Liverpool vs Chelsea, the big guns clash on Wednesday night!
Liverpool won the title with 4 games to spare and will be picking up the trophy at the end of this match, but since they won it they have hit a bit of a rut. A draw with Burnley and then a loss to Arsenal have seen them pick up just 4 points from the last 9. Chelsea, on the other hand, has won 3 of their last 4 and will be looking to consolidate their top 4 position to ensure Champions League football next year.
This clash was scheduled to be Liverpool's last home game of the season but their fans won't be there to see it. The clash kicks off at 20:15 and should be a fiercely fought encounter.
The last time these two clashed horns was in September and Liverpool snatched the win in a 2:1 victory at Stamford Bridge. Liverpool took an early 2:0 lead and despite piling on the pressure Chelsea could only pull one back late on in the game.
As we have said in terms of recent form it is Liverpool, the Champions Elect, who are in the doldrums having dropped points in their last two games. Chelsea, on the other hand, has picked up two wins. Both teams are scoring freely though, having both scored in the previous two games and both averaging around 2 goals a match. This would explain why the odds on both teams scoring is so heavily odds on!
What’s the team news? For Liverpool, James Milner should be "pretty safe" has been nursing a hamstring injury ever since the first game back from lockdown. On the other hand, Jordan Henderson will definitely play no part in the game having been ruled out for the remainder of the campaign with a knee injury. For Chelsea N'Golo Kante's a major doubt with a hamstring injury. Meanwhile, Billy Gilmour's season at Chelsea has been curtailed by a knee injury.
Liverpool vs Chelsea match stats
- This fixture has not finished goalless since 2008, some 42 matches ago.
- On average Liverpool have been scoring 2.13 goals per game on average vs Chelsea's 1.75.
- Liverpool is certain of 1st this Season but Chelsea lie in 3rd and a win here would seal Champions League football for the next season.
Chelsea vs Liverpool betting predictions and tips
Once again we have a game which is important to both teams for very different reasons. Liverpool, whether fans are there or not, will want to end the season with a win at Anfield so will be going all out for that. Chelsea would like to secure the top-flight European football sooner rather than later, and being the only team this season to beat Liverpool at home will be a great way to do it.
We think that the attacking nature of these teams coupled with the fact a loss won't actually hurt either of them will mean there is going to be goals, but at the end of the day, the two cancel each other out. We would have a good-sized bet on Over 2.5 goals, a smaller bet on the draw, and a speculative correct score bet on 3-3 for the fancy odds available.