Chelsea v Liverpool betting
Liverpool travel to West London to face Chelsea on Sunday in a game televised live on Sky Sports 1 from 4pm.
The Reds were on top of the Premier League on Christmas Day but dropped to fourth after a battling Boxing Day defeat to Manchester City, while Chelsea moved one point and one place above them with a 1-0 home win over Swansea.
Brendan Rodgers' side were unlucky not to collect at least a point at the Etihad Stadium, with some poor decisions by the officials and a mistake by goalkeeper Simon Mignolet costing them dear and Liverpool have an excellent recent record at Stamford Bridge, losing just once in their last six Premier League visits (W3, D2). Indeed, Chelsea have won only 2 of their last 13 league games against Liverpool (D4, L7).
But of course, Jose Mourinho has still to lose a home match as Chelsea manager and his side have won 7 and drawn 1 of their league games at Stamford Bridge this season. They can be backed at best odds of 6/5 with Bet365 and Paddy Power to win this game, while Liverpool are available at 13/5 with William Hill and the draw at 13/5 with Stan James.
Luis Suarez scored in both Premier League games between these sides last season and already has 10 goals to his name in December - he needs just one more goal to become only the 7th player in the Premier League era to reach the 30-goal mark in a calendar year.
This is the first game between the sides since Suarez was banned for 10 matches for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic and the Uruguayan can be backed at 5/1 with Paddy Power to open the scoring. This is especially appealing as Paddy Power are offering to refund all losing First / Last Goalscorer, Correct Score and Scorecast bets on this match, if it ends as a draw.
In fact, if you do fancy Liverpool to collect all three points on Sunday, then a 'wincast' bet on Suarez to score and Liverpool to win at odds of 5/1 with Betfred might be a better bet than the 13/5 on Liverpool outright - as he will surely be the key to their success.
At the prices, we'll also recommend a bet on Glen Johnson to score against his former side at stand-out odds of 16/1 with Ladbrokes (as short as 7/1 elsewhere). Johnson scored the winner when these sides met at Stamford Bridge two seasons ago and still gets himself into plenty of goal-scoring opportunities.
Fernando Torres is 6/1 with Bet365 to score first against his old side, but the Spaniard is a shadow of the player he was for Liverpool and a better bet, given Liverpool's vulnerability at set-pieces this season, could be on John Terry to score at any time at odds of 9/1 with Paddy Power. Terry scored Chelsea's goal in the 1-1 draw in this fixture last season.
*Money-back if the game finishes as a draw.