Liverpool are a 7/4 chance to be leading at half-time and full-time against a weakened Blues team
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Brendan Rodgers probably can’t believe the way in which Chelsea and Manchester City have waned in recent weeks, with the former losing at home to Sunderland last weekend which all but ended their hopes of winning the Premier League title.
Meanwhile, City are playing catch-up after losing 3-2 at Anfield and the title is very much Liverpool’s to lose, with victory on Sunday looking heavily likely considering Petr Cech is out for the rest of the season and John Terry will be watching from the sidelines.
Luis Suarez will be excited by the prospect of facing David Luiz rather than Terry and the bookies have been shortening Liverpool ahead of kick-off, with Ladbrokes offering a best price 8/11 that the Merseyside club get themselves the three points.
Liverpool have led at half-time and full-time in four of their past five matches, with Stan James going 7/4 about them having their noses in front by the interval before claiming a maximum haul by the final whistle.
Everything points to a victory for the Merseyside team with the exception of Jordan Henderson’s suspension although Joe Allen and Lucas Leiva can both deputise, while Daniel Sturridge should be fit enough to face his former club.
William Hill offer odds of 7/2 that Suarez breaks the deadlock, although Sturridge could operate in the central role and can be backed at 5/1 to score the first goal of the game, while the 10/1 shot Raheem Sterling will be bidding for a hat-trick of first goals.
As for Chelsea, who knows what team Jose Mourinho is going to field, with the Special One set to rest a few players ahead of Wednesday’s game against Atletico Madrid and this could play right into the hands of their opponents.
There is a gap of five points between the two teams and that means a draw is fairly useless to Chelsea who might set up not to concede and potentially profit on the counter-attack.
Mourinho worked out a plan which saw the visitors claim a 1-0 win at the Etihad Stadium and surely a Chelsea win would be by a single goal on Sunday, with odds of 20/1 available that they manage this.
However, it’s all about Liverpool making it twelve on the bounce and moving a step closer to winning the Premier League title.
Liverpool to lead at HT and FT @ 7/4 with bet365
Luis Suarez to score a hat-trick @ 20/1 with bet365