Brendan Rodgers’ side really can’t afford to lose if they are to have a realistic chance of finishing in the top six and potentially finishing above city rivals Everton in the process.
Two 0-0 draws at home to West Ham and away to Reading have dented their challenge for European football next season but Brendan Rodgers’ side have responded well before to setbacks this season.
Liverpool are 6/5 (2.20) favourites to capitalise on their decent home form and claim all three points against a Chelsea side, who are trading at 9/4 (3.25) with Paddy Power.
What will stand in the Reds’ favour is they have dominated the last two league games against the Blues at Anfield running out 4-1 and 2-0 winners.
It’s 35/1 (36.0) and 10/1 (11.0) respectively that either of these scorelines will be repeated in a game where if Luis Suarez scores the last goal in this match, Paddy Power will refund all losing first/last goalscorer, correct score and scorecast singles on the game.
As the club’s and Barclays Premier League’s leading striker this season Suarez is 5/1 (6.0) to get the first goal of the game, 7/5 (2.40) to score at anytime and 5/1 (6.0) to get the last goal to add to his 22 league strikes this season.
For anyone who thinks both of those outcomes could occur, Paddy Power make Suarez to score first and a 4-1 win for Liverpool a 150/1 (151.0) chance in their scorecast betting.
Chelsea frontman Demba Ba’s second half strike couldn’t prevent his side losing an FA Cup semi-final to Manchester City last weekend and the former Newcastle striker is 9/5 (2.80) to be an anytime goalscorer at Anfield on Sunday.
Former Kop favourite but misfiring Chelsea striker Fernando Torres is 7/1 (8.0) to get the first goal or 11/5 (3.20) to score at anytime against his old club.
Liverpool raced into a 3-0 half-time lead in this tie last season before winning 4-1 while Suarez’s 73rd-minute equaliser at Stamford Bridge earlier this term meant honours ended even.
The talismanic striker will need to lead from the front to make sure home advantage counts for his side as Chelsea’s interim manager Rafa Benitez returns to his old club for the first time since his six-year tenure ended in 2010.
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Jim Knight is Betting Editor at Goal.com and has been tipping football games since he was old enough to place a bet. He is a Leicester City fan, writer and member of the We Are Going Up Podcast
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