A dominant display by the Blues ended Man United’s 19 match winning run at Wembley on Sunday, and Frank Lampard will be hoping they can secure Champions League football before the final day of the season, though in order to do that they’ll need to end Liverpool’s 58 match unbeaten run at Anfield in the league, a record that dates back to the 2016/17 season.
Chelsea were, in fact, the last visiting side to win here as they came from behind to knock the Reds out of the League Cup, though that was largely due to the magic of Eden Hazard – something they aren’t able to call upon this time around.
Liverpool have seen a massive drop off in performances and results recently and have thrown away the opportunity to become centurions, which looked a shoe in back in February.
Indeed, they’ve gone W5-D2-L6 since mid-February across all competitions when including extra time and passed up the opportunity to become the first team to go the whole Premier League season with a 100% home record when they drew with Burnley, so this is by no means a forgone conclusion and the current price of around evens suggests they may be in for a tough game.
Chelsea have struggled with consistency for the most part this season, which is understandable for a young squad and a new manager coming in with a transfer ban, though they’ve done well against the bigger sides as the campaign has gone on.
Indeed, having gone W2-D3-L4 from their opening nine games against the current top half across all competitions, their 12 such matches since they’ve gone an impressive W8-D2-L2, as Frank Lampard has managed to get his team motivated for the bigger occasions.
While both sides are quite evenly price on the outright, there’s some imbalance in the Over/Under goals market.
Indeed, seven of the last nine meetings between the two in all tournaments have featured a maximum of just two strikes over 90 minutes, with 10 of the last 11 in the league seeing the respective home side score exactly once.
Though with the current situation seeing Jurgen Klopp’s men have nothing to play for, while Chelsea will be going gung-ho for the win, we’re reluctant to back the ‘Unders’ despite the attractive price.
Olivier Giroud To Score First
Christian Pulisic has been on fire for the Blues since the restart, though sat out Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final and is a doubt for this one, with another man taking the limelight. Olivier Giroud has scored six in his last nine appearances and has been carrying Chelsea through matches recently.
His most recent four goals in the last five games have all come as the first of the match, and if Chelsea fly out the gates again like they did at Wembley, you can bet the Frenchman will be at the heart of it and he looks well priced to open the scoring for a fifth match in six.