The Blues on the other hand are playing with great confidence and flair currently, and are just one point behind Manchester United in the Premier League.
The Reds have won three and lost just one of their last five Premier League trips to Stamford Bridge, however, and, as always, are well supported in the markets, and can be backed at 3/1 (Paddy Power) to continue their good record. They won this corresponding fixture 2-1 last season, and that scoreline is available at 12/1 with Bet365.
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Chelsea are clear favourites and their 10/11 price with Ladbrokes and Bet365 could well be worth taking. They have won all of their matches at home this season, bar their unlucky 3-2 defeat against Manchester United, and scored 13 goals in the process. The draw is trading around the 11/5 mark with Ladbrokes.
Chelsea hit-man Fernando Torres will be on a lot of punters minds this weekend for the game, as he looks to net his first goal against Liverpool since leaving for £50m in 2011.
Torres scored five goals in four Premier League games against Chelsea while playing for Liverpool, but has netted none in the three for the Blues against the Reds since his transfer, to the delight of the Reds faithful. He is best-priced 13/2 with Paddy Power, who are refunding stakes on all markets if Torres scores the last goal, to score first. And the same firm go 7/4 that he breaks his duck against Liverpool at any time in the game. However, Torres has still flattered to deceive at times this season, and has only notched four times in the Premier League. He is probably best swerved in the market.
A far better punting proposition lies at the feet of his replacement at Liverpool Luis Suarez to score at any time. He has been in sensational form for the Reds in recent weeks, and has at times, carried the team to victory single handily. If Liverpool are to leave with any points, Suarez will play a big part and the 15/8 with Bet365 should be snapped up.
With the likely attacking nature of both sides, goals should be forthcoming. Ladbrokes have reported good money seen in that department with punters piling the money onto the both teams to score market around the 8/13 mark.
Punters will be well aware that disgraced Chelsea skipper John Terry will be making his return from four-game ban for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand. Usually when Terry returns to the fray, he has some sort of say in the result and backing him to be involved in some shape or form could be a positive move. His side have conceded 10 goals in his absence and he will be determined to sure up the defence and make a big impression on his return.
The former England captain can be backed at a best priced 28/1 with Ladbrokes to score first and 10/1 with the same firm to score at any time.
For those that think Terry’s influence may have a detrimental effect on Chelsea’s game may want to check out Bet365’s 10/1 on offer for Terry, or any of his teammates, to score an own-goal in the match.
Liverpool centre-half Martin Skrtel is also a threat from set-pieces and is constantly underrated by the bookmakers who price up the goalscorer markets. Skrtel is dynamite in the air and usually pops up in the big games, he can be backed at 40/1 (Ladbrokes) to notch first.