These two teams played one another this Wednesday in the English League Cup. The game was played at the Anfield, but the visiting team won 2:1. This Saturday, Chelsea are the hosts at the Stamford Bridge, where Liverpool will try to make their 7th win in a row in the Premier League. Can they really do it? Find out in this Chelsea vs Liverpool match preview!
After six rounds of the Premier League, Chelsea have 16 points, which puts them on the third spot on the table. They have only two points less than their next opponent and if they win on Saturday, they could become new table leaders. Of course, for that to happen, beating Liverpool wouldn’t be enough – Man City would also need not to beat Brighton and such scenario doesn’t seem too likely. Nevertheless, getting one over their rivals is definitely what motivates the Blues ahead of this game.
And what gives them confidence is the fact that they managed to beat Liverpool at the Anfield last Wednesday. The goals for Chelsea were scored by Emerson and Eden Hazard, who has been fantastic this season. In fact, not only he’s been the best Chelsea player so far, he’s been one of the best players on the whole planet in the last couple of months. This guy has scored five goals in the Premier League already this season, which makes him share the first place on the top scorer list with Fulham’s Mitrovic.
Apart from having in-form Hazard in the team, Chelsea have another advantage over Liverpool. They play the Saturday’s match at the Stamford Bridge, the venue where they won every time this season in the Premier League. Actually, the Blues have always been great at home. For instance, they won 11 out of possible 19 home matches in 2017/2018.
Chelsea might be good at home, but Liverpool are great on the road, especially this season. Actually, they won every single away game (not counting friendlies) in all competitions since early May. But, that’s when they lost to Chelsea at the Stamford Bridge. Speaking of their duels with Chelsea, Liverpool are without a win since 2016, which is the last time when they scored more than one goal against the Blues.
But, the Reds are coming into this game as slight favorites. At least, according to the bookies. The reason is that they’ve been playing sensationally since the 2018/2019 season has started. They have won every single game in the Premier League and despite the loss to Chelsea in the League Cup, they did play well in that match.
Actually, the reason why they lost is that they didn’t play with their best XI in that game. Salah and Firmino did come in from the bench, but their best defenders, Van Dijk, Gomez, Alexander-Armstrong, and Robertson did not feature in that game. On top of that, their regular goalie, Alisson, also stayed on the bench.
- Ruben Loftus-Cheek (doubtful)
- Pedro (doubtful)
- Antonio Rudiger (doubtful)
- Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (injury)
- Divock Origi (injury)
- Adam Lallana (doubtful)
Kepa – Luiz, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Alonso – Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic – Hazard, Willian, Giroud
Alisson – Van Dijk, Gomez, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson – Henderson, Milner, Keita – Salah, Mane, Firmino
Chelsea vs Liverpool Match Prediction
Although both sides are famous for their attacking prowess, I don’t think we will see too many goals on Saturday. The reason is that both sides are fantastic in defense, with midfielders capable to taking care of many defensive tasks. Plus, the experience has shown that in the duels between these two teams, Under 2.5 Goals is the most sensible betting tip.
Chelsea vs Liverpool Betting Tips
- Under 2.5 Goals @2.32 (1XBet)
- Draw @2.50 (bet365)
- Correct Score 1:1 @7.25 (Bwin)