Chelsea vs Liverpool betting tips: Premier League preview & predictions

Chelsea vs Liverpool prediction: Chelsea 2-2 Liverpool

Chelsea start the weekend in sixth place having picked up eight points from fifteen in their opening five matches of the new season.

Their opponents on Sunday, Liverpool, come into the match as the only team in the football league with a perfect start to their league season. They have picked up the maximum of fifteen points from their first five matches of the 2019/20 season.

Chelsea and Liverpool both come into this fixture on the back of a midweek defeat in the Champions League. The Pensioners lost to Valencia at Stamford Bridge, while the Reds lost at Napoli for the second season in a row.

The league leaders picked up four points from six against Chelsea last season. Manager, Jurgen Klopp, has only lost one of his eight Premier League matches against Chelsea since joining the club in October 2015.

Chelsea vs Liverpool: Who will win?

Mohamed Salah non celebration after Liverpool goal v Chelsea

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 25: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield on November 25, 2017 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Chelsea are undefeated in their last eleven home Premier League matches. They took all three points in Liverpool’s visit here back in May 2018. Can they repeat the feat once more? They are 5/2 to do so.

Five of the last nine meetings between these sides have ended in stalemate, including the UEFA Super Cup which was won on penalties by Liverpool in August. If you believe they will cancel each other out once more, you can find good odds of 11/4.

Liverpool have won each of their last fourteen Premier League matches, scoring at least two goals in each match. This sees them come into the match as favourite at evens. This despite them only winning one of the last seven head-to-heads between them.

Chelsea vs Liverpool: Who will score?

Tammy Abraham (pictured above) scored a hat-trick at the weekend, against Wolverhampton Wanderers. This took him to seven goals in his last three league matches, putting him top of the scoring charts. Abraham is 13/2 to grab the first goal on Sunday and 7/4 to score at any time.

Sadio Mané was the goalscoring hero for Liverpool in the Super Cup last month, as his brace of goals took the Reds into the penalty shoot, which they eventually won. Mané has six goals in the last six games before this match. The Senegal international is 6/5 to score again on Sunday, or 15/4 to grab the first goal of the match.

Mohamed Salah (pictured above) has five goals in ten appearances against Chelsea. However, his record for Liverpool is just two from six appearances in this fixture. This includes his memorable strike last season as he found the top corner from outside the box with his left foot. The Egyptian King is the 15/4 favourite to open the scoring here or 20/21 to score at any time.

Chelsea vs Liverpool: Match preview

It is rare these days to see a Liverpool side visit Stamford Bridge as favourites at evens to win the game.

Perhaps this is a function of Liverpool being seen as one of the top sides in Europe once more. Or due to Chelsea’s recent struggles with various managers, ultimately settling on the relatively inexperienced Frank Lampard.

Regardless of the reasons why, the UEFA Super Cup match between the two suggested there was little between the teams. Many would say Chelsea were the better side on the balance of play that day too.

The Blues have had some struggles defensively this season, with only Norwich conceding more goals than Chelsea so far this season, in the Premier League. As we can see in the graph above though, perhaps this is somewhat overstated.

The four goals conceded against Manchester United accounts for more than a third of those goals. Since then, the value of chances they are giving up is on the decline as the players adjust to the new manager’s system, as shown with the orange trend line above.

Goalscoring has also been a problem for Chelsea in this fixture, scoring just one goal in each of their last five matches against Liverpool, at Stamford Bridge. However, perhaps for the first time since Diego Costa left the club, they have a player you would bet on scoring every time he walks out for them, in Tammy Abraham.

Lampard also seems to have stumbled upon a formation that he likes to solve their midfield fragility, in the absence of Kanté. He has switched from a 433 or 4231 and has now settled on 3421 for the past few games.

Chelsea vs Liverpool: An eye on the visitors

Their air of invincibility around Liverpool this season came crashing down to earth with a 2-0 defeat at Napoli in midweek. Given the mental toughness Klopp’s side have displayed countless times, it is expected this will have a galvanising effect on them, shaking off any complacency and refocusing the team on their goals for the season.

