Premier League Betting: Chelsea v Liverpool - Fan v Fan Preview



Chelsea perspective: Andy Seaby, Chelsea Daft.

Team news

After missing out against Swansea last weekend, Juan Mata came through the midweek game against Shakhtar unscathed and will likely feature on Sunday. I fully expect Terry to return after his ban, hopefully alongside Gary Cahill and Ashley Cole, who is a slight doubt.

Form

The Blues won seven of their first eight Premier League games to set the early pace, but form has dipped in the last few weeks. After taking a single point from the last two Premier League games, we will be looking to get our season back on track.

Head-to-head

There have been some fine matches between these two sides in recent times, but Chelsea will be wary of their recent record against the Merseysiders. Liverpool defeated Chelsea not once but twice at the Bridge last season and have won five of the last six meetings between the clubs, including a 4-1 win in May.

Best bets

Both teams to score at 1.62. Chelsea's defence hasn't been at its best this season, and Luis Suarez has the ability to make his presence felt.

Juan Mata to score at 3.50. The Spanish international has been in devastating form of late, and this is a great price.

Draw/Chelsea HT/FT at 5.25. Expect Liverpool to make things difficult early on, but the London club should eventually make their quality pay.

Score prediction: Chelsea 3-1 Liverpool (15.00)

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Liverpool perspective
: Antoine Zammit, Empire of the Kop.

Team news

Most of the senior players were rested this week for Liverpool's Europa League game in Russia. I believe that Pepe Reina will finally return in goal having overcome his injury. Glen Johnson should return too while Fabio Borini, Martin Kelly and Lucas Leiva are still injured. Andre Wisdom (who played midweek) will make way for the more experienced Jose Enrique. Luis Suarez is currently on four yellow cards and must ensure that he doesn't receive another as that would mean a one-game ban. The Uruguayan is in top form right now having netted most of the goals for Liverpool this season.

Form

Liverpool haven't won in three games; the Reds lost the midweek Europa League game against Anzhi Makhachkala and the previous two Barclays Premier League games both ended in draws. Brendan Rodgers is aware that playing the youngers too much might burn them out and there was some visible evidence with Raheem Sterling and Andre Wisdom. Sterling was rested mid-week and hopefully he will be fresh and focused for the job against Chelsea.

Head-to-head

In the last eight seasons these teams have met an incredible 32 times, with Chelsea beating Liverpool 13 times and Liverpool winning 12. In the same fixture last season, the Reds beat Chelsea 2-1 thanks to Maxi Rodriguez and Glen Johnson while Daniel Sturridge scored for Chelsea.

Best bets

Fernando Torres to score at 2.80. I can see the Spaniard scoring against us, unfortunately.

The draw at 3.60. I fancy us to get something from this game, and these are attractive odds.

Both teams to score at 1.62. This is the banker for this game.

Score prediction: Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool (7.00)

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