Liverpool continue their Premier League title challenge this Sunday when they welcome in-form Chelsea to Anfield. Jurgen Klopp’s Reds have won their last five Premier League games, while Chelsea have won their last three. For Liverpool, the game is all about keeping up the pressure on title rivals Manchester City. Liverpool are currently two points ahead of City at the top of the league, with a game in hand.
History might not be on the home team’s side. Liverpool have failed to beat Chelsea in their last six league meetings at Anfield. They have lost two and drawn four of those games. That is the Reds’ longest winless home run against any team in the Premier League.
Both teams won games in Europe in midweek. Liverpool won 2-0 at home to Porto in the Champions League, while Chelsea won 1-0 away at Slavia Prague in the Europa League.
Liverpool vs Chelsea Prediction: Reds 2-1 Blues
Our prediction for the outcome of this game is that the home side will win a hard-fought encounter 2-1. The pressure is really on the Reds now when it comes to sealing their first league title since 1990. They have to win this game if they want to beat City in the race to be champions. That should focus minds in the Reds squad, and home advantage will help them over the line in this game. Chelsea are not to taken lightly, though, as they are still in the hunt for a top-four finish and need the points too.
Our recommended tip: Liverpool, both score
Our featured tip for this game comes courtesy of Coral, who are offering odds of 23/10 on Liverpool to win and both teams to score. This bet obviously matches our prediction perfectly, but also gives you a little bit of flexibility when it comes to the precise final scoreline. We suspect that this game will turn into a bit of a classic, with plenty of incident for spectators to enjoy. Both teams have a myriad of attacking talent in their line-ups, and there could be a lot more than three goals scored.
These two sides have played each other on 53 previous occasions in the Premier League. Liverpool have won 19 of those games and Chelsea have come out on top in 20. The teams have drawn 14 times. Out of Liverpool’s 19 wins, 13 have been at Anfield. Chelsea have won six times on Merseyside. Goals have been at a premium in recent games, with no team scoring more than one goal in the last four Premier League meetings.
Earlier this season, the sides drew 1-1 at Stamford Bridge on September 29. Eden Hazard scored for Chelsea and Daniel Sturridge for Liverpool.
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Players to watch: Roberto Firmino & Eden Hazard
Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino has scored seven goals in his last six home Premier League matches. Interestingly, though, the Brazilian is yet to score a goal against Chelsea in the Premier League in five games against the west London side. Firmino is Liverpool’s third-highest league goal scorer in 2018/19, having netted 12 times in 32 Premier League games. He has also provided six assists and created eight big chances for his team-mates.
Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard has directly contributed to more goals than any other Premier League player, having scored 16 goals and provided 12 assists for his team-mates. He is both his side’s top goalscorer in the league, and the top assist maker, highlighting his importance to Maurizio Sarri’s team. He has created 15 big chances over the course of the season. Four of his goals have come from the penalty spot.