It is the month of May so the decisive phase in the Premier League has arrived. The title has been long and wide, but the battle for the Champions League tickets is in full swing. Sunday at 5:30 PM the top clubs Chelsea and Liverpool face each other to decide who will qualify for the champion ball.
People live in a dream these days in Liverpool. The club that finished eighth in the Premier League in the 2015/2016 season and as a result, alongside European football, has a chance to win the Champions League title on 26 May. With Mohammed Salah, the team has one of the best football players in the world in his selection. The attacker can provide unprecedented good figures and does not seem to stop. With 31 goals in 34 matches, he is in blood form to meet his old club. Stately defenders such as Tim Cahill and Antonio Rüdiger do not appear to be a match for the Egyptian class in advance.
The success of Liverpool cannot only be attributed to Salah. Coach Jürgen Klopp gives his men confidence and they pay him back with the same coin. They go over corpses, do not shy away from physical duels and are mentally strong. The defender Virgil van Dijk is an important link in this whole. Before coming to Anfield, the team received no fewer than 28 goals in 23 games, an average of 1.21 goals per game. Since the Dutchman made his league debut for The Reds on January 22, this has fallen to 0.75 goal per game. Van Dijk is a master in aerial duels and the most expensive defender in the world (84.5 million euros) is very strong; he moves the game from the defense simple but direct. A modern soccer player with an old-fashioned drive.
For Chelsea it is a season to be forgotten quickly. The team plays without inspiration and rarely manages to escape mediocrity. After the turn of the year, the team did not win from any top club. Van Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspurs were lost and The Blues played a draw against Arsenal. The pressure is enormous because missing the Champions League will cost trainer Antonio Conte the head. Liverpool has to be won, but after such a season the belief in a happy ending is small.
Liverpool wins with 0-1 11.00
Total goals for Chelsea under 0.5 4.50
Mohamed Salah scores the first goal 5.00
Liverpool wins 0-1 11.25
Total goals for Chelsea under 0.5 4.45
Mohamed Salah scores the first goal 5.25
Liverpool wins 0-1 10.50
Total goals for Chelsea under 0.5 4.25