Chelsea vs. Liverpool Premier League Odds & Tips

Steven Suarez

Thursday, April 24, 2014 7:16 PM GMT

Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014 7:16 PM GMT

It's hard to even put into words how crucial Sunday's Premier League match between Liverpool and Chelsea is. We've been examining the sports betting lines for what should be a special occasion and have decided upon our favorite pick. Who do we like to win?

Odds Overview
Liverpool will enter as the obvious favorite at home at Anfield. They're listed at anywhere from -145 to -165 depending on which sports betting site you're checking out.

The Blues are in a precarious position when it comes to the odds. They're in the +400 to +450 range to get the three all-important points, with a draw at just over +300 at most places we've looked.

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Liverpool
It's truly been a remarkable run for the Reds. It started back in early February when they thrashed Arsenal 5-1 at home.

That was the beginning of a 11-match winning streak for Liverpool, a span in which they've topped the likes of Manchester City (3-2), Tottenham (4-0) and Manchester United (3-0).

Last weekend, the Reds really had to work for it in a hard-fought 3-2 victory at Norwich City, a team fighting for their lives in terms of surviving relegation. Liverpool looked second-best at times, but a masterful performance from Raheem Sterling saved the day.

Sterling played a part in all three goals, scoring once in each half and setting up Luis Suarez in between. Brendan Rodgers will be hoping the 19-year old can provide some more magic against Chelsea.

The win kept the Reds atop the Premier League table and now has them five points clear of the Blues. It's no surprise they've been magnificent at Anfield, where they've gone 15-1-1 with 51 goals for and 15 goals against. 

 

Chelsea
As usual with Jose Mourinho's teams, there's been no shortage of entertaining headlines throughout the season for Chelsea.

That being said, the results are really what matter and Mourinho's resume in that regard is hard to fault. He's led the Blues to an unlikely spot in the Champions League semi-finals and just guided his boys to a 0-0 away draw at Atletico Madrid in the first leg. Chelsea now know that a win in the return leg at Stamford Bridge would see them advance to the final.

There's still a heated race going on in the Premier League, but it looks like Mourinho is going to field somewhat of a weakened lineup versus Liverpool.

For one, Petr Cech, John Terry and Eden Hazard have all been ruled out through injury, while Ramires is unlikely to feature as well. Players like Frank Lampard, Nemanja Matic and John Obi Mikel figure to feature against the Reds, considering each is either suspended or eligible for the CL clash.

As far as Chelsea's away results in the league go, there have been ups and downs. Mourinho, in his typical style, has made it very difficult for his sides to get broken down, as they've only allowed 15 goals in 17 matches outside of Stamford Bridge. That could prove difficult to sustain against the most deadly attacking force in England, however. 

 

Premier League Pick
Anfield will be rocking and the electric atmosphere should be a significant boost for this Liverpool side.

Jordan Henderson is suspended, but it looks like Daniel Sturridge will be available for selection, which is another piece of good news for Liverpool. Sturridge has scored 20 league goals this season and will be even more motivated against his former club, a club that never gave him a real chance to be a top-choice striker.

When you add in the fact the Blues are missing some influential figures like Terry, Cech, Hazard and Ramires, we think it's worthwhile to be selecting the Reds with your soccer picks. It's hard to go against momentum and Liverpool have that in spades right now.

Free EPL Soccer Pick: Liverpool 2 Chelsea 1

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