Chelsea vs Liverpool by Jamesington
Raheem Sterling scored and put in a stellar second-half performance; Steven Gerrard led well, also hitting the framework of the goal and the rest of the side put in a solid performance which was worthy of at least the draw they came away with. If the sides perform in a similar manner and Chelsea do not have the benefit of a dodgy referee (see Hazard's penalty award) then Liverpool could have the edge to qualify, at a tasty price too.
Gerrard was rested for the Bolton FA Cup match and should start at Stamford Bridge along with key-man Sterling. There is the potential for Daniel Sturridge to make an appearance against his former club and the elusive Mario Balotelli always has the potential for something special (one way or the other).
Chelsea have arguably there most important match of the season this Saturday and despite Mourinho promising to bring back all his first choice players for this game (having rested many against lower league Bradford - who put FOUR past them) it is a question of whether the Chelsea players' minds are on this game or the weekend's big league match that may decide the outcome.
In summary, Liverpool have begun to find form of late (especially away from home; and disregarding the Bolton game - which they really should have won) and have the players to trouble Chelsea. The Blues have other things on their mind and after the weekend's shock defeat against Bradford the team could be forgiven for focusing on the Man City match - which is more important than this game. Liverpool have a decent track record at Stamford Bridge, losing only twice in their last six visits and can have the beating of Chelsea tonight - be it in 90 minutes or in extra time.
|Liverpool to qualify||Bet365||3.50||7||1-0 LOST (-7 units)|
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.