Tom Love (@TomLove_18) previews Liverpool vs Chelsea and provides us with his best bets for Wednesday's EFL cup clash by analysing team news, potential line ups, head to head, key stats, facts and more.
Liverpool v Chelsea Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 26/09/18
- Time: 19:45pm
- Venue: Anfield
- Channel: SkySports Football
Two unbeaten sides lock horns at Anfield but it could be a case of two heavily rotated sides putting their wits against each other. Both sets of management staff have come out and said that they will tinker with line-ups on Wednesday night but that shouldn't hamper the quality too much.
Chelsea have come under scrutiny in some parts for the vast amount of players they have out on loan, but Mauricio Sarri still has an array of options to choose from. There has been whispers that youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi will come into the fold after impressing Sarri since the Summer, he certainly is a talent and this competition could be key for his development.
Liverpool, on the other hand, could bring their own young English attacker in with Dominic Solanke likely to start up front with Daniel Sturridge. The Reds probably don't have the squad that Chelsea have and at odds on I'm not sure if they represent value.
Simon Mignolet will start in place of Allison between the sticks. Virgil Van Dijk is unlikely to be risked after picking up a minor knock, Dejan Lovren should come in. Alberto Moreno could start in place of Andy Robertson. Divock Origi and Adam Lallana are unlikely to feature. Daniel Sturridge and Dom Solanke are in line for a start.
Chelsea are also likely to make s few changes. Pedro, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Antonio Rudiger are all out for the blues. The likes of Gary Cahill, Victor Moses, David Zappacosta, Hudson-Odoi, Alvaro Morata and Ross Barkley could come into the side.
Potential Liverpool Starting XI: Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Fabinho, Henderson, Keita, Solanke, Shaqiri, Sturridge.
Potential Chelsea Starting XI: Caballero, Moses, Cahill, Christensen, Luiz, Zappacosta, Drinkwater, Fabregas, Barkley, Hudson-Odoi, Morata.
Head To Head
- These two sides have amassed 169 games against each other. Liverpool have won 71 of those, Chelsea 58 and 40 draws.
Stats & Facts
- These two sides have met more than any other English sides since the turn of the Millenium.
- The last four meetings between these two at Anfield have all ended 1-1.
- Liverpool have only beaten Chelsea twice in their last 14 attempts, they were both at Stamford Bridge.
- Liverpool – 9/10
- Draw – 31/10
- Chelsea – 16/5
Without being certain on team lineups this is quite a difficult game to find an angle on. Liverpool's home record in the last year or so means they're quite rightful favourites however I'd expect their firm attention is on the Champions League and Premier League. These two meet again at the weekend and focus will be on that.
Chelsea have the greater squad depth and I've been impressed with them just as much as I have with Liverpool this season. In the 90 minutes the value looks with the draw at 31/10, Chelsea have a strong record compared to most at Anfield. Another good omen for Sarri is the fact that the last eight Chelsea managers all avoided defeat in their opening League cup game.
It could also be worth a look at the 1-1 correct score given this has landed in Chelsea's last four trips to Anfield, that is best price 15/2 with BetVictor.