One of the fiercest rivalries of the English Premiership will be rekindled on Sunday evening as seventh placed Liverpool welcome third placed Chelsea.
This match will afford the Blues manager, Rafael Benitez to return to the club he took to Champions League glory in Istanbul in 2005. Also making a return is the duo of Youssi Benayoun and Fernando Torres who played under the Spaniard at Liverpool.
Having seen their aspiration for the Premier League fade in thin air, a place in Europe next season has taken an added significance for Liverpool. And for this, the Steven Gerard's side are favorites to win this battle at 6/5 (2.2) according to Ladbrokes.
The Roman Army who go into this encounter with a high spirit thanks to their away demolition of Fulham at the Craven Cottage, they are underdogs at 9/4 (3.35) to return to London empty handed. The draw is a 23/10 (3.3) bet with the same bookie.
Liverpool were 4-1 winners at this venue in last season's fixture, so it is not out of place that Ladbrokes is placing a mouth watering odds of 11/20 (1.55) to win either halves.
For the goal scorers, PFA player of the year nominee Luis Suarez is available at 9/2 (5.5) to find the back of the next first. Although the Uruguayan has failed to score in the last seven hours on the field of play, he is also favorite to score at anytime at 5/4 (2.25) while his compatriot who was brought from Chelsea, Daniel Sturridge is an 11/2 (6.5) to get the curtain raiser.
For those seeking extra value, backing Chelsea to go goal crazy with 0-1 goals at 9/20 (1.45) proves a great offer.
Chelsea have scooped just nine wins in their 69 visits to Liverpool and look likely to field a rather weak side in this one due to their Europa League semi final clash with FC Basel in Switzerland on Thursday. This match promises to live up to its pre-match billings.