Who will win the Premier League: Liverpool or Chelsea?


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The Premier League title race appears destined for a thrilling conclusion with Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City all in contention as the end of the season approaches.

But which of those teams will hold their nerve and see their names carved onto the Premier League trophy?

We asked our team of expert journalists to give us their predictions, and no one plumped for City. So that rules them out of the Eurosport equation.

With Manuel Pellegrini's men cast by the wayside, who has the edge, Liverpool or Chelsea?

As a reminder, here's how the table stands at present.

Alex Chick: Liverpool - @alex_eurosport

It’s galling enough for Manchester United fans to see their side so far moved from contention – even more so to see Liverpool taking the Alex Ferguson approach to winning a title: stay in contention until early spring, then mount a perfectly-timed charge to hit the front as your rivals stumble. Brendan Rodgers’ side are supposed to be free-scoring but flaky, yet it is Chelsea and Manchester City who have felt the pressure, dropping points against the likes of Crystal Palace and Sunderland. And with Liverpool's win over City came the realisation – not only do they have the best strikers, they might just have the best team. Liverpool will win the Premier League.

Tom Adams: Chelsea - @tomEurosport

Brendan Rodgers has never won a trophy in his managerial career; Manuel Pellegrini has one League Cup to show for 10 years of work in European football; Jose Mourinho has seven league titles, six domestic cups, one UEFA Cup and two Champions Leagues. It is not managers who decide matches per se – and Chelsea do have two legs of a semi-final against Atletico Madrid to serve as a notable distraction – but they certainly decide titles, and Mourinho’s record of getting teams over the line is formidable. Chelsea will beat Sunderland and Norwich at home as well as Cardiff away; if they also win at Anfield in the run-in's pivotal game on April 27 they will be champions. If there’s one manager who can call a halt to Liverpool, it’s Mourinho.

Desmond Kane: Liverpool

Before the Manchester City game, I felt this was Liverpool's season. Their performance in the 3-2 win just strengthened such a belief. It must said, there is something a bit special about Brendan Rodgers' side. Liverpool's fans have had to be patient. Winning the title would be celebrated as a victory for Rodgers’ coaching philosophy. It would be a victory for a captain in Steven Gerrard who has carried himself immensely in embodying what is good about the world game. Perhaps most poignantly in these days of remembrance, it would be a win for a club and city scarred by some dark times. A win and a timely tribute for the families of those 96 victims who perished at Sheffield's Hillsborough Stadium in the horrific 1989 FA Cup semi-final. Liverpool lifting the Premier League trophy would be a triumph for football.

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Liam Happe: Liverpool - @liamhappe

They would have to seriously cock it up from here if it isn’t to be their year. They welcome Chelsea to Anfield, but a draw there would be fine for Rodgers’ men, meaning Jose Mourinho’s counter-attacking masterclass at the Etihad may not even be on the table. A Norwich side they love to thump, a Crystal Palace team who should by matchday 37 be safe and then Alan Pardew’s hapless Newcastle arriving on Merseyside for the final day mean an emotional maiden Premier League title really is the Reds’ to lose – and they won’t.

Joshua Hayward: Liverpool - @JoshuaHayward99

Forget the superstition, forget the hysteria and, for the moment, just park aside the thought of how nice it would be for Steven Gerrard to finally lift the Premier League trophy. None of that matters. Liverpool will win the league simply because they are the best team in it. They’re currently experiencing a purple patch in which they have forgotten how to do anything else other than win football matches. And despite Jose Mourinho – the man who invented ‘the bus’ and how best to park it – taking his Chelsea side to Anfield in just over a week’s time, Liverpool will come through that test, and any others they’re sure to endure this season, to claim their first league title in 24 years.

Dan Quarrell: Chelsea - @Dan_Eurosport

Manchester City have five games remaining and all but one are against bottom-half sides. It is far from unrealistic to suggest that Manuel Pellegrini’s side will sweep through each of those games taking maximum points, but it might be too late now. The matches that will decide the title race in Chelsea's favour are their trip to Anfield, and Liverpool's visit to a resurgent Crystal Palace. Mourinho has the tools to do a real job at Liverpool, even if it is not pretty. Sport does not always provide an ending to honour great and deserving players such as Steven Gerrard and Liverpool could yet miss out in agonising fashion, despite the wonderful manner of their challenge. Mourinho could still have a big say in the destination of the title, and the pressure is all with Rodgers’s men.

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Sean Fay: Liverpool

Sometimes a team catches lightning in a bottle and that is the case with Liverpool this season. Manchester City and Chelsea might have stronger squads, but Liverpool's forward unit is purring with such irresistible and unstoppable force that they can claim their first title in 24 years. Their defence may be shaky but who cares if you concede two or three goals if you are scoring four or five at the same time? Daniel Sturridge's minor injury and Jordan Henderson's suspension are blows but as long as they have Luis Suarez they will be okay. They've too much power for Norwich, Palace and Newcastle meaning a draw against Chelsea should be enough.

Marcus Foley: Liverpool - @mmjfoley

When Jerzy Dudek made an incredible double save from AC Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko in extra time of their Champions League final in 2005, it felt as though Liverpool were destined to collect the trophy. Maybe Martin Skrtel’s blatant handball that went unpunished in the dying moments of the 3-2 win against Manchester City is the Dudek moment this time around, as there certainly seems to be sense of inevitability surrounding their charge toward the title. In addition, much must be said for Rodgers’ coaching prowess considering the once much-maligned Henderson’s three-game suspension is now considered a significant blow. Lucas Leiva should plug the Henderson-shaped gap, though.

Ben Snowball: Liverpool - @BenSnowball

Right now, somewhere in deepest Merseyside, you can bet blueprints are being drawn up for a statue of Brendan Rodgers. And why not? After all, Liverpool are on course for their first title in 24 years – shocking the more fancied Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal. Much will depend on referees turning a blind eye to Skrtel’s penchant for undressing his opponents in the penalty area – or booming the ball clear with a fist – but with Liverpool’s title rivals struggling for consistency, Gerrard will hoist the Premier League trophy into the Anfield sky on May 11. Should have stuck around, Mr Carragher…

Reda Maher: Chelsea - @Reda_Eurosport

As a keen believer in the application of fascist principles to football management, my money is on the authoritarian, charismatic leader driven by paranoia and loathing. Liverpool are comfortably the most exciting team to watch in Europe at the moment but – with one of the smallest squads in the top flight and a relatively inexperienced coach at this level – something has to give, particularly when one takes Jose Mourinho’s unquestionable track record into consideration. While there are plenty of twists and turns and potential kingmakers, much will come down to the match at Anfield, and how Mourinho’s supreme squad management skills are tested by an Atletico sandwich. Mou is a specialist in grinding out important victories, and I can see him doing it again.

Final total: Liverpool 7, Chelsea 3

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