Chelsea v Liverpool Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 22/09/19
James Cormack (@jamescormack_) previews Chelsea v Liverpool and provides us with his best bets for this mouth-watering Super Sunday clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
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Chelsea v Liverpool Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 22/09/19
- Time: 16:30
- Venue: Stamford Bridge
- Channel: Sky Sports
Liverpool will be looking to extend their early lead at the top of the Premier League as they travel to Stamford Bridge to take on Frank Lampard’s Chelsea.
Manchester City’s slip up at Carrow Road last weekend means that last season’s runners-up now hold a five-point advantage over the Citizens.
Wins over; Norwich, Southampton, Arsenal, Burnley and Newcastle mean that Jurgen Klopp’s side have started the season with a 100% domestic record. Their first loss of the season came midweek in Naples. Goals from Dries Mertens and Fernando Llorente condemned the Reds to a 2-0 defeat and the worst possible start to the defence of their European crown.
Many predicted that Liverpool would falter this time out, unable to replicate the highs of last season with what is the same squad. The early indications would suggest: how wrong could you be?
The front-three are playing at an elite level, with Roberto Firmino enjoying a fine start to the season. Also, the likes of Fabinho, TAA and Andy Robertson are still performing like their some of the best players in Europe in their position.
However, questions will be asked of UEFA Player of the Year Virgil van Dijk after his error led to Napoli’s second goal on Wednesday and, of course, getting dribbled past Nicolas Pepe earlier in the season.
In year’s past, Chelsea away would’ve been a game where Liverpool fans would’ve settled for a point. However, with the standard of the top two at the moment, nothing but a win on Sunday will be a disappointment.
This Chelsea side looked to be developing into an exciting side over recent weeks; beating Wolves 5-2 last time out in the league. However, their momentum was halted midweek as they lost at home to a Valencia side that are in absolute disarray.
Despite picking up impressive wins at Molineux and Carrow Road this season, Frank Lampard’s side are yet to win at the Bridge, drawing against Leicester and Sheffield United.
However, there’s no doubt that a couple of gems have been discovered in West London this season thus far. Tammy Abraham, who had a tricky start to the campaign, now has seven PL goals after bagging a hat-trick at Molineux last weekend. Abraham along with Mason Mount, who earned his first England call-up during the most recent international break, have excelled under Lampard already. The likes of Fikayo Tomori, who started and scored last weekend, and Reece James, who’s been out injured, will also want to make an impression under their new boss.
Nevertheless, this one has the makings of an intriguing fixture.
Mason Mount faces a late fitness test after picking up an ankle injury midweek. Emerson is also a doubt but N’Golo Kante is back in contention for a start on Sunday.
For the away side, Divock Origi is likely to miss out due to a recurring ankle issue, whilst Alisson and Nathaniel Clyne remain out but are stepping up their recoveries.
Naby Keita should return to Klopp’s squad after returning to full training.
Potential Chelsea Starting XI: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Tomori, Christensen, Rudiger, Alonso; Kante, Kovacic; Willian, Barkley; Abraham.
Potential Liverpool Starting XI: Adrian; TAA, Van Dijk, Matip, Robertson; Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Henderson; Salah, Firmino, Mane.
Head To Head
- All-time: Chelsea-63, Draw-41, Liverpool-79.
- The Reds have lost just one of the previous nine PL encounters.
Key Stats & Facts
- Liverpool and Inter are the only two sides in Europe’s top five leagues to start the season with a 100% record.
- Chelsea have failed to win any of their opening three home games in all competitions for the first time since 1988-89 when they were a second-tier side.
- The Blues have conceded 11 league goals, with only Norwich (12) letting in more.
- Liverpool could become the first club to win their opening six games in consecutive top-flight seasons.
- Their perfect start to 2018-19 came to an end with a 1-1 draw at Chelsea last September.
- The Reds have been leading at both half-time and full-time in all five of their league games this term.
- Jurgen Klopp’s side are unbeaten in a Premier League club record 22 games (W18, D4).
- Chelsea 14/5
- Draw 139/50
- Liverpool 30/29
As I’ve said, this is a fixture that Liverpool fans will be expecting to win. Last season we saw the Blues scupper Liverpool’s perfect start to the season, drawing 1-1 at the Bridge, with Daniel Sturridge scoring an absolute peach to save a point for the travelling side. A lot has changed since then, mainly for the home side.
I only have one bet lined up for this one and it’s Liverpool to win with over 2.5 goals. I don’t like what I’ve seen from this Chelsea defence this season and I think they could be in for a tough afternoon against Europe’s premier front-three. At the other end, I’m backing VVD to nullify Tammy Abraham whilst Fabinho could single-handedly take Chelsea’s attacking-midfielders out of the game, maybe with a little help from the full-backs.
If Lampard opts for three at the back once more, then Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpiliceuta could become a real threat. Under Conte, Alonso thrived in his LWB role and this position is undoubtedly where he’s at his best. He could cause some problems for Liverpool on Sunday.
The stats would indicate that there should be goals in this one. Games involving Chelsea have produced 22 goals this season, a joint league-high, whilst Liverpool are the second-leading scorers in the league, scoring 15 from their opening five. It’ll be surprising if there aren’t at least three goals on Sunday.