Liverpool entertain Chelsea at Anfield at 4.40 p.m. on Sunday afternoon in a game that could have a dramatic effect on one or both teams’ seasons. Manchester City may have overtaken Liverpool if they win at Crystal Palace earlier in the afternoon, but Liverpool can head straight back to the top of the Premier League with a win.
Having got themselves up to third spot and into an automatic spot for next season’s Champions League, Chelsea also won’t want to go home empty-handed, as Tottenham and Arsenal both look to have easier games.
It looks sure to be a thriller, so check out our stats, analysis, and free tips for Liverpool vs Chelsea.
Liverpool Home Form
In all competitions, Liverpool have won six and drawn of their last eight home games, with only Bayern Munich having the class to stop Liverpool scoring.
The only other visitors to manage to keep a clean sheet at Anfield this season where Manchester City, whilst Liverpool have beaten Tottenham, Arsenal, and Manchester United in matches in which both teams scored.
Chelsea Away Form
Chelsea lost four consecutive away-matches in January and February, with that run culminating in a 6-0 defeat against Manchester City. They’ve steadied the ship since then with wins at Cardiff and Fulham and three away wins in the Europa League, but this is a big step up in class.
Their away form against top-six clubs in the Premier League this season is three matches three defeats.
Liverpool vs Chelsea Head-To-Heads
Neither side has traditionally had the upper-hand in this fixture over the last few seasons, and Chelsea will be thinking they have little to fear having already drawn the reverse fixture in the Premier League and beaten Liverpool in this season’s EFL Cup at Anfield.
It was a similar scenario the season before, with Chelsea winning 1-0 at home and drawing 1-1 at Anfield. Indeed, you need to go back to the 2016/17 season to find Liverpool’s only win in the last six head-to-heads, which was a 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge, whilst the Anfield encounter again produced a 1-1 draw. In fact, Chelsea haven’t lost any of their last six matches at Anfield.
Liverpool vs Chelsea Team News
Neither team had had any major bad luck stories in the build-up to this match, and only Adam Lallana may be added to a Liverpool injury list that includes long-term injuries to Gomez and Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Liverpool vs Chelsea Verdict
Liverpool’s position in the Premier League table, sixteen points above Chelsea, clearly suggests they’re the better team this season. However, only time will tell whether the bookies have got it right by making Liverpool general 4/6 shots.
Having already won at Anfield this season, it’s amazing to think that Chelsea are as big as 9/2 to make it two wins, but it’s worth remembering that Liverpool didn’t field a full-strength side in that EFL Cup tie.
Using past results, which include three draws in their past six matches, the draw appeals most at anything bigger than 3/1.
Three consecutive clean sheets for Chelsea also suggests that they may be happy to try and keep a tight defensive line and try and score on the counter-attack, and it could well be 0-0 at half-time. That’s been the case in the last two matches at Anfield and anything above 2/1 about no goals at half-time looks fair value.