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Rupert Wyman 6th Nov 2010 - 11:40

Chelsea take on the Kop flops

The visit of Chelsea must prove depressing to the diehard Liverpool fans. They are no longer the superstar force they were a few years ago. The Blues are the current Premier League champions and Liverpool were struggling in the relegation zone until recently.

Chelsea just seem to tick along, the victories are endless and the only major blip this season was the loss away at Man City. The Chelsea players will see the match as a realistic opportunity to earn three points. Both teams played midweek and have players returning from injury.

If you think the Anfield factor can help carry Liverpool and help them bag a vital morale boosting win, the price is 11/4. A Chelsea win is 11/10 and the draw is 11/5.

Chelsea will recall the fit again Florent Malouda but they are still without Frank Lampard. Essien will undergo a late fitness test on Sunday morning.

Liverpool have found some form, they have won their last three matches. However, the Kop fans can only be concerned about their team's performance when Gerrard is not in the starting eleven.  Gerrard scored a second-half hat-trick (50/1) against Napoli midweek and he is 11/4 to score anytime against Chelsea.

In the first half against Napoli, Liverpool could have found themselves a few goals down going into the break.  The introduction of Gerrard seemed to lift the side.

Lining-up alongside Gerrard on Sunday will be the recalled Torres and the fit again Glen Johnson. Kuyt, Babel and Agger will all miss out. The ex-Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole is unavailable through injury, a common occurrence at Chelsea. The former Liverpool flair player Benayoun moved south to West London this summer and he is unavailable for the Blues.

Liverpool had recently gone five weeks without a league win. Both teams may be fatigued from their midweek clashes and under 1.5 goals is 12/5. They will both defend tight and be more than happy to sit on a 1-0 win, so I am not expecting a goal fest at Anfield.

There is recent history between Liverpool and Chelsea, the Garcia handball and the Riise own goal. It could be a feisty affair, many of Chelsea's current players played in the more heated clashes over the last few years. Liverpool have also made Terry cry in the past and total match cards over 6 is priced at 11/4.

Drogba is a tempestuous player and the likes of Terry, Gerrard, Mikel and Carragher will not shirk a tackle.  Chelsea beat Liverpool twice 2-0 last season and if that happens for a third straight match you'll get paid out at our special Match Winner price of 10/1.

Petr Cech is part of Chelsea's tight defence, they have yet to concede a goal at home in the league this season and have only conceded three goals away, so a 2-0 away win looks a distinct possibility at this enhanced price.



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