Liverpool vs Chelsea Betting Preview
Sunday 27 April, Live on Sky Sports 1, Kick off 14:05
Is this the second Premier League decider in less than a fortnight? Is it also the match which sees the apprentice best the master? Maybe, but in reality if Chelsea do win, it’s still not them in the box seat for the title. It sure would make the last few games more entertaining if they did though, as at the moment what appeared to be a three way tussle going to the wire, has lost some sparkle due, in no small part, to some unexpected results for Sunderland.
Looking back, to their last outing, Chelsea beat Liverpool 2-1 at Stamford Bridge in December. Liverpool took the lead, but were then pegged back, and for all the concerns about some of the refereeing, it’s hard to say they were cheated out of a result.
On that note, Brendan Rogers (the manager of the season in waiting if he drags Liverpool to the league) had some wise words on excuses for his players,
“I said to the players ‘listen you can have an excuse. I can tell you your excuse after the game. But it won’t change anything’.”
It is that sort of management, coupled with an attacking philosophy that’s seen Liverpool blitz teams in the Premier League this season. In doing so they’ve become the neutral’s favourite to win the league, ahead of Mourinho’s Chelsea. The golden boy of football management has seen his star wane this season with a series of outbursts taking him away from cheeky managerial legend and more towards petulant child.
For all the talk of ‘little horses’, not winning the league should be classed as failure for Chelsea (and Manchester City for that matter). They have the resources, and the experienced managers, but they, for whatever reason, haven’t pulled it together into a continuously winning formula.
Mourinho will blame his squad, specifically his lack of strikers. Well he’s had two transfer windows and only bought Eto’o. So who’s fault is a gap in his squad? The supposed thinness of the squad has allowed Mourinho to take the focus away from his team in the build up and prepare excuses of rotating the squad and the timing of the match compared to the second leg of the Champions League semi-final.
Whatever is said or done in advance of this match, doesn’t go any way to predicting the result. Liverpool have built up a reputation for attacking with pace and vigour, especially in the opening twenty minutes, while Chelsea are more than capable of shutting up shop and going for a goal on the break.
The bookmakers have Liverpool as the favourites at 8/11 on with Coral, while Chelsea are available at 9/2 with BetFred.
Fancy a first goalscorer? Unsurprisingly it’s dominated by free scoring Liverpool, with Suarez leading the charge at 15/4 with BetVictor.
So where to put your money? We’re not in the business of tipping, so get your money where you can gain an advantage.
PaddyPower are refunding markets if Gerrard scores at anytime. Given he takes the penalties, and a lot of them, that’s a great bet.
BetVictor will refund losing bets if there’s a red card, which isn’t unlikely given the history between the teams and what this game could mean.
Stan James will refund your stake if your first goalscorer pick scores second instead.
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