Who: Liverpool vs Chelsea
When: Wednesday, July 22nd @ 3:15pm ET
Line: Liverpool +100| Draw +275 | Chelsea +255
After 30 long years of waiting, Liverpool will be crowned champions of England.
An empty Anfield.
Maybe it’ll be bittersweet. Perhaps it’s anti-climatic. But tomorrow afternoon we’ll see the Hendo Shuffle and Liverpool will be officially crowned Premier League champs.
Oh, and they’re playing Chelsea.
Here’s a quick look at the match.
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With Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, and possibly Kai Havertz all joining the squad for the 2020-21 season, Liverpool better bag a win against Chelsea while they can.
Even without those three, Chelsea is a very tough out. When they’re running hot. Are they running hot now? 🤷♂️
We wrote at the start of the season that Chelsea was talented, but they’d be streaky. That’s what happens when you have a young squad and young coach. What we do know is unlike Liverpool, Chelsea have a lot to play for still.
The Blues currently sit third in the table. However, unlike the Reds, their position in the top 4 (and Champions League) is far from safe. After playing Liverpool at Anfield, they close the season against Wolves at home. If Chelsea lose both, they could drop under Wolves on goal differential.
Scoring isn’t an issue for Chelsea. Christian Pulisic has been a revelation this season. Willian is a constant threat. Mason Mount is rounding back into form. They’re third in the league in xG.
Chelsea’s knock is that they’re porous defensively. While they have given up 49 goals (placing them 13th in the EPL), their xGA is actually a respectable 39.47. That’s the 5th best mark in the Premier League. Chelsea have been unlucky.
Without Jordan Henderson in the line-up, Liverpool have a maddening ability to lose focus for large stretches of the match. They’re too casual (we’re looking at you, Virgil van Dijk). The lads simply haven’t been motivated since bagging up the league title–and they don’t have their captain to hold them accountable.
Expect more of the same on Wednesday.
This just feels like another game where Liverpool come out hot for 20-25 minutes, score a goal, and lose focus. Chelsea have to win this. Liverpool don’t. Chelsea prevail 2-1.