EPL Sunday Night Best Bets - week 34
Crystal Palace v Man. City
If you feel goals are on the way, there are few better candidates to find the net than Raheem Sterling.
Razza’s scored four times in his nine matches against Palace, and I can see him adding to his 15-goal Premier League tally on Sunday.
Perhaps Sergio Aguero is the obvious option, but with James Tomkins and Mamadou Sakho both out for Palace, Sterling’s pace could tear back-up centre-halves Scott Dann and Martin Kelly to shreds.
Liverpool v Chelsea
This is all a very familiar, isn’t it?
While we will be without a dishevelled, gilet-sporting Jose Mourinho parading down the Anfield touchline, you can’t help but notice plenty of parallels between this fixture and the 2014 offering; where Liverpool blew their chance of winning a first ever Premier League trophy at the hands of Mark Schwarzer’s Chelsea.
And Steven Gerrard slipped. Remember that?
Almost five years later to the day, and Liverpool’s trophy cabinet has remained untouched. Surely, after all they’ve been through this season they can’t slip-up against Chelsea again? That, combined with Manchester City beating Crystal Palace, would surely leave Klopp kissing the Prem goodbye.
There’s no doubt this is the worst possible time to play Chelsea. A fortnight ago, and this would have a little more than a guaranteed home win, but Chelsea’s rejuvenation—primarily thanks to Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s inclusions (who would have thought?)—means they have a very real chance of getting something from this; don’t forget, this isn’t just about the title race.
Liverpool has dropped points just twice at home this season, although as Spurs showed a couple of weeks ago—before Hugo Lloris decided to chuck one in, anyway—that Klopp’s side can be got at.
Eden Hazard is playing frighteningly well, and while Liverpool is grinding out result after result, I’m backing a draw.
Chelsea has been really poor away from home this season, but with the magnitude of the occasion; the nerves, the history, the stakes – this is primed for them to turn up and spoil Liverpool’s party once again.
We won’t be seeing Mourinho levels of sh*thousery, but Chelsea still possesses the ability to not only frustrate Liverpool but hurt them as well.
Liverpool hasn’t beaten Chelsea in their last eight meetings at Anfield, and though this is the strongest Reds side we’ve seen in many, many years - I believe Maurizio Sarri may well break a few hearts.