Chelsea are valued as slight 6/5 favourites by Paddy Power to beat Liverpool as both sides look to keep themselves in touch with the fight for top spot, as the popular Irish firm announce they will refund bets if the game ends in a draw.
Liverpool have had a tough festive period but it doesn’t get any easier for The Reds as they travel to Stamford Bridge to face a Chelsea side eager to claim top spot for themselves.
The the return of Jose Mourinho, Chelsea have looked like genuine title challengers all season long and The Blues find themselves sitting just two points off the top in third place.
rotating his players around on Boxing Day, Mourinho is likely to turn to several of his more preferred stars to face Liverpool with the likes of Cesar Azpilicueta and Gary Cahill all returning to the starting line-up.
Frank Lampard will also make a return to the midfield as Brazilian midfielder Ramires will be unavailable for the big title clash as he is suspended after picking up five yellow cards this season.
Although Chelsea have struggled to beat Livepool at Stamford Bridge in recent years, The Blues will take solace in the fact that five out of their last seven wins at home against Liverpool have come under the watchful eyes of Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho will need to be at his tactical best though as Liverpool are a re-born side this season with Brendan Rogers having gotten his side into the title picture and they are just three points off the top as they lie in fourth place.
Rogers may be forced to experiment though for the trip to Stamford Bridge with several players unavailable for the clash including striker Victor Moses who is ineligible to play due to him being on loan from Chelsea.
Liverpool will also still be without several influential players such as Steven Gerrard, Daniel Sturridge and Jose Enrique who are all still injured and not slated to return until the New Year.
Despite these problems, Liverpool will no doubt still be able to cause some problems against Chelsea with The Reds having scored more goals than any other Premier League side in 2013 netting a staggering 83 times since January.
With this in mind, it means that Sunday’s late fixture is one that will provide plenty of excitement as both Chelsea and Liverpool fight to keep themselves firmly in the title picture.