Liverpool vs Chelsea – Drogba on the bench as Chelsea on the drift
Roy Hodgson may have seen his side find a resurgence in form over the last fortnight, but Hodgson will know the Liverpool performances must improve if they are to overcome Chelsea.
After starting the season in prime goalscoring form, the goals have dried up for Chelsea with just four in their last four games but Carlo Ancelotti will want to see his side dominate a poor Liverpool team.
Steven Gerrard’s 30-minute cameo in midweek was his best performance in a Liverpool shirt for some time and the Liverpool captain will be eager to continue at the same standard against Chelsea.
With Liverpool still misfiring, the captain will need to be at his best if Liverpool are to take anything from a game that they are 11/4 to win despite being at home.
Chelsea won this fixture 2-0 last year and after such a strong start to the Premier League with eight wins from their 10 games, they are the 1/1 favourites to beat Liverpool.
Chelsea have kept a clean sheet in seven of their ten Premier League games this season and with Liverpool only managing seven goals in their five home league games, the 6/4 offered for Chelsea to keep a clean sheet looks good value.
But in Fernando Torres, Liverpool can boast a striker that has scored four goals in his last four appearances against Chelsea, but it is well documented that Torres is struggling for form this season with just two goals.
Didier Drogba has five goals in his last five starts against Liverpool and unlike Torres, the Ivorian is in form – Drogba is 1/1 to score anytime.
All but one of Liverpool’s ten league goals this season have come in the second half and they are 7/1 to come from behind and draw. See the full Liverpool vs Chelsea match betting odds here.