Liverpool vs. Chelsea Could Very Well Decide the EPL Title
This Sunday will bring about another enthralling encounter in the English Premier League between two title candidates, Liverpool and Chelsea. Liverpool has come from out of nowhere to become the favorites to win the EPL Championship after a run of 10 straight wins. Meanwhile, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho saw his own prestigious streak of 77 straight unbeaten home Premiership games at Stamford Bridge come to an end last weekend when his side shockingly fell to Sunderland. Sunday’s match between the pair could be the final showdown to decide the title!
To be played at Anfield, Chelsea will certainly have a tough time going for the win. Liverpool recently beat fellow contenders Manchester City 3-2 here and has also thrashed the likes of Everton, Arsenal, and Tottenham at their prestigious home grounds. Luis Suarez is arguably the world’s best player at the moment and Steven Gerrard looks poised to finally earn himself a Premier League title to cap off his startling career!
Now 25 years removed from one of soccer’s greatest tragedies, Liverpool could earn a title that would be immensely special for their fans! Back in 1989, 96 Liverpool supporters were crushed to death in the Hillsborough incident where too many fans were let into a standing-room only pen behind the team’s goal. One of the most gruesome and miserable of all sporting tragedies, Hillsborough has long been remembered by Liverpool and its supporters. With the anniversary occurring just over a week ago, the team looks passionate and ready to claim their first title since 1990!
But Chelsea will certainly be eyeing a victory here as well. Their slim title hopes are fading fast and Mourinho’s side will desperately need to win in order to have any chance at winning the race. While they boast a world-class squad featuring Frank Lampard, Eden Hazard, Oscar, and David Luiz, they have certainly struggled away from home. At Anfield, Chelsea’s resolve will definitely be tested. Another challenge for the visiting club will be that they absolutely must play to attack. In visits to other top sides this season the team has adopted a “park the bus” mentality to secure draws against Manchester United and Arsenal, but they unfortunately do not have this luxury being 5 points off the chase!
What it all means is that we should expect an enthralling match where both sides will be looking to attack and score. Remember, Man City is lurking close behind in the title race and have a game in hand. 3 points are vital at this point of the season for both teams. I expect the winner of this match to go on to lift the trophy, and my money will be on Liverpool.
This team has battled all the odds and has suffered for 5 years of relative struggle. Their form in 2014 has been tremendous, and I think under the leadership of Gerrard and with the sheer talent of Suarez, Liverpool is poised to assert their strengths and claim the Premiership title. Who would have thought, after all the big money transfers by their rivals, and all the early season struggles, that right now in late April, Liverpool are favorites for the ultimate glory in British football?