Liverpool vs. Chelsea Premier League Picks: Drama Will Be High

Steven Suarez

Thursday, November 6, 2014 6:27 PM GMT

Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 6:27 PM GMT

Despite being at home, the Reds are the firm underdogs for Saturday's visit of Jose Mourinho's Blues. Let's take a closer look into the soccer betting odds before coming up with our favorite picks for what should be quite the spectacle.

Odds Overview
Though they're making the long trek north to Liverpool, the Blues will enter Saturday's affair as the clear-cut favorite at the top online sportsbooks.

Currently, Soccer Odds have Chelsea favored at right around +115 (with a little wiggle room both above and below), with the Reds quoted at +250 to get their first win in November. Meanwhile, a draw can be locked in at +230 to +250.

 

Liverpool
Over their last five matches across all competitions, the Reds have picked up just one victory. It's not the kind of form that will take teams far in competitions like the Premier League and Champions League.

First, we'll get Liverpool's European adventures out of the way. The Reds have had to play Real Madrid twice in a span of two weeks, and they fell victim both times, though they did only lose 1-0 at the Bernabeu with a less-than-full-strength starting XI.

Indeed, manager Brendan Rodgers opted to keep guys like Steven Gerrard, Raheem Sterling and Mario Balotelli among others away from the starting lineup, though a few did feature as substitutes in hopes that they could grab a late goal and get a crucial point against the Spanish giants.

Liverpool is in trouble in their Champions League group, but the team does have two very winnable matches to close things out, so they still have hope.

As far as the Premier League goes, the Reds are currently in seventh place with 14 points. Their latest league result was a 1-0 away loss to Newcastle. Though supporters were hoping Daniel Sturridge would be able to make his return, it looks like the striker will miss this upcoming clash with Chelsea, meaning the impetus will fall on Balotelli to try and find the back of the net, something he hasn't done much of this season.

 

Chelsea
If you can believe it, the Blues have yet to lose a competitive fixture this season, and that's including all of the competitions.

It's an amazing span that includes 16 matches. Chelsea is, of course, on top in the Premier League with 26 points (four points ahead of second-place Southampton), and Mourinho's men are also in a good spot in Europe and in the cup.

There's not much to complain about if you're a Chelsea fan, though perhaps a win over FK Maribor, rather than a draw, during the week would have been nice. However, Eden Hazard's missed penalty in the closing minutes ended any hopes of getting the three points there.

As the Blues get set to head to Liverpool, their form has been undeniably strong. They should have Diego Costa available this weekend -- he was rested in favor of Didier Drogba during the week -- and he's been terrific whenever he's been on the pitch. Expect Costa to cause Liverpool's defense a lot of problems this weekend.

There's no doubt Liverpool will have their hands full here, but Chelsea knows first-hand how much of an X factor that Anfield atmosphere can be.

 

Premier League Soccer Picks
In spite of all of their recent struggles, for your Soccer Picks on this match up we are going back to the well with Liverpool and thinking they will show up for this match.

Rodgers took a gamble by resting his best players against Real Madrid, and it was in preparation for this encounter with the Blues. Liverpool knows how important this match is, and indeed it could be the catalyst needed to help the Reds make a charge to the top of the table. Their results lately have left a lot to be desired, but this is a great spot for them to turn things around.

Yes, Chelsea is a fantastic team, one of the best teams in the world. However, Anfield is never an easy place to go and get a result, and we feel as if Liverpool will be buoyed by the crowd and play one of their best matches of the season. Though the Reds may not get the outright win, we see value in siding with a draw on this occasion.

Free Soccer Pick: Liverpool 1 Chelsea 1

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