Arguably Liverpool’s toughest remaining test of the season is upon us. Chelsea are the visitors to Anfield on Sunday in an eagerly anticipated Premier League clash that could have dire consequences for the loser. It’s four wins in a row for the Reds, but they’ve not beaten Chelsea at home since 2012. Bogey team?
Liverpool vs Chelsea – Premier League 18/19
Where to Watch
Date: 14 April 2019
Kick Off Time: 16:30 BST
Referee in Charge: Michael Oliver
TV Channel / Live Stream: You can watch this game live on Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Main Event, and Sky Sports Ultra HD. Live streaming is also available on the Sky Go app on your mobile or tablet device if you’re on the go during the 90 minutes.
Liverpool vs Chelsea – The Form Guide
I mention this every time I write about Liverpool, but they’re in great form. It’s four wins in a row since the stalemate at Goodison and they’re really putting the pressure on Manchester City in the race for the title. They’ve not lost at home in the Premier League since April 2017, but they’ve not beaten Chelsea at home in the Premier League for a while. Three of the last four meetings in the league between these two sides have ended in a 1-1 draw. Could we see the same again?
As far as Chelsea are concerned, they’re also going great guns since slipping up away to Everton on St Patrick’s Day. They’ve won away at Cardiff, at home to Brighton and West Ham, and away at Slavia Prague in the Europa league since the Goodison Park defeat. However, if you look solely at their away form in the league, it’s four defeats in their last six. The only games they’ve scored in away from home in the last six have been against Cardiff and already-relegated Fulham. It doesn’t bode well ahead of this one. If they don’t raise their game, then they’ll lose.
What is the Team News?
Andrew Robertson should go straight back into the starting eleven after missing the Champions League tie against Porto through suspension. It remains to be seen whether James Milner will drop to the bench or slot into midfield. It’s nice to see Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren back fit, but I expect they’ll both be on the bench for this one.
As for Chelsea, Marcos Alonso could keep his place in the side after a decent display in midweek. He seems to have shaken off his hamstring problem. Blues players got plenty of rest in midweek, so expect a completely different starting eleven to the one in Prague.
Liverpool Predicted XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Milner, Mane, Salah, Firmino.
Chelsea Predicted XI: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Alonso, Kante, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek, Hazard, Hudson-Odoi, Higuain.
Somewhat surprisingly, Liverpool are heavy favourites for this one at odds of 4/6. Chelsea are available at 4/1, with the draw priced at 16/5. I thought Chelsea would be slightly shorter to be honest, so there’s potentially a little value to be had there.
1-1. Liverpool know what they need to do, but they’re trying to beat a side who they’ve not won against at home for a long time. Mo Salah has been misfiring in recent weeks but he’ll want to get one over on his old side by firing his side to victory here. Chelsea, though, are not your average side. They’re right in the mix for a top-three finish, and they know a positive result here will go a long way to securing a top-four spot. It’s tough to call, but three of the last four Premier League matches have ended 1-1 between these two. I think it might happen again.
Ok, so Chelsea were battered not too long ago 6-0 by Manchester City. They’ve certainly learned from that and I don’t expect the same thing to happen here. Far from it. I actually think Chelsea will give them a game. If Liverpool can win, I don’t think it’ll be by much, so I’m heading over to the Asian Handicap market for my bet. Chelsea +0.5 on the Asian Handicap is available at odds of 13/10. That’s what I’m backing.
Match Stats & Facts
- Eden Hazard has had a hand in more goals than any other player in the Premier League this season. He’s scored 16 goals and has 12 assists to his name.
- Roberto Firmino has scored seven goals in his last six Premier League games. However, he’s never scored against Chelsea.
- Chelsea have won three of their last four away matches against sides starting the day top of the league.
- Liverpool have not beaten Chelsea at home since 2012. They’ve not won any of their last six Premier League matches at Anfield against them (D4 L2).