Liverpool go into their crucial match with Chelsea on the back of an amazing run of 11 league victories. That record includes wins over some top sides including Manchester United and Arsenal while their recent 3-2 defeat of Manchester City could be the one result that sees the title heading to Anfield.
Brendan Rodgers’ side have a deserved reputation for starting games quickly and they raced into an early lead over City thanks to first half goals from Raheem Sterling and Martin Skrtel. Manuel Pellegrini’s side pulled it back to 2-2 but the Reds showed their resilience with a late Philippe Coutinho strike that sealed the win.
Liverpool also had Jordan Henderson sent off in the second period and the result simply proves how strong this side are. They play some incredible football at times but they can also battle hard.
While Rodgers’ men have been sweeping aside every team that has been put before them, Chelsea and Manchester City are performing as if they don’t want the title. Mourinho’s side have suffered unlikely losses to relegation threatened teams including Crystal Palace and Aston Villa before the manager finally imploded as his squad succumbed to an embarrassing home defeat at the hands of bottom club Sunderland.
By a strange contrast, results against the stronger teams have been better and away from the Premiership, Chelsea have progressed to the semi-final of the Champions League but Liverpool have the momentum and are the team most likely to take the points when they host the West London club.
Manchester City’s run in to the end of the season looks straightforward enough but they have also dropped points against some of the perceived, weaker sides. Sunderland and Norwich both came away from their respective games with a draw while Pellegrini’s men have suffered with injuries at crucial times.
The absence of leading scorer Sergio Aguero coincided with a dip in form and as City prepare to tackle a tricky away tie to an improving Crystal Palace, they face the prospect of having to do so without their influential midfield pairing of Yaya Toure and David Silva.
Form and momentum ahead of the vital match between Liverpool and Chelsea is firmly with Brendan Rodgers’ side and that’s why the Reds are favourites to take three points at 1.68 with one of the top the betting exchanges, WBX. Chelsea’s poor results in the Premier League see them drift to 5.10 while the draw is at 4.10.
Jose Mourinho’s side have the strength to challenge and after a strong Champions League campaign it would be foolish to ignore them. However, that run of 11 straight wins in the league makes Liverpool the obvious bet.
Chelsea need to soak up early pressure and not concede early. The Reds are so strong at the start of the game but if the match remains goalless for the first half an hour or so, Liverpool could get frustrated. If the West London side can’t cope, the Premiership title will surely be heading to Anfield for the very first time.
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