Preview - Liverpool vs Chelsea 15 April 19

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Match Day 34
Liverpool vs. Chelsea
Monday, April 15th 2019
00:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Anfield

Last five matches form: D W W W W
Average goals per match: 2.27
Average goals against per match: 0.61
Top Scorer: Mohamed Salah (18)

Last five matches form: D L W W W
Average goals per match: 1.73
Average goals against per match: 1.03
Top Scorer: Eden Hazard (16)

We have a titanic tussle at Anfield on Match Day 34 in the Premier League as table toppers Liverpool play host to third placed Chelsea.

Depending upon how City get on at Crystal Palace in the earlier game, Liverpool may need to win this game in order to return to the Premier League summit.

Chelsea meanwhile have plenty to play for themselves as the race for the Champion's League positions also looks like going right down to the wire.

Recent history would suggest that Liverpool may find this difficult having only beaten Chelsea once in the past seven meetings between the sides. Both the game here last season, and the clash at Stamford Bridge earlier this season ended in a 1-1 draw.

Joe Gomez is nearing a return for Liverpool but may not be ready in time for this. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remains out. Chelsea look set to have a fully fit squad from which to select.

Liverpool have truly turned Anfield into a fortress under Jurgen Klopp and are now unbeaten in 37 Premier League outings here. They have drawn ten of those games though and it is likely that nothing less than three points will be required here. They have scored two or more in ten of their past twelve here.

Chelsea are going pretty well at present and will be seeking a fifth win on the spin in all competitions. They were pretty poor in their most recent Premier League away game at Cardiff though and will need to step up markedly here. In Eden Hazard though they do have a player who can turn any game on its head in the blink of an eye.

Chelsea have looked good at times, but the fact remains that they have lost four of their past six Premier League away fixtures to nil, and we don't see Liverpool slipping up here.

Prediction: Liverpool 3 - 1 Chelsea


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 2 - 0
Shots:  15 - 6
Shots on target: 7 - 3
Corner Kicks: 9 - 2
Possession: 62% - 38%

Just the one booking at Anfield, with referee Michael Oliver taking the name of Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta.

A cracking contest on Merseyside with Chelsea certainly doing their best to upset the Anfield title charge once again. With Manchester City having already won at Crystal Palace though, Liverpool needed to find the answers, and in the end, they did, to pick up a deserved three points.

Chelsea looked to have their tactics spot on in the first half, limiting Liverpool to only a couple of chances, and looking consistently dangerous on the counter attack. No scoring in the opening period though.

Anfield breathed a sigh of relief six minutes into the second half as the Reds broke the deadlock. Persistent and determined play down the right-hand side ending with Jordan Henderson lofting an excellent ball to the far post from towards the by-line taking the Chelsea defence and keeper out of the game. Sadio Mané the man in space to power a header home from five or six yards.

Just two minutes later the home side doubled their advantage and in simply stunning style. Virgil Van Dijk lofting a long ball to Mohamed Salah on the right-hand side which the Egyptian controlled brilliantly before taking a touch inside and unleashing a near thirty-yard thunderbolt of a strike into the top left corner. Sensational stuff.

Chelsea responded by throwing on Gonzalo Higuaín and shifting Eden Hazard out to the left and immediately looked far more threatening. Hazard played clean through in the middle controlling well and looking to have slotted into the bottom left, only for the ball to come back off the post.

Soon after, Hazard was picked out in an excellent position in the area, but this time didn't get enough on his volley and Allison was able to make the save. From that moment on it looked as though this would be Liverpool's day, and so it proved. 2-0 final score.

Liverpool did what they needed to do to maintain their two-point advantage at the top but having played a game more do still need a slip up from Manchester City. Chelsea hang on to fourth spot but are vulnerable to both Manchester United and Arsenal in the race for the Champion's League.


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