The Reds can take a big step towards the title against the Blues.
Liverpool are almost over the line in the title race and victory over nearest rivals Chelsea at Anfield this weekend would probably put the icing on the cake and cover it with hundreds and thousands.
The football Gods do seem to have conspired to hand the Premier League crown to the Merseysiders for the first time in almost a quarter of a century. Chelsea limp into this crucial encounter severely wounded. Having lost Petr Cech and John Terry to injury in Madrid on Tuesday neither are likely to play again this season, while Eden Hazard and Samuel Eto’o are also struggling.
The return leg of their Champions League semi-final takes place on Wednesday and Jose Mourinho has already hinted that he won’t take any risks with team selection at Anfield. Frank Lampard and Jon Obi Mikel are suspended in Europe for one match and will probably play, however, while Branislav Ivanovic is available again. That could mean a rest for Cesar Azpilicueta but Oscar, Andre Schurrle and Demba Ba will be pressing for recalls.
Liverpool’s side almost picks itself at present and they will be crowned champions if they keep their winning run going until the end of the season, regardless of how many points Chelsea and Manchester City pick up in their remaining fixtures. This game sees the Premier League’s best attack pitted against the top division’s best defence.
One more goal will see the Reds pass their previous record tally and they have their sights on Chelsea’s 2010 best of 103. But the Blues have kept more clean sheets than any other team and conceded the fewest goals. Without Cech and Terry, they will have to re-organise, however, and we expect Brendan Rodgers’ side to cash in and extend that winning run in the league to 12 matches at 4/7.
Daniel Sturridge missed last week’s win at Norwich but Raheem Sterling stepped up to the plate and Luis Suarez notched another almost obligatory goal. It will be human nature for Chelsea to have one eye on next week’s game against Atletico Madrid and they must be feeling the effects of a busy campaign. That said, they did win at the Etihad a couple of months ago and you should never underestimate the tactical genius of Mourinho but Liverpool can win by a one-goal margin at 11/4.
The match kicks of at 2.05pm tomorrow afternoon in Anfield.