Liverpool vs Chelsea / Premier League – Liverpool and Chelsea play the most interesting match of the 34th round. Both teams did well in European competitions, while in the English championship they are not direct competitors despite being positioned very close to each other; at the first and third place. Liverpool won 16 points more and has six-game winning streak, while Chelsea won four matches in a row. They drew 1-1 their league match played in the first part of season, while in the League Cup Chelsea won 2-1 at Anfield.
Liverpool vs Chelsea begins 14.04.2019 at 17:30 CET
There is no time to rest for Liverpool’s players and the only thing that changes is competition in which they play. They did a good job in the Champions League on Tuesday when they won Porto 2-0 at home in the 1st quarter-final leg. That should be enough for rematch and semi-finals of this competition, although Porto had its chances in the first match and they must not lower their guard. Before the rematch that is scheduled for next week Liverpool has to play this very important league match.
The Reds race with Manchester City for the title and each match is very important. They would be definitely happier if opponent between two Champions League matches is easier. Two rounds ago the Reds faced Tottenham and luckily won 2-1, while in the previous round they won Southampton away by 3-1. Manager Klopp rotates players as much as it is possible and now he will put back Robertson on the left flank, while Wijnaldum will probably get its chance in the midfield.
Probable lineups Liverpool: Alisson – Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, van Dijk, Robertson – Wijnaldum, Henderson, Keita – M. Salah, R. Firmino, S. Mane
Chelsea’s players should have even more problems with tiredness as they played on Thursday away match in the Europa League. They went to Prague and won Slavia 1-0 in the 1st quarter-final leg, which opens path toward the semi-finals. That brings peace of mind ahead of match with the Reds that is very important for Chelsea as they are still racing to qualify for the Champions League next season. Right now they occupy the third place but have played one match more. Point differences are so small that the Blues can very quickly slide down to all the way till the sixth place.
Chelsea has three-game winning streak in the league although it mostly struggled in those matches except when it faced Brighton, which they won by 3-0. In the previous round they won West Ham 2-0 but they scored both goals in the second half. Eden Hazard played an excellent match and he scored both goals. He got break in Prague and played only in the last half an hour. Kante, Loftus-Cheek, D. Luiz and Higuain had started on the bench, who all were resting right for this match. It means that will play now from the first minute.
Probable lineups Chelsea: Arrizabalaga – Azpilicueta, D. Luiz, Rudiger, M. Alonso – Kante, Jorginho, Barkley – Loftus-Cheek, Higuain, E. Hazard
Liverpool vs Chelsea PICK
Both teams have packed schedule but importance of points doesn’t allow them to relax and they will play the match with full throttle. Liverpool fights more difficult and important battle, and it will enjoy the home-field advantage, so we expect that the Reds dominate and win. Chelsea plays not so likable football and can hardly surprise anyone.
Pick: Liverpool wins
Odds: 1.67 at betsson (down to 1.57 can be played)
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