Rafa Benitez and Fernando Torres return to their old stamping ground this weekend as Chelsea head to Merseyside to take on Liverpool but it could be an unhappy Anfield reunion for the pair because the Reds look a decent bet to edge the crucial Premier League contest.
Aided by home advantage, Liverpool are Ladbrokes’ 6/5 favourites while Stan James post 5/2 against the visiting top four hopefuls, who are also 5/2, this time with BetVictor, to earn themselves a share of the spoils.
The stalemate will certainly attract support, however, Brendan Rodgers’s charges have an impressive recent record against the West London outfit whose victory over Liverpool in the 2012 FA Cup final was their only one in the last seven renewals and as Chelsea have struggled a touch on the road of late, the Reds get the nod.
Bet365’s 3/1, chalked against a home success by a one goal margin catches the eye then and other wagers that appeal include Stan James’s 9/1 for a 2-1 Liverpool triumph or a victory for Rodgers’s side secured despite an inconclusive first 45 minutes at 19/4 via BetVictor.
Luis Suarez meanwhile, was denied by an outstanding performance from Reading stopper Alex McCarthy last weekend as the Reds dominated at the Madejski Stadium but the Uruguayan, who was on target when Rodgers’s men drew at Stamford Bridge, can find the target here; he’s 9/2 (William Hill) to break the deadlock.
Liverpool to beat Chelsea 2-1 – 9/1 (Stan James)