Liverpool v Chelsea Betting Tips
There is no question that the most exciting game of the Premier League weekend takes place at Anfield early on Saturday evening.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool continued their quality home form with last weekend’s comfortable win over Southampton but face one of their toughest tests of the season when Chelsea visit Anfield.
The Blues have improved of late as Antonio Conte has made tweaks to his formation to free up Cesc Fabregas while the partnership between Alvaro Morata and Eden Hazards has the potential to fire Chelsea back into the title hunt.
Two Odd Rivals to Share the Spoils
Rivalries in English football originally sprung up due to geographical proximity. Liverpool and Everton fought for supremacy on Merseyside while Chelsea’s fans historically enjoyed little more than a win over a fellow London club.
In more recent years, however, Liverpool and Chelsea have developed a fierce rivalry of their own.
The tensions first bubbled to the surface when the two teams were in direct competition in the latter stages of the Champions League. The personal animosity between Rafa Benitez and Jose Mourinho added fuel to the fire while Chelsea fans take particular relish that Steven Gerrard’s famous title-costing slip came against them.
Chelsea have had the better of the rivalry in terms of trophies since Roman Abramovic took over at Stamford Bridge but it’s Liverpool who edges the recent head to head battle.
Klopp’s side is unbeaten in five contests against Chelsea and are the narrow favourites to get the three points on Saturday.
Their awesome performance against Southampton certainly gives Chelsea plenty to think about but the Blues were equally impressive in their own way when putting West Brom to the sword last weekend.
This is a game that both teams would love to win but one in which they may both have to settle for a point.
Both sides are capable of some quality football but equally, they’ve both thrown in some shocking