Chelsea vs. Liverpool – Match Preview – Odds – Betting Tips

Arguably the most exciting match of this round, the battle of the titans will take place on Stamford Bridge and the interest around this fixture is huge. Two in form teams are colliding and they will try to take their momentum forward and come closer to their fading objectives. While Chelsea is still in good shape to secure a Champions League spot, their title hopes are all but gone, with a ten points’ gap separating them from Manchester United.

Match Preview

Following an abysmal first half of season, Liverpool is slowly recovering under Dalglish, a manager that is highly unpredictable, when deciding the starting formation and the tactics deployed. There is no doubt that the visitors will not come out firing from the first minutes, aware of Chelsea’s offensive prowess, but we should expect a very intense match, especially after the latest transfers. Liverpool has the third worst traveling record in the Premier League, but this will hardly intimidate the players or the coach.

Liverpool lost Torres to Chelsea this winter and it’s very interesting to see how the Spaniard will perform against his former team. That is if Ancelotti will give him the chance to play, with Anelka and Drogba being so effective upfront. The visitors will be anxious to see how Torres’ replacement will deal with the Stamford Bridge pressure, but Suarez is a top class player and I trust him to deliver.

Betting Tip

Backing the hosts to win the game will only provide us with mediocre odds revolving around 1.60, which is hardly value for a derby. On the other hand if we take a look on the head to head results, we’ll notice that victory was seldom achieved by one goal.

Most bookmakers are offering odds around 2.00, if we choose the -1 Asian handicap bet, which covers the risks and presents us with the prospect of a higher profit. Those of you unfamiliar with these types of bets should know that -1 Asian handicap means money back if Chelsea wins by a single goal and you win if the hosts triumph by two or more.

Home win with -1 Asian handicap

Match odds

Bookmakers Home Draw Away Home Asian -1 Betting Bonus Get Bonus
Betfair Sports Betting 1.58* 4.60* 6.60* 1.88*
Party Bets 1.55 3.75 6.00 1.91
ladbrokes Sports Betting 1.57 4.00 5.50 1.84
William Hill Sports Betting 1.53 4.00 6.00 N/A

All odds are at the time of writing and may change before kick off.
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