Preview - Chelsea vs Liverpool 07 May 2018

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Match Day 36
Chelsea vs Liverpool
Monday, May 7th, 2018
00:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stamford Bridge

Last five matches form: D W W W W
Average goals per match: 1.71
Average goals against per match: 0.97
Top Scorer: Eden Hazard (12)

Last five matches form: W D W D L
Average goals per match: 2.22
Average goals against per match: 1.03
Top Scorer: Mohamed Salah (31)

Fifth plays third in the Premier League this weekend as Chelsea play host to Liverpool in what is undoubtedly the game of the week in terms of the quality of the two sides on show.

Vanquished champions Chelsea would have had Champions League qualification as the very minimum target for this season. Even that looks like it may evade them though. Five points behind Tottenham in fourth, and six behind third placed Liverpool, they do have a game in hand over the Reds, but if they are to have any chance of making the top four, they must win this game.

Liverpool arrive on a high, as despite losing the second leg to Roma 4-2, they still did enough to make the Champions League final and a monumental clash with Real Madrid.

Chelsea are close to full strength, with only long-term injury victims Ethan Ampadu and David Luiz on the side-lines.

Liverpool are a little depleted in midfield with Emre Can and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain out through injury.

Liverpool haven't been quite at their magnificent best in recent weeks, certainly not as consistently as earlier in the season anyway, and have been held to a draw by Everton, West Brom and Stoke in recent weeks.

Chelsea represent a step up on that sort of opposition and arrive on a three-match winning streak.

Liverpool are always dangerous to oppose given the quality they have in attack, but I suspect Chelsea may just do enough in a game they need to win.

Prediction: Chelsea 2 - 1 Liverpool


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 1 - 0
Shots: 12 - 10
Shots on target: 4 - 5
Corner Kicks: 3 - 1
Possession: 32% - 68%

Referee Anthony Taylor took the names of Chelsea's Marcos Alonso, Victor Moses and Thibaut Courtois. Liverpool's Mohamed Salah and Nathaniel Clyne also receiving the yellow card.

Liverpool as ever came out well ahead on the possession stats and had the better of the early exchanges, with Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané both forcing Thibaut Courtois into decent stops.

The games decisive moment came in the 32nd minute. Excellent work from Victor Moses down the right-hand side and a quality cross into the area. Olivier Giroud doing what he does best to beat Virgil van Dijk to the ball and head across Loris Karius and into the top corner. 1-0 at half-time.

The second half was an evenly matched affair, with Chelsea having the better of the opportunities, including a Tiemoue Bakayoko effort which was chalked off for offside.

The Blues hung on a lot more comfortably than might have been expected in the end, sitting back and not allowing Liverpool the time and space between the lines to create anything of any real consequence. The Reds more often than not resorting to hopeful balls into the area or shots from range.

Liverpool looked a little jaded here, but can be forgiven that really considering the effort put in away at Roma in midweek. A win over Brighton at home in their final game of the season will still be enough to see them hold their place in the top four, barring a remarkable turnaround in goal difference.

Chelsea do keep their Champions League dreams alive with this win though. They are now just two points behind Tottenham in fourth with two games to play.

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