Sunday 14 April, kick-off 4.30pm
Anfield – Premier League
It’s the game of the weekend at Anfield on Sunday, as Liverpool play host to Chelsea in this Premier League preview. This is the hardest game left on paper for the title-chasing Reds, and a win could prove pivotal.
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What’s the story with Liverpool vs Chelsea?
Is Liverpool vs Chelsea on TV? Yes, it’s being shown live on Sky Sports.
What happened last time? Daniel Sturridge scored an 89th-minute screamer to rescue a point for Liverpool at Stamford Bridge in late September. His dramatic equaliser cancelled out Eden Hazard’s first-half opener.
What are the Liverpool vs Chelsea odds? Liverpool are the 7/10 favourites in your Premier League predictions this weekend, while Chelsea are available at 9/2 with Betfred. The draw’s 16/5 with the same bookmaker, who are offering £30 in free bets when you sign up here.
Remember that time…Liverpool last beat Chelsea at Anfield? It was almost seven years ago, as the Reds won 4-1 in May 2012. The Blues recovered to become European champions just 11 days later though.
Team news and form
Last six: WWWWWW
Adam Lallana is an injury doubt for these Liverpool v Chelsea predictions, but Jurgen Klopp has few problems apart from that. Joe Gomez is back in contention after being named as a substitute against Porto in midweek. He might not be rushed back into the starting XI for this big game though. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is also nearing a return to first-team action.
Last six: WLWWWW
Maurizio Sarri also has a relatively clean bill of health coming into this weekend’s game. Apart from long-forgotten Marco van Ginkel, Welsh youngster Ethan Ampadu is the Italian’s only injury concern. Hazard, N’Golo Kante and David Luiz will all come back into the starting line-up after Thursday’s trip to Prague, while Gonzalo Higuain is also likely to replace Olivier Giroud.
Liverpool vs Chelsea prediction, preview and betting tips
Talk about hitting form at the right time. Liverpool have won their last six matches and are unbeaten in 15. However, Chelsea have a very good record at Anfield in recent years, and are on a run of four straight wins themselves. These football predictions are beautifully poised, and could go a long way in deciding the destination of the Premier League title.
Liverpool have swept aside all comers in recent weeks. They’ve still only lost once in the league all season, away at Manchester City at the start of January. The Reds are unbeaten in their last 37 Premier League home games, although Chelsea beat them 2-1 on Merseyside in the Carabao Cup earlier this season.
The Blues have only lost two of the last 16 meetings between the teams, and are unbeaten in their last eight games at Anfield. However, the visitors come into this Liverpool vs Chelsea prediction on the back of five straight defeats away to ‘big six’ opposition. Three of those have been under Sarri this season. In those three, they’ve only scored one goal and conceded 11. Six of those were against Man City.
While Chelsea are on a decent run at the moment, they were unconvincing away from home in Europe in midweek. They’re currently third in the Premier League table though, and right in the mix for the top four. Liverpool are 16 points better off however, and this is a massive game as they bid to end a 29-year title drought.
That’s why we’re backing this to be a tight game, with Liverpool 13/5 with bet365 to win by one goal. We’re backing them to win 1-0, which is 7/1 with the same bookmaker in your football score predictions. You can bet against both teams to score predictions at 21/20, while Liverpool are 2/1 to win to nil. If you want football tips with big odds, you could back Mohamed Salah to score the game’s only goal at 23/1 with Betfair.
Liverpool vs Chelsea first goalscorer predictions
Salah ended his barren spell in style with a wonderful goal at Southampton last weekend. A hugely important strike that put Liverpool 2-1 up with 10 minutes to go at St Mary’s, it ended a run of eight games without goal for the Egyptian. He’s 15/4 with Betway to follow it up with another crucial goal by opening the scoring on Sunday. Hazard meanwhile is 8/1 in the first goalscorer odds, after he also scored a stunning goal last weekend.
Liverpool to win
Liverpool to win to nil
Mo Salah to score first
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Although he loves the fact that he shares his name with his favourite player of all time, Jon wishes he had half the talent of former Manchester United maestro Paul. Instead, Jon has turned to writing about the game he loves, and is superstitious about never backing his team, United, when it comes to his weekly bets.