This game is likely to be a defining game in Liverpool’s title challenge, Liverpool have notoriously struggled against Chelsea and any dropped points could very easily write off their hopes for the Premier League top spot.
Liverpool haven’t won at home against Chelsea since 2012 and haven’t scored more than 1 goal in this fixture since 2013. The considerable difference is the rise of Liverpool in recent years, this season in the Premier League they’re averaging 2.87 goals a game at Anfield and have only dropped points in 2 of their 16 home fixtures.
The Reds last home defeat was an EFL Cup 2-1 loss against Chelsea in September at the hands of an Eden Hazard wonder goal, who seems to step it up against Liverpool. In the last 2 meetings he has scored in the both of them and also comes into the game in blistering form after yet another incredible goal against West Ham. Mohamed Salah has been quiet of late scoring 1 in his last 7 PL appearances and has also scored 1 in his last 7 against the current top 6, he’s shown signs of a return to form but needs to find his goalscoring capabilities again.
Despite what’s been previously mentioned about Chelsea’s enjoyment of facing Liverpool, they’ve been in torrid form in this calendar year. Since January 1st, Chelsea haven’t scored an away goal against a team outside of the relegation zone and to make matters worse, haven’t picked up a single point either.
Maurizio Sarri has started to open his eyes to the true talent at Chelsea with recent starts for Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, they were both rested in midweek vs Slavia Prague which would give the impression they’ll be starting today. With the attacking threat of RLC, CHO and Hazard there could be an upset on the cards which would cripple Liverpool’s chances of a first ever Premier League title.
Chelsea’s horrendous away form is something you can’t look past but the Blues always seem to make life awkward for Liverpool, there’s going to be goals from both sides, that’s for sure but here’s a couple of value picks to enjoy.
Eden Hazard to score anytime is generally available around 5/2.
Over 2.5 goals and Chelsea to win or draw is roughly 5/1.