Liverpool welcome Premier League leaders Chelsea to Anfield on Tuesday evening at the worst possible time given recent form.
The Reds are having a year to forget already, having exiting two cup competitions and seeing their title hopes in tatters, and with Chelsea in such fine form, while their league meeting be foregone conclusion?
Jurgen Klopp’s side can’t buy a win in any competition
Liverpool have picked up just one win in their last eight games in all competitions. They beat Manchester City in the Premier League at the end of 2016, and haven’t been able to maintain such momentum. Draws away to Sunderland in the league and at home to Plymouth in the FA Cup led to some warning signs, before a first leg defeat to Southampton in the EFL Cup semi-final had many questioning if a crisis was brewing.
A draw away to Manchester United and a win in the FA Cup third replay to Plymouth answered some doubters, but the Merseysiders have since lost three games on the bounce all on home soil and it’s ended their hopes of silverware. In the Premier League, Swansea City beat Liverpool, leaving them ten points adrift in the title race.
In the EFL Cup, Southampton won in the semi-final second leg to reach the final, eliminating Klopp’s side. And most recently in the FA Cup, Wolverhampton Wanderers won at Anfield to knock Liverpool out at the fourth round. It’s been a bad week for Liverpool and now they are desperate clinging onto a top-four place in the Premier League table.
Chelsea form should see them best Liverpool
With Liverpool failing to win their last four games at home, losing three, Chelsea should have no problems when the two sides meet on Tuesday. The Blues are coming off the back of four consecutive wins after seeing their 10-game winning streak ended by defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.
Antonio Conte’s side have won 17 of their last 19 games in all competitions and know they could take a giant step towards the title with victory over Liverpool, let alone potentially beating Arsenal days after. The leaders look unstoppable and they will be delighted with the form Liverpool are in ahead of their meeting. Chelsea are 21/10 to win against Liverpool when the two sides lock horns on Tuesday, and could go 13 points clear of the Merseysiders in the Premier League table.
Is a Chelsea victory a foregone conclusion?
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