On the late Sunday afternoon, the clash Chelsea vs. Liverpool closes the 21st matchday in the Premier League. Here, the second meets at home the third, with the two teams taking 42 and 41 points. Chelsea overtook Liverpool during the week. A 1-1 at home against Brighton & Hove Albion on Wednesday was sufficient for Thomas Tuchel’s team. After all, the visitors managed by Jürgen Klopp surprisingly lost on Tuesday 0-1 at Leicester City. There, the Foxes snapped a run of seven championship games in which Liverpool won six times in a row and experienced a 2-2 at Tottenham Hotspur. In contrast, Chelsea are unbeaten in five appearances in the EPL, but the Blues only won twice and that was against teams in the second half of the table. Anthony Taylor will referee the match in London.
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What speaks for Chelsea?
- Compete in front of home crowd
- Is unbeaten in five appearances in the EPL
- Jorginho can rescue points individually
What speaks for Liverpool?
- At least before the away defeat to Leicester City, performed more consistently
- In the fixture at the Foxes, for the first time in nineteen championship games, they failed to score a goal
- Goes into the game with fewer players missing
For the top match of the 21st matchday on Sunday, we have prepared an interesting expert tip with odds of 1.66. The bookmaker Betway offers this football bet.
Expert analysis Chelsea
So, Chelsea overtook Liverpool on Wednesday, who had previously held the second place thanks to the better goal difference. However, this does not mean that the Blues covered themselves in glory. On the contrary, the team coached by Thomas Tuchel could not achieve more than a 1-1 against Brighton & Hove Albion at Stamford Bridge. Danny Welbeck scored in the 91st minute, but the draw came more than deserved.
On the one hand, the Blues are unbeaten in five league matches, and on the other hand, they only won two of them. Moreover, they exclusively beat teams ranked in the second half of the table. A 3-2 home win over Leeds United was followed by a 3-1 at Aston Villa on Boxing Day. What these games had in common was that Jorginho became the match-winner by scoring a brace. Although he only converted penalties, this requires coolness.
Romelo Lukaku netted the second goal on Sunday, and subsequently he provided the lead against the Seagulls. Although this was not enough to win the game, he rescued a point for Chelsea. Nevertheless, the Blues need to work on their consistency. A team at this level cannot afford to lose points against Everton (1-1), Wolverhampton (0-0) and Brighton within a few weeks.
One good news for Tuchel was that Kai Havertz took place on the substitutes’ bench after recovering from his COVID-19 infection. By contrast, Timo Werner still must wait for his comeback. Furthermore, for example, Thiago Silva and the long-term injured Benjamin Chilwell miss out.
Expert analysis Liverpool
For Liverpool, the away match against Chelsea comes five days after a 0-1 defeat at Leicester City. This ended a successful streak for the team of Jürgen Klopp. During the run, the Reds initially threaded six wins before a 2-2 at Tottenham Hotspur on 19 December. The home match against Leeds United on Boxing Day was postponed.
However, the damper at the Foxes at first glance came surprisingly, also because of their starting situation. But if we think about it, the home side learned, for example, from their performances in the previous week. First, they squandered a 1-3 lead in the last 20 minutes at Liverpool in the Carabao Cup, and then they crashed to a 3-6 defeat at Manchester City. In the league home match against the Reds, they showed a rock-solid defensive performance. We will see if Leicester City will tip the scales in the title fight.
What we are certain about is the fact that Liverpool’s goal machine has not stalled. Divock Origi may be injured, but his teammates Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota scored half of the Reds’ 50 league goals. Consequently, the Egyptian and Portuguese internationals contributed significantly to their team always scoring at least once in their first eighteen league games. Also therefore it is important that Salah does not travel to the Africa Cup of Nations until after the away fixture against Chelsea.
Alone in the first three Premier League matches after the international break in November, Liverpool netted a total of twelve goals. This came in two 4-0 at home to Arsenal as well as against Southampton plus a 4-1 at city rivals Everton. Before the 2-2 at Spurs, the Reds had two 1-0 at Wolverhampton as well as at home to Aston Villa and Anfield Road a 3-1 to Newcastle United. Along with Origi, Nathaniel Phillips, Harvey Elliott and Adrián miss out. Furthermore, Andrew Robertson must live with a suspension.
Head-to-head comparison Chelsea – Liverpool
The first direct clash between Chelsea and Liverpool in the 2021/2022 Premier League took place on 28 August. In that match at Anfield Road, the Blues and the Reds drew 1-1. On the other hand, the matches between the two sides in the previous season ended in away victories. To be precise, Chelsea experienced against Liverpool a 0-2 and on 4 March a 1-0.
Expert betting tip Chelsea – Liverpool
In the clash Chelsea vs Liverpool two teams, who cannot be satisfied with their recent performances, meet. The Blues may be unbeaten in five Premier League games, but they almost only played against sides from the second half of the table. Most recently, they drew 1-1 at home to Brighton & Hove Albion. And for the seventh time in eight matches involving the Blues, both teams scored goals.
Even though Liverpool lost 1-0 at Leicester City in their last game, it was the first time that the Reds failed to score a goal. At the same time, this represented their second consecutive winless league match. In the 2-2 at Spurs, both teams scored for the third time in five appearances in the Premier League.
Betting tip: Both teams to score goals – Yes, odds 1.66 at the bookmaker Betway.
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