Manchester City and Liverpool continue their quests for Premier League title glory this weekend. Pep Guardiola’s Quadruple-chasing City travel to Selhurst Park on Sunday to face a tricky Crystal Palace team.
I expect them to narrowly come out on top, a result that would move them back to the top of the table for at least a few hours.
Liverpool then host Chelsea at Anfield in a mouthwatering tussle, and tI expect them to come up short.
I expext the pair to play out an entertaining draw, which would see City hold on to top spot on goal difference.
The Reds won six on the spin across competitions, but they conceded at least a goal in five of these six matches. They also failed to keep a single clean sheet in last 19 games against the Blues. Knowing Chelsea have inspired Eden Hazard leading the line, we do fancy the BTTS bet at 1.75 odds.
Braver punters can try with Hazard to score anytime at 3.10. Chelsea’s problem are performances on the road as they lost four of past six away matches in the Premier League, beating only the likes of Fulham and Cardiff City (both narrowly) in the process.
We've been here before, haven't we? Well, kind of. Liverpool and Chelsea set to play, with one of them vying for a title while Manchester City is watching on. Something like that. The question will be have Liverpool learned from the past this time around? Can they unseat Chelsea to aid in their bid? Given how they are playing, and the way Chelsea like to setup nowadays, this should play right into their hands. The Reds win and keep up their charge.
Seeing as how they are brimming with confidence and showing no signs of slowing down, I cannot see how Liverpool can fail to win this match, especially since Chelsea will not be at full strength at Anfield. We can expect another early goal or two to set the Reds on course to tenth successive Premier League victory.
Liverpool must still be having nightmares about the last time Chelsea visited Anfield when they had such a fine chance of ending their wait since 1990 for an English league title.
The crown was there for Liverpool’s taking in 2014 when Steven Gerrard famously slipped, Demba Ba scored, Chelsea won 2-0 and Brendan Rodgers’ side blew a 3-0 lead at Crystal Palace eight days later to hand the trophy to Manchester City.
Reds supporters must deep down be fearing a sense of déjà vu, their team again embroiled with City in a head-to-head tussle for the title and the quest to end what is now a 29-year wait to become champions of England.
The problem for Liverpool is that their head-to-head record against Chelsea is not good (see stats above) and the Blues are the only visiting team to have won at Anfield this season, in the Carabao Cup.
This is a big test of nerve for Jurgen Klopp’s side, who have overcome a spate of five draws in seven games with six straight wins.
Chelsea are much less reliable on their travels than at home and also just back from a Europa League trip to Prague, but they enjoy playing the role of spoilers at this venue and may well be capable of achieving a draw to dent their opponents’ title hopes.