Luis Suarez to Bite Back at Stamford Bridge Today?

 

Luis Suarez levels the match on Liverpool's last visit to Stamford Bridge.

Luis Suarez levels the match on Liverpool’s last visit to Stamford Bridge.

The eyes of the world will be eagerly tuned on Stamford Bridge this afternoon as Liverpool, and Luis Suarez especially, return to the home of Chelsea Football Club for the first time since the infamous biting incident that saw Suarez banned for ten matches. That bite happened in the 2-2 draw at Anfield last season and was missed by the officials so Suarez stayed on the pitch to score a 90th minute equaliser for the home team and with these two sides sitting third and fourth in the Premier League table before kick off this match is sure to have a charged atmosphere as both teams look to build their title winning chances.

Despite Chelsea having failed to win at home to Liverpool since 2009 and are four games without victory against the Merseysiders at Stamford Bridge, they are favoured by GR88.com to take all three points today. They will be certainly motivated to do so after being on the receiving end of the poor decisions at Anfield in the last meeting of these two teams, but can they overcome the impressive Suarez to live up to their pre-match favourites billing?

Chelsea v Liverpool Match Odds:

Home Win – 2.12

Level at Full Time – 3.15

Away Win – 3.25

(Odds provided by GR88.com are current as of today but subject to change.)

Although Chelsea have not managed to defeat Liverpool at Stamford Bridge in more than four years, with, Liverpool taking three wins and a 1-1 draw last season in that time, they have been impressive in front of the home faithful this season as they have won eight and drawn one of their nine Premier League matches at home this season. They have played 12 matches at Stamford Bridge in all competitions and only Swiss side FC Basel have managed to win here and the hosts have taken ten wins in the other 11 games. However, despite this fine record on home soil they have just five clean sheets in these 12 games and just one in their last five games, so with Suarez having found the net on 19 occasions in 12 matches this season will Chelsea be able to keep the visitors out and claim all three points?

Suarez will believe not and as he was prevented from scoring at Manchester City on Boxing Day, as well as the fact that he will want to show that he can legitimately be a match winner against Chelsea, he will be highly motivated to score goals today. I am certainly confident that the Uruguayan will find the net today, but with Liverpool having beaten only Tottenham Hotspur in their last five away matches and missing both Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge for this game will they have the confidence as a side to win this match?

Losses at Arsenal, Hull and Man City as well as drawing 3-3 away at their big city rivals Everton in their last five away games would suggest not for Liverpool, but if Suarez hits the heights that he has done in games like against Norwich, where he scored four, and Tottenham, where he scored two and created another, then I certainly see Liverpool extending their unbeaten run away at Chelsea to five games. With the frustration of not scoring in the 2-1 loss to Man City on Thursday I feel that Suarez will bring his A game today and he will have more than enough to help Liverpool to at least a point against a combination of an aging and inexperienced defensive line.

Back Liverpool/Draw Double Chance @ 1.70 in this Chelsea v Liverpool match with GR88.com.

AntonyANTONY JORDAN (antonygr88) is an avid football and cricket fan who loves to play his favourite sports as much as write about them and bet on them.  Read his daily sports betting blog at GR88.com.

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Liverpool favourites to top the Premier League today!

Luis Suarez tops the goal scorer charts with 17 goals this season.

Luis Suarez tops the goal scorer charts with 17 goals this season.

With Premier League leaders Arsenal not in action until Monday as they host Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium second placed Liverpool have the chance to go top of the Premier League with victory at Anfield over newly promoted Cardiff City in the opening match of the weekend in England’s top tier. Should Arsenal and Chelsea end level or see an away win in the final match before Christmas then it will be Brendan Rodger’s men who will sit as the highest ranked side in the country for Christmas Day this year.

The team from the red half of the Merseyside will need to win this afternoon’s clash with Cardiff City, who they defeated in the Carling Cup Final of 2012 in a penalty shootout to take the title, to go top and should they it today it will the first time since the fourth round of games this season that they have occupied top spot in the league and they will be desperate to get back to the summit today.

GR88.com believe that burning desire to ascend to the top of the Premier League and survey all those that follow them will add to an excellent record at Anfield this season and see a comfortable Liverpool victory in the opening match of the 17th round of Premier League football.

Liverpool v Cardiff Betting Odds:

Liverpool to win – 1.20

Draw – 6.80

Cardiff to win – 14.50

Odds provided by GR88.com are current as of today but subject to change.

