both sides.
Game: Liverpool v Chelsea
Kick-off (UK Time): Sunday 16:30 14 April 2019
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have recaptured their form. After an incredible start to the campaign, the Reds suffered something of a blip at the start of 2019. A loss to rivals Manchester City in the league was followed up by a swift exit from the FA Cup at the hands of Wolverhampton Wanderers. Just a few weeks later and Liverpool went on a run of two wins in seven matches as Man City regained the ground on Klopp’s side in the league.
What followed in March was an impressive return to form. Liverpool haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of their previous five matches but have found a way to win every one of them. Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have been mainstays on the score sheet as they waited for star man Mohamed Salah to break his two-month goal drought in the 3-1 win over Southampton.
The story of Chelsea’s season so far is a little more complicated. Manager Maurizio Sarri is still experimenting with playing style and personnel with the only guarantee being inconsistent results and performances. The Blues have had a strange few months which has seen them progress in the Europa League and pick up two wins over Tottenham Hotspur while also losing 4-0 to AFC Bournemouth and 6-0 to Manchester City.
Away form has been the big problem for Maurizio Sarri of late. Chelsea have lost four of their last six Premier League matches away from Stamford Bridge. That will need to change on Sunday but they will take some hope to Anfield. Liverpool have lost just one competitive match at home in the last twelve months and that was against the Blues back in September.
Both sides will be looking for three points to further their ongoing aspirations. Liverpool are, of course, locked in a title race with Manchester City. The Reds are two points ahead of their rivals who have a game in hand. For Chelsea, the top four is the aim. Just three points separate Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United with two of England’s big clubs set to miss out on qualification for the UEFA Champions League next season.
Liverpool and Chelsea have produced some unforgettable matches in the last few years. Both clubs have come a long way since the days of Benitez vs Mourinho but this rivalry is no less fraught than it was a decade ago.
The matches have gotten a lot tighter of late. The result has been settled by a one-goal margin on 12 of the last 13 occasions, much to the dismay of Liverpool. The Reds haven’t beaten Chelsea since way back in 2016 and you’d have to go back to 2012 for their last win at Anfield when Daniel Agger and Jonjo Shelvey scored for the Merseyside club.
Both sides will go into the match with nearly full strength squads. Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Pedro and Marcos Alonso are slight doubts for the visitors after being rested by manager Maurizio Sarri. The Blues will also be without long-term absentee Marco Van Ginkel as well as youngster Ethan Ampadu.
For the Reds, almost all of their squad is available. Adam Lallana should recover in time but Joe Gomez is expected to miss out. The only other player set to miss the match is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain but the former Arsenal man is just a few weeks away from rejoining the first-team squad.
Naturally, Liverpool are the big favourites for the clash given their recent home form. Jurgen Klopp’s team are 3/5 to secure the win on Betway as of 8 April with Chelsea out at 17/4. The final result is unclear but it’s fair to say that we can expect is a tight game. Recent history suggests as much and we could be on for the clichéd ‘European hangover’ with both clubs travelling to the continent for a match this week. Under 2.5 goals seems like a decent punt at 11/10.
But of course, few things are certain about this Chelsea side. They lost 6-0 away to Manchester City earlier in the season and it wouldn’t be an enormous surprise to see a rampant Liverpool put a few past them on Sunday. Liverpool to win with a -3 3-way handicap might be a good outside shout at 8/1. Either way, all eyes will be fixated on Anfield on Sunday afternoon.