Liverpool vs Chelsea Premier League – Betting tips and match preview

Liverpool vs ChelseaLiverpool will play Chelsea today in the Premier League at 14:30 CET at Anfield, but will they be able to stop Chelsea in their bid for the Premier League title. With only two matches remaining of the season, Liverpool has nothing left to play for, while Chelsea can put pressure on Manchester United by winning today or loose an important step in the title race.

Failure for Liverpool

After their exit to Atletico Madrid in the Europa League on Thursday, Liverpool’s season can be summed up in one word; failure. Benitez’s squad now looks to miss out on any title this season, while fourth place and Champions League qualification seems long gone for the Reds. With only two games remaining they need maximum points in their last fixtures to reach fourth place, but at the same time they need help from other sides as well, which is unlikely to happen.

Despite this Liverpool has had a good run lately in the Premier League, where they are undefeated in their last five fixtures and could finish the season with a positive state of mind. It would surely give a confidence boost going into next season undefeated in seven games, which must be the current goal for Benitez’s side. At the same time they must be optimistic before today’s game at Anfield, where they have won 11 times against Chelsea in the Premier League era, which is quite a good record. Actually they have won 9 out of 10 games at Anfield playing against the top Premier League clubs and are a handful for anybody at home.

Chealsea can win it all

Chelsea could lock up the title in today’s game by winning, if Manchester United looses their later fixture at Sunderland. Although possible, it seems likely the battle will go on to the last round and Chelsea is somewhat forced to win in any case to keep their lead. Ancelotti’s squad is surely aware of this fact and how important it will be to get maximum points in today’s fixture at Anfield. However, Chelsea has yet to find a way through Liverpool, who has managed to keep a clean sheet in four out of six times against the London side. On other hand Chelsea is playing superb at the moment with five wins in six away games and 23 goals, although they lost their last away game to Tottenham 2-1.

Liverpool will likely play with a similar starting line, as the one they had in midweek game against Atletico Madrid. With Torres still out, Kuyt and Ngog will probably be on top again, but they were questionable for the game against Atletico, which might effect whether they have the fitness to play again today. Chelsea is probably without midfielder Obi Mikel for the match, while also Essien and Bosingwa is missing for the fixture. On the positive side they might have Carvalho back, while Terry will be returning from his suspension.

Looking at today’s game a lot of question marks come to mind. With Liverpool unable to reach anything this season, it will be hard to predict their motivation for this game and whether the loss against Atletico will affect their performance today. At the same time Chelsea showed weakness in their game against Tottenham and might fall victim to the pressure today.

The match odds current stand at 4.20 for Liverpool to win, 3.75 for a draw and 1.80 for Chelsea to win at William Hill Sports. However, the question marks mentioned above, make it hard to predict the outcome. Our betting tip will be to back Chelsea though, which is highly based on their motivation for the game and the fact that Liverpool played a midweek game, where they not only lost, but also spend a lot of energy with the match going into over time.

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