Liverpool vs Chelsea Preview and Prediction 2021

Liverpool vs Chelsea Preview and Prediction 2021

Liverpool vs Chelsea predictions for Thursday’s Premier League showdown at Anfield. A place in top four is on offer for the winner of Liverpool’s clash with Chelsea. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.

Under 2.5 goals have been scored in eight of Chelsea’s nine games under Thomas Tuchel.

Liverpool have scored just one goal in their last five home league games combined.

Chelsea are unbeaten in nine fixtures since Thomas Tuchel’s appointment.

Liverpool have failed to win any of their last six home league assignments.

Liverpool hoping to stop the rot at Anfield

Both Liverpool and Chelsea have fallen well below expectations this season, and instead of meeting as title challengers on Thursday, the sides will arrive at Anfield needing points to power their pursuit of a top-four finish.

Jurgen Klopp’s floundering champions ended a run of four straight defeats with a victory at bottom club Sheffield United last week, and the Reds will be desperate to end another four-match losing streak at home when they welcome Chelsea to Merseyside this week.

Liverpool’s wretched form at Anfield, where they haven’t won for six games overall, has been one of the campaign’s most compelling plotlines, and Mohamed Salah’s spot-kick against Man City was the Reds’ only goal in their last five home assignments combined.

Tuchel remains unbeaten

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel remains unbeaten with his new employers and the Blues’ uninspiring 0-0 draw at home to Manchester United last time out was the club’s eighth game without defeat under the German coach.

Fixtures under Tuchel have been relatively low on excitement in the early parts of his tenure however, with long periods of possession without penetration producing little in the way of goal-scoring opportunities.

Tight clash anticipated at Anfield

With Chelsea’s defensive improvements notable and plenty of wrinkles left to iron out in attack, under 2.5 goals were produced in eight of Thomas Tuchel’s first nine matches in charge of the club, and backers of the same market could be rewarded on Thursday again.

The regression in Liverpool’s output in the final third has been remarkable this season, and the Reds have notched one or fewer goals in nine of their last 12 league fixtures and in each of their last six runouts at Anfield.

Showpiece fixtures between the division’s elite clubs have quite often lived up to their billing this season, and the evidence suggests that Thursday’s game could be just as low-key.

Backing under 2.5 goals at Anfield is advised as a result, while a 1-1 correct score prediction tips Liverpool’s winless run on Merseyside to continue and Thomas Tuchel’s record to remain unblemished after a tussle with his compatriot.

Liverpool injuries and team news

Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez remain long term absentees for Liverpool, while Jordan Henderson also faces a prolonged spell in the treatment room.

Diogo Jota is struggling with illness and is unlikely to feature, though James Milner and Fabinho will hope to play some part.

Chelsea injuries and team news

Alisson could return to the team having missed Liverpool’s win at Sheffield United for family reasons.

Thiago Silva and Callum Hudson-Odoi are both rated as doubtful for Chelsea, however, elsewhere, Thomas Tuchel has a strong squad to choose from.

German duo Timo Werner and Kai Havertz will be hoping to start, though chucking the underperforming pair in at Anfield would be a big risk.

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