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Chelsea and Liverpool have met many times in recent years and there is little love lost between them, but who will come out on top in their Carling Cup quarter-final?
Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas breathed a huge sigh of relief after he watched his side stop their mini-rot with a 3-0 home win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday. He – and Chelsea fans – will be hoping the match represents a turning point in their season after some poor recent performances, including a home defeat to Liverpool in the Premier League.
Given Liverpool’s fine performance and even better result at Stamford Bridge it is perhaps surprising Kenny Dalglish’s side are as big as 4/1 (Stan James – £150 free bets) to win the match. The home side are price at best odds of 5/6 (Unibet – £20 free betting), which does not offer the return we would hope for given their erratic form of late.
Liverpool are high on confidence and have beaten Chelsea in each of the last three league meetings between the sides, twice at the Bridge. Backing the Reds in the Asian handicap market could therefore be a very good option at odds of 19/17 (188bet) with a +0.5 goal advantage.
As ever with the Carling Cup, much will depend on how high a priority the competition is deemed to be by the respective managers. With Dalglish looking to build further momentum for his team and Villas-Boas hoping to divert any negative attention, we think both sides will be at full strength and going all out for the win.
Luis Suarez is a class act and has been unlucky not to have scored more goals this season. The Uruguay marksman can be backed at very decent odds of 7/1 (Betfred) to open the scoring, while Daniel Sturridge looks a fair bet at 11/2 with the same bookie as a possible alternative.
Overall we expect another epic encounter between the sides, and we get the feeling Liverpool could sneak yet another win at Stamford Bridge.