Free tips Premier League: Liverpool v Chelsea predictions (8pm, Tuesday)
Premier League leaders Chelsea travel to Liverpool on Tuesday night in what is always one of the most anticipated fixtures of the campaign.
We take you through our predictions and betting tips for the massive clash at Anfield…
Liverpool v Chelsea Match Predictions
Draw 23/10 (3.30) – William Hill
Liverpool v Chelsea Best Bet
Diego Costa Anytime Goalscorer 15/8 – Spreadex
Liverpool v Chelsea Past Meetings
Chelsea are without a win in this particular fixture in the past six meetings, although four of those fixtures were draws – two of which were enough to see the Blues through to the 2015 League Cup final.
Liverpool haven’t beaten the London Blues in any of the past five clashes at Anfield in a run stretching back to May 2012, drawing three and losing twice.
It’s generally a fixture which is tight and closely-fought, of the last 14 encounters, each side has triumphed four times while there have been six draws.
Liverpool v Chelsea Stats
Chelsea have not lost a single fixture outside of London this season – they did lose this clash at Stamford Bridge earlier in the season alongside league defeats at Tottenham and Arsenal and a league cup exit away to West Ham.
Antonio Conte’s side now have a ten-point cushion over the Merseyside Reds in the table and anything other than a home win in this fixture would surely end any lingering hopes of a Liverpool title challenge this campaign.
Liverpool v Chelsea Team News
Sadio Mane will not be available for Liverpool due to continued participation in the African Cup of Nations with Senegal, although Nathaniel Clyne should return to fitness after suffering a rib injury. Danny Ings and Adam Bodgan are long-term absentees.
The visitors will have a fully fit squad to chose from as they have no injuries or suspensions, and many players are likely to have been rested from Saturday’s FA Cup clash with Brentford.
Reasons for Liverpool v Chelsea Betting Tips
Liverpool are experiencing their worst run of form all season, by a distance. They have won only one of their seven matches this year – and even that was a narrow replay victory over League Two side Plymouth. Squad fragility and an apparent drop in energy levels and ideas have become apparent in recent weeks.
The absence of Sadio Mane has disrupted the Reds attack and exposed a lack of strength in depth, but holding home advantage and the fact they will know they owe the fans and themselves a performance should make them difficult to beat on the night.
Chelsea are in ominous form – churning out victories and maintaining their ruthless efficiency. Not always the most entertaining team, they are getting the job done. Diego Costa scored against Liverpool earlier in the campaign and netted at Anfield in Chelsea’s last league win at the ground two seasons ago.
Jurgen Klopp’s side remain defensively vulnerable so at 13/8, the odds are favourable the Spanish striker will find the net, although the visitors would probably accept a point in this match to tick off another tricky fixture.