Chelsea and Liverpool both have high hopes from this season. The Blues have many new players and are pretty young, but nevertheless hope to put their hands on at least one trophy. Meanwhile, the Reds want to win them all. They did snap the Premiership last year, but now they want more, especially after a shocking exit in the Champions League, once they lost at Anfield against Atletico Madrid.
Chelsea (+225) comes in this match without several of their signings. Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell are questionable, but they both probably won’t play, because Lampard doesn’t want to risk anything early on. Ziyech is definitely out because of his knee, which is a significant handicap for the hosts. Still, they have Timo Werner to lead the attack and Tammy Abraham beside him.
The Blues were solid in Brighton, beating Hove and Albion 1-3, and even though there were some small mistakes along the way, Chelsea played well. Jorginho scored from the penalty, Zuma added his name to the scoresheet, while Reece James delivered arguably the best goal of the round.
This was the fourth straight game in which Lapmard’s boys appeared that ended with both sides to score.
Liverpool (-195) had a wild season-opening against Leeds untied at home, which eventually ended with seven goals, and the Reds’ 4-3 victory. We saw everything in that contest, but what was a bit interesting, Virgil Van Dijk made a massive mistake, and overall, Liverpool’s defense wasn’t looking that good at all.
Meanwhile, their attack with Mohamed Salah in charge looked perfect. The Egyptian recorded a hat-trick, indicating that he might be on his way to repeating a fantastic achievement from three seasons ago once he dominated continental football.
In the previous 11 matches, the English champs had just one in which they didn’t allow a goal, and that was vs. Stuttgart, 3-0 in a recent friendly game. Of course, they scored in all of those games.
As we said, Chilwell, Ziyech, and very likely Thiago Silva are out, while Christian Pulisic’s appearance will be a game-time decision.
Xherdan Shaqiri is questionable due to his muscle injury, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is definitely out until early October, at least.
Head to Head Matches
The last match between these two sides finished 5-3 for Liverpool, during the post-COVID part of the season. Previously, these two sides played three more times, with Liverpool winning two games and Chelsea one. The Reds were better in Istanbul at the UEFA Super Cup after penalties, then they won at Stamford Bridge, 1-2, before losing in FA Cup 2-0 at the same venue.
This promises to be an interesting and entertaining clash, with lots of goals. After all, both these teams have unreal attacking potential and players who can score whenever without any problems. On the other side, the respective defenses are not that reliable in recent times, and the logical conclusion here is to bet on a high number of goals.
Over 1.5 HT is the first recommendation at +140, which is a great bargain. If you want a safe bet, go with over 2.5 full time, at -180.
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