Premier League Scorecast: Liverpool and Chelsea to play out score draw
Some elements of the media have acted like Liverpool played their youth team against Real Madrid on Tuesday.
They didn't. Brendan Rodgers sent out a side full of multi-million pound buys who performed better than the Reds' 'first choice' team did against Real Madrid at Anfield.
At the time of writing this article, Liverpool are three points off the top four, in the quarter-finals of the League Cup and can still qualify from their group in the Champions League. Our point is: it's not all doom and gloom for the 'Pool.
Chelsea drew against Maribor on Wednesday and weren't very impressive. They are obviously a better team than Liverpool, but José Mourinho has been known to play conservatively away from home against the top teams.
Whether Liverpool will continue to be considered a top side remains to be seen, but they're certainly no worse than the current Manchester United side who drew with Chelsea a couple of weeks back. So we're going for a draw here too.
Chelsea have only won back-to-back league games at Anfield once before and we don't see them doing so again this weekend. The Blues have not kept a clean sheet in their last six Premier League away games while Liverpool have just two clean sheets in their last 16 games, so we reckon there will be goals too.
We're backing Eden Hazard to make up for his penalty miss on Wednesday and score the first in a 2-2 draw. It pays at 60/1.