In many ways, this may have been the perfect game to lose in that sense. Anything Liverpool got in Naples would be a bonus and a defeat will not likely impact on their qualification for the knockout stages.

Unlike dropping points in the league, where the margins for error are much smaller. They know this better than anyone having scored the 3rd highest points total in the history of the English top-flight and still came away with nothing to show for it but a pat on the back.

Liverpool’s main focus will be in having more control over their destiny here than in Istanbul. That night, they were dominated in midfield with Kanté an irresistible force of nature. They were caught too open and their line was picked off at will with through balls.

It wasn’t until the introduction of Firmino and Wijnaldum second half where Liverpool started to impose their will on Chelsea. The absence of Kanté in this match could very well be the difference maker on Sunday. Klopp would still need to select a midfield combination to take advantage of it and impose their will on their opponent.

Given that Gini Wijnaldum and Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain were rotated out in midweek, it is possible we see them feature in a more compact, press-resistant midfield at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea team news vs Liverpool

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 17: Francis Coquelin of Valencia fouls Mason Mount of Chelsea during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Chelsea FC and Valencia CF at Stamford Bridge on September 17, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

Chelsea could be without as many as eight players for their trip to Anfield.

N’Golo Kanté, Marco van Ginkel, Reece James and Ruben Loftus-Cheek will likely miss out at the weekend as they continue their recovery from injury.

Emerson Palmieri missed the matches against Wolves and Valencia last week after picking up an injury on international duty. While the injury isn’t as serious as first feared, no return date has been given for the Italian international.

Callum Hudson-Odoi is nearing a return after rupturing his Achilles’ tendon back in April. He featured for the under-23s on last Friday but is unlikely to be thrown into such a high intensity match.

Antonio Rudiger made his first start of the season against Wolves. However, he had to be replaced at half-time after aggravating a groin injury that he had been carrying for a couple of weeks. While they are still waiting a prognosis, he looks unlikely to be available for the weekend.

Mason Mount (pictured above) picked up an injury in the 1-0 loss against Valencia and needed to be replaced in the first half. However, the player stated to the media after the match that he is hopeful of being fit for Sunday.

Predicted Chelsea team vs Liverpool

Predicted Chelsea team vs Liverpool

Predicted Chelsea team vs Liverpool

Liverpool team news vs Chelsea

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 14: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Divock Origi of Liverpool with Emile Krafth of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Newcastle United at Anfield on September 14, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Liverpool suffered a poor result in Naples in midweek. However, they will take the positive of having no further injury concerns resulting from the match.

Alisson Becker and Nathaniel Clyne remain side-lined for Liverpool due to calf and knee injuries respectively.

Divock Origi (pictured above) limped out of last weekend’s win against Newcastle before half time with an ankle problem. The injury doesn’t appear too serious, but prevented him being involved in the trip to Naples. He is unlikely to be involved here once more.

Klopp confirmed pre-Napoli that Naby Keita would be returning to training during the week. He has been unavailable for the Reds since his participation in the African Cup of Nations in the summer with Guinea. However, Liverpool are unlikely to rush him back into action.

‘Big game Gini’, as he is known to the Liverpool fans, was rested for the midweek trip to Naples. He is expected to return to the starting XI here in place of James Milner.

Ox was also rested in midweek. Liverpool continue to manage his workload carefully after over a year out due to a knee injury. He may be an option to replace Henderson.

Predicted Liverpool team vs Chelsea

Predicted Liverpool team vs Chelsea

Predicted Liverpool team vs Chelsea

The latest tweets from Chelsea pre-Liverpool

https://twitter.com/ChelseaFC/status/1174793572530475014

The latest tweets from Liverpool pre-Chelsea

All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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Back Chelsea at 66/1 or Liverpool at 33/1!