Soccer bettors see Chelsea home win streak end
Hey, streaks are made to be broken right? Well a long streak ended yesterday, as Liverpool beat Chelsea 1-0 yesterday ending Chelsea’s 86-match home-unbeaten streak.
Not only did the win end the streak, but it also propelled Liverpool into first place in the Premier League. The match also marked Chelsea's first defeat under new head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari.
Chelsea had not been beaten on their home pitch since Arsenal's 2-1 win back in February 2004, but Liverpool deserved the win with an impressive display of soccer. Bet on your favorite Premiership teams each week and get the latest EPL odds.
Liverpool scored on their first attack of the match. Chelsea could not clear a nice back header from Dirk Kuyt and the ball ended up on the foot of Xabi Alonso on the edge of the penalty box. He fired a shot that deflected off Chelsea defender Bosingwa and tickled the back of the twine to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.
The rest of the first half saw several more chances from Liverpool, but few from Chelsea. In the second half, there were more chances to score from Chelsea and they had golden opportunity to even the match off in the 73rd minute on a Frank Lampard cross, which was taken by Franco Di Santo, who headed a ball to Joe Cole.
But a Liverpool defender stepped in at the last second to thwart the attack.
In looking at the match stats, Chelsea had the advantage in time of possession (60% to 40%), shots on goal (17 to 11), and corner kicks (4 to 2).
The top 5 teams in the Premier League and their point totals for the year are Liverpool (23), Chelsea (20), Hull (20), Arsenal (19), and Aston Villa (17). Manchester United sits in 6th place, with 15 points, after a 1-1 draw at Everton on Saturday afternoon.
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