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Rupert Wyman 1st May 2010 - 17:30

A bitter end for Benitez

Chelsea fans will be hoping that Liverpool roll over tomorrow, making it extremely hard for Manchester United to win the league.

Ancelotti's Blue army are two games away from reclaiming the Premier League trophy that they see as being on loan at Old Trafford for the past three seasons.

Manchester United are breathing down Chelsea's neck and the Blues cannot afford a slip-up. Chelsea want to go into the game against Wigan on the final day of the season knowing they can still win a domestic double!

It is another trophy less season at Anfield and nothing will rile the Liverpool fanatics more than the sight of the Premier League trophy being paraded just down the M62.

I would like to put the speculation concerning Liverpool 'turning over' to bed, there is every chance that some Liverpool players may be dejected and lethargic after their midweek defeat in the Europa League but if they failed to turn up for the fixture, it could turn into a rout and they would not want to embarrass the Kop.

It is only a week ago that Chelsea subjected Stoke to an embarrassing 7-0 defeat at the Bridge.

There is still an outside chance that Liverpool may take fourth spot and the game depends on Benitez's attitude.

There are rumours that it may be the Spaniard's last match in-charge in the home dugout. His mind may not be on the beach but it could almost definitely be in Madrid, Turin or even the blue half of Manchester. If he leaves Liverpool there will be plenty of potential suitors interested in his qualities.

His intentions tomorrow may be obvious in his line-up, he will not risk unfit players with the World Cup looming and may blood some youth team players. Anfield and the Kop must get behind the players, if they are subdued and negative, this may affect the player's moods and they could lose their edge.

For Liverpool, Torres is out for the remainder of the season, Kuyt has a calf problem and Insua will be missing with a thigh problem.

Chelsea have lost Essien and Mikel to knee injuries and Boswinga is definitely out.

In the reverse fixture earlier this season both Anelka and Malouda scored in a 2-0 win. With Liverpool worn out and dispirited, I would back Chelsea/Chelsea in the Double Result market at 15/8. A visit to Anfield is always daunting but Chelsea have too much quality and a trophy at stake.

Florent Malouda to score first at 7/1 is a tempting price, he will never have a worse miss in-front of goal than last week's tap-in against Stoke. He is in impressive form and has been essential to Chelsea's hunt for goals.

There will be fire in Chelsea's bellies tomorrow and the Liverpool fans must be seething at either the prospect of losing to the cocky West London side or seeing their arch-rivals Manchester United stride a step closer to a record breaking fourth title in a row.



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