Liverpool vs Chelsea Preview

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Liverpool v Chelsea | Sunday 21 April | Anfield | 17:00

Chelsea are the other team who will be satisfied with nothing less than three points in the second and final Super Sunday match. The Blues travel to Anfield to face a Liverpool side who in recent weeks have fallen out of contention for a Champions League spot.

To Win (90mins)
Liverpool 11/10
Draw 24/10
Chelsea 24/10

Liverpool have endured an up-and-down season under new manager Brendan Rodgers. The Reds are 10 points off a Champions League place and six points behind neighbours Everton. They are likely to miss out on Europa qualification, but Rodgers insists that it may be a blessing for his side. "It is a double-edged sword for us," said Rodgers. "The players and supporters want to be in Europe and as a manager it is a great test and I have really enjoyed the Europa League this year. But you could argue having one season out of Europe would give us an even greater chance of challenging for the top four next season. We will see where it takes us. We will finish as high as we possibly can but if Europe doesn't end up for us then it might be a blessing for us next year." They are coming off a disappointing goalless draw at relegation-bound Reading last Saturday. Former Reading player and boss Brendan Rodgers was making only his third return to the club with an opposition side and his first with a top-flight outfit. He would have been frustrated by the finishing of Luis Suarez, Phillipe Coutinho, Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge who were all out-performed by goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, who was making his first performance in five months.

Chelsea are part of a four-way fight for the final two Champions League spots along with Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Everton. Chelsea bounced back from FA Cup disappointment to beat Fulham 3-0 on Wednesday night at Craven Cottage to move into third spot ahead of Arsenal. All three goals came from central defenders—a stunner from David Luiz and two from John Terry. Chelsea entered the match in the midst of a monstrous fixture pile-up. In less than a week, the Blues played three times in three different competitions, and another big fixture awaits at Anfield. Last Thursday, Benitez's team lost 3-2 in Russia to Rubin Kazan but advanced to the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League anyway. On Sunday, they lost 2-1 to Manchester City at Wembley in an FA Cup semi-final. Reversing their poor road form would be key in nailing down a return to the lucrative Champions League. Before their win at Fulham, they had lost three consecutive matches outside Stamford Bridge in the league and were winless in four overall, conceding nine goals in those matches. Getting Torres to replicate his goal-scoring prowess in league play would also go a long way. Seventeen of the Spaniard's 24 goals across all competitions this year have been in non-domestic competition, and his last Premier League goal came December 23 against Aston Villa.

VERDICT: Liverpool 11/10
Liverpool managed a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge in the reverse fixture and won 4-1 at Anfield last season. They also won 2-0 at home the season prior. Liverpool come to the fore in most big matches and with Chelsea’s poor away form, the Reds are tipped to get the win here.

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