The run up to this match has been dominated by news coming from both of these clubs and the noises emanating from Anfield have beautiful to the ears of the Liverpool faithful while, only months after sealing promotion to the Premier League, Cardiff City fans must be wondering what is going on behind the scenes at their club.

The good news for the home side is that Premier League top scorer with 17 goals in Luis Suarez (he scored 23 last season and we’re not even halfway yet!) has committed to a new long term contract that will make him the highest paid player in the club’s history. He will surely be out to celebrate this new contract with another bagful of goals this weekend to claim all three points for his team and with his rampant form so far this season I am surprised that Liverpool are not even shorter to beat Cardiff this weekend.

While it is celebrations and festive cheer at Anfield right now, the same cannot be said for the news reports coming from the Cardiff City Stadium. After removing head of recruitment at the club Iain Moody with a friend of his son, owner Vincent Tan has not endear himself with the fans or the football community at large by contacting boss Malky Mackay to resign as manager of the club or be fired. The pre-match press conference yesterday descended into farce as the assistant manager was sent out instead of Mackay, fuelling rumours that the Scotsman has already been given his marching orders at the club and that former Liverpool, Man City and Wales striker Craig Bellamy will be given the reins shortly.

This shambles of a situation is not going to help Cardiff City prepare for this match and as they have an away record of just one win in eight away Premier League games this season against a side that has won seven of eight at Anfield so far this match could see Cardiff ripped apart. The Welsh side have no goals in their last four away games, while Liverpool have scored 20 in their last five at home and I can see this Liverpool v Cardiff match being more of the same for both teams.

Back Liverpool to top the Premier League by beating Cardiff by at least three goals (Liverpool -2) this afternoon @ 1.88 in the GR88 Sportsbook! 

AntonyANTONY JORDAN (antonygr88) is an avid football and cricket fan who loves to play his favourite sports as much as write about them and bet on them.  Read his daily sports betting blog at GR88.com.

Manchester United Manager Moyes Can See Off Threat of Former Club Everton

Everton's Romelu Lukaku (left) scored a hat-trick on his last visit to Old Trafford

Everton’s Romelu Lukaku (left) scored a hat-trick on his last visit to Old Trafford

Before I start, I’d like everyone to know that only the other day I picked more than 2.5 goals in both the Manchester City v. Swansea and Hull v. Liverpool games, Sporting Lisbon and Rubin Kazan to win, and a draw in the Tottenham v. Manchester United match. Fifty whole dollars richer, I think I know a thing or two about sports betting. I’d have recommended you bet on those games, but giving tips for games that have already been played isn’t allowed. Onwards and upwards. Well, onwards, anyway.

Manchester United v Everton

David Moyes never beat Manchester United while manager of Everton, but that doesn’t matter because now he manages Manchester United. Robin van Persie should be the difference at Old Trafford, with six goals and five assists in 10 starts against the Toffees, though he is not a certainty to start. It should be a close match: Romelu Lukaku is an obvious threat, scoring a hat-trick in his last game against Manchester United, and Everton have a good away record under Roberto Martinez. Having completed a short appraisal of Everton’s credentials, United’s home record against the boys formerly known as David Moyes’ boys – no defeats in their last 20 games – points towards an almost inevitable result. United win.

Manchester United v Everton Betting Odds
Manchester United to win – 1.67
Draw – 3.75
Everton to win – 4.75
Quoted odds are posted by Intertops Sportsbook as of today.

Liverpool v Norwich City

Liverpool are odds on to beat Norwich at Anfield, but then it’s going to take a few more games in the league/seasons of Being Liverpool before we all figure out whether we’re looking at the Liverpool of 2011, or the Liverpool of a few weeks ago when they were good. Fail to beat Norwich, and we shouldn’t worry about the sky falling in – this is Liverpool, after all. They’ve conceded six in their last two games to Everton and Hull, but Brendan Rodgers’ men have a strong defensive record at home and most would expect Luis “Seven in Three Matches Against Norwich” Suarez to find the net, especially against opposition who can’t score goals, but are good at letting them in. Liverpool win.

Betting Instinct Tip: Liverpool to win and keep a clean sheet is 2.10 with GEObet.com

Max avatarMAX GRIEVE is Australian, but keep reading. He likes football, rugby union and tennis, though has given up on his dream of being a tri-sport athlete/exciting millionaire. He supports Liverpool, and is ashamed for doing so.