Liverpool welcome 3rd place Chelsea in the 2nd big game of Super Sunday in the Barclays Premier League. It’s a game of many subplots which sees former Champions League winning manager with Liverpool in 2005, Rafa Benitez returning ever since departing the club in 2010 after a largely successful spell at the 5 time European Champions. Fernando Torres is another former red taking his place for the blues having lost in his only return to Anfield last season, he along with the rest of the team will be looking to maintain their charge for a 3rd placed finish after a convincing 3-0 win away at Fulham. Liverpool meanwhile have not scored in their draws to both Reading and West Ham united though Brendan Rogers side have shown real progress especially with the creativity and dynamism of Phillipe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge along with EPL player of the season contender and League’s top scorer Luis Suarez.
Chelsea are most likely to put out the same side which beat Fulham away from home with the only likely changes being Demba Ba replacing Fernando Torres up front and Victor Moses being replaced by young brazillian Oscar. John Terry would have been expected to lose his place as well with Benitez’s rotation policy but a nice outing including 2 goals and a clean sheet seem to be enough to merit a place in the starting XI on Sunday.
Liverpool have been lacking goals recently and they would be try to end a spell of 2 games without a goal on Sunday. Liverpool are well known to bring their best against the top opposition and in Chelsea they have one. Liverpool have been the more successful in this tie recently having done a league double last season and a draw this season at Stamford Bridge. The same side which drew at the Madejski stadium is expected to start with Brendan Rodgers lacking in depth. Stewart Downing is the only likely player to get into starting XI with Jordan Henderson dropped to the bench in his favor.
Man to Watch: Fernando Torres
A rejuvenated Torres is what the Anfield club have to deal with this Sunday. He has been in good form and is expected to be a major threat even if he does start from the bench.
Prediction: Liverpool (2) – Chelsea (2)
Competition: English Premier LeagueDate: Sunday 21st April 2013
Kick OFF: 16:00 BST
Result: Liverpool 2-2 Chelsea26' 0-1 Oscar
52' 1-1 Sturridge
57' 1-2 Hazard (pen)
90' 2-2 Suarez