Chelsea have a tough game in the capital on Sunday but it seems the bookies are already running scared of Liverpool in this match with several bookmakers having to shorten the odds on Liverpool winning the game as early as Monday. It is certainly a game that Liverpool could do with winning, just one win from four league games leaves Liverpool in sixth but with just three points separating these two teams going into the match Liverpool could move above Chelsea with a win by a margin of three goals or more.
Liverpool have been the best backed team of the week to win on Sunday, at the time of writing the best odds that Liverpool can be backed at are 15/4 but by kick off time that price should be long gone. As a result of the support for Liverpool Chelsea are on the drift, they can be backed at 5/6 currently but nearer to kick off time we could see evens on the fourth placed team. The draw is trading at 11/4 at the moment and is pretty steady.
One reason why Liverpool have been so well backed could be Liverpool’s record at Stamford Bridge, they have won two of the last three league meetings at Chelsea’s home ground, both of those wins were by 1-0 scorelines. That suggests that 1-0 could be a good bet in the correct score market once again and at odds of 12/1 that bet is sure to take the fancy of many Liverpool fans. There is a good chance that Liverpool only need to keep a clean sheet to win this game as Chelsea look likely to concede, they have not kept a clean sheet at home all season and have conceded exactly one goal in four of their five home matches in the league. One outstanding bet based on recent meetings could be under 2.5 goals at odds of 20/21, if you had placed that bet on the last seven league games between these sides at Stamford Bridge you would have won each time.
Luis Suarez is on a slightly lean spell heading into this match, he has not scored in four league matches but he remains the club’s top league scorer with four goals and he is the favourite to score for Liverpool, the Uruguayan can be backed at odds of 15/2 to score first in this match and considering the fact that he has still looked sharp recently and is a much bigger price than usual he looks a pretty good bet. Andy Carroll is next best in the betting, Carroll is 19/2 to score first but better value may lie with Craig Bellamy at 10/1, the Welshman scored a great goal last week against Norway and also scored recently against Norwich.
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