Booking their spot in the final of this year’s FA Cup over the weekend, Chelsea will be looking to cause a real upset when they make the trip to what is an empty Anfield on Wednesday night.
Putting on a real clinic and picking up a 3-1 win against Manchester United at Wembley on Sunday afternoon, the Blues have won four of their last five matches across all formats and sit in pole position to secure another top-four finish.
On the flip side, while Liverpool might have secured their first Premier League crown this summer, they were hit with a 2-1 defeat at Arsenal last time out and have shown some issues either side of the enforced break.
Winning three of their seven top-flight contests since the restart, the Reds have also won just four of their previous 13 matches across all competitions.
You might be interested to know that the two sides have a habit of producing lively contests on their Premier League meetings. With nine of the last 11 top-flight meetings seeing both teams find the net, a similar outcome in midweek can be found priced at 8/13 with Ladbrokes.
Mistakes cost Liverpool again
Despite taking what was a deserved 1-0 lead away at Arsenal last week, silly individual mistakes once again cost the Premier League’s newly-crowned champions.
Eventually leaving North London on the wrong end of a 2-1 defeat, Liverpool also saw their chances of securing a 100% record at Anfield this season go up in smoke last week.
Once again throwing away the lead and watching Burnley pick up a late point on Merseyside, Jurgen Klopp’s side have shown some defensive issues either side of the enforced break.
Including a woeful 4-0 drumming away at Manchester City earlier in the month, the former Borussia Dortmund boss has seen his men win just four of their last 13 contests across all formats.
Along with being hit with a shock 3-0 drumming away at relegation scrappers Watford prior to the interruption, Liverpool were also handed a 2-0 defeat when they faced off against Chelsea in the FA Cup earlier in the season.
Recording just a pair of clean sheets in their last six contests at Anfield, you might be interested to know that Wednesday’s hosts can be found priced at 11/8 with 888Sport to ship over 1.5 goals in midweek.
Giroud does it again
While Chelsea might have shown some inconsistencies throughout this year’s campaign, there is no doubt that the Blues will be boosted by a stunning display over the weekend.
Picking up a 3-1 win against a high-flying Manchester United at Wembley, Frank Lampard’s side booked their spot in the final of this year’s FA Cup and will be smelling an upset in midweek.
While Lampard’s youngsters might be stealing the headlines at Stamford Bridge, the former England midfielder will be hugely excited by Olivier Giroud’s continued purple patch.
Once again finding the net against United on Sunday, the former Arsenal striker has four goals in his last five matches across all competitions and is enjoying his most fruitful spell in West London.
Appearing to have leapfrogged Tammy Abraham in the pecking order, the French marksman has also recorded four Premier League strikes since making a return to action.
Finding the net against Liverpool in the Super Cup last year, you might be interested to know that Giroud can be found priced at 2/1 with Paddy Power to extend on his tally at Anfield.