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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Luis Suarez to fire Liverpool to second in the Premier League at WHL?

Suarez scores the first of four against Norwich.

Suarez scores the first of four against Norwich.

Liverpool travel to North London and White Hart Lane for this Spurs v Liverpool match leading their hosts by three points and two places in the Premier League table. Victory for the home team this afternoon will move Spurs ahead of Newcastle into sixth place but behind the visitors due to Liverpool having a much better goal difference, while a win for the team from the red side of Merseyside will see them move into second place in the league standings.

Liverpool certainly have the ability to outscore their hosts today as they have found the net on 34 occasions in their 15 Premier League matches this season, with Luis Suarez having 15 of those in the ten matches he has played following his suspension, while Tottenham have only found the net on 15 occasions in total all season long in their domestic campaign. Will the man who is likely to terrorise the English defence at the World Cup next summer be the difference between these two sides today?

GR88.com do not believe so as they favour the home win for the goal shy North Londoners and their Spurs v Liverpool match odds are as follows.

Spurs v Liverpool Betting Odds:

Tottenham Hotspur to win – 2.24

Draw – 3.15

Liverpool to win – 3.00

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

The hosts at White Hart Lane this afternoon have looked impressive against some weaker sides in their Europa League group as they claimed six wins in six matches to ensure top spot and a more favourable draw for the last 32 stage. However, they have not been so ruthless and efficient in the Premier League as they have managed to win just two of their last six matches, with both of these coming as 2-1 away wins at the bottom two sides in the table. While the six points were important Spurs will need to be much better against a side looking to go second than coming from behind against Sunderland and Fulham if they are to win today. They have only beaten Hull City in five at home and have scored just four goals in these five matches, so will they be able to improve and see off the threat of Suarez?

Liverpool have not looked great on the road this season as they have failed to win any of their last four away games and have only secured all three points against Aston Villa and Sunderland away from Anfield so far. However, in Luis Suarez have a goal scorer that has found the net on 15 occasions this season, including three braces as well as a hat-trick against West Brom and four against Norwich, and when you have one player with as many goals as your opponents have all season you have to believe that you stand a great chance at winning your match against them, despite having a poor away record leading up to the game.

I certainly feel that Liverpool deserve to be closer to Spurs in the outright market for this match today and that Suarez will be the difference between the two sides. However, Liverpool do not perform well in this section of North London as they have been beaten in each of their last six matches at White Hart Lane since May 2008. Like I have already stated, Suarez and his prolific goal scoring record this season will be the one thing that separates these two sides and as a result of this I cannot see anything but a Suarez led victory for the visitors today.

Back Liverpool to beat Spurs at White Hart Lane this afternoon @ 3.00 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.