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Chelsea V Liverpool
Sunday 10th May. 4PM. Sky Sports 1
The Premier League title -race might be over but there’s still plenty to play for at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea meet Liverpool in this intriguing Sunday showdown.
Jose Mourinho’s newly crowned champions are still unbeaten at home and will want to preserve that until the end. For Liverpool, it’s a must win if Brendan Rodgers wants to see his men playing Champions League football.
These two clubs have shared a fierce rivalry in recent years and this should be another thrilling chapter. Bring it on!
Boring Blues Never Lose[quote_right]Jose Mourinho has won eight and lost just one of 10 Premier League matches as a coach against Liverpool. [/quote_right]Chelsea might have sealed the title but Mourinho loves getting one over on Liverpool and will be sure to keep his players focused over the final weeks fo the campaign.
The Blues have been typically solid at the back this term, looking almost impregnable at times, and hav often frustrated the contenders. However, an attacking arsenal of Cesc Fabregas, Eden Hazard, Diego Costa and co mean they are actually anything other than boring. Sadly, the match looks to be too early for top scorer Costa to return but the experienced Didier Drogba has deputised well in his absence and will keep Liverpool’s centre-backs occupied.[quote_center]Bet on the game at Paddy Power and grab yourself a £50 free bet when you join[/quote_center]
Mourinho has been tactically sound all season and is unlikely to get it wrong here. His team have dropped just nine points and conceded 7 goals at Stamford Bridge all season and have been brilliant when playing teams around them, picking up the right results against the likes of Arsenal, Machester United and Manchester City.
The urgency might not be at the same level as normal but it would be foolish to think Chelsea will give Liverpool an easy ride. Expect the champions to show exactly why they’ve been crowned champions with time to spare.
Attacking Problems To Cost Reds[quote_right]Liverpool have won just four points in their seven PL games against the current top four in this season (W1 D1 L5). [/quote_right]If only Liverpool hadn’t loaned Divock Origi back to Lille. Whilst the likes of Mario Balotelli, Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert have struggled for goals, the Belgian international might have provided the goals needed to give the Reds a much better chance of Champions League football.
Despite facing Chelsea away, the pressure is on Liverpool due to the situation and we’re not quite sure how Brendan Rodgers’ men will react. The Reds have lost to Arsenal and both Manchester clubs away, as well as Chelsea in the Capital One Cup, and also enter this clash having lost their last three competitive matches away from Anfield.
Liverpool do possess some quality talent, though, and the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling can turn the game in an instant. Moreover, the impressive Jordan Henderson can hold his own against Chelsea’s formidable midfield so the Reds shouldn’t give up on their Champions League dream just yet.
Nonetheless, this is an immensely difficult task. It will be fascinating to see how they match up.
Chelsea V Liverpool Betting Tips
Chelsea are predictably the favourites at 21/20 with Bet365, whilst Liverpool are priced 13/5 to cause an upset. The draw is available at 5/2.
The situation makes it fairly difficult to call this one but there’s still a good chance that Chelsea will turn up for this game. If they do, we can’t see Liverpool getting anything from this match.
Odds are already stacked against Rodgers’ men as they attempt to recover their poor start to secure Champions League football. Sadly for the visiting supporters, we think their fate will be secured here.
[quote_center]Chelsea -0.5 Asian handicap @ 43/40 with Bet365[/quote_center]
Having successfully picked out a 25/1 winner on the ‘man-of-the-match’ market when Chelsea faced Arsenal recently, we’re looking to that market for another outside shot.
Nemanja Matic has been the master of containing opponents this term and we think the Serbian can marshall the midfield area to stunning results once more. At 11/1, it’s got to be worth a small punt.
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