Chelsea will travel to Anfield to face Liverpool this weekend and former Liverpool striker Michael Owen believes the Blues will lose at Anfield.
According to Owen, Chelsea will lose at Anfield this weekend because Liverpool will be well rested.
Liverpool beat Porto in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final at Anfield on Tuesday night while Chelsea travel to Czech Republic to play Slavia on Thursday before travelling again to Anfield on Sunday.
Owen believes the lack of time to prepare for the Liverpool game means Chelsea will be at a disadvantage this weekend.
“Liverpool take a two-goal lead to Porto on Wednesday and I feel they can maintain their title challenge against Chelsea even though the Blues have such an excellent recent record at Anfield – unbeaten in their last six in the Premier League and 2-1 winners in the League Cup earlier in the season,” Owen told Bet Victor.
“Chelsea are in Europa League action in Prague on Thursday having comfortably disposed of West Ham on Monday night courtesy of another Eden Hazard masterclass.
“Liverpool will have an extra 48-hours to prepare for the game and I expect to see the Reds – unbeaten in their last 37 PL games at Anfield – keep the points.”
Owen also predicted a 1-1 draw for Chelsea’s Europa League game against Slavia Prague.
He said: “Slavia Prague have scored 10 times in their last two games in domestic football, but they are likely to find Chelsea a different proposition.
“This is a big week for the Blues who travel to Anfield on Sunday in the Premier League and they had Eden Hazard to thank for three points against West Ham on Monday following a virtuoso performance from the Belgian magician.
“Slavia produced the shock of the round in the last 16 when they eliminated Spanish giants Sevilla 6-5 on aggregate courtesy of a 119th minute winner. They clearly have goals in their ranks, but I expect Maurizio Sarri’s side to get a draw and score an important away goal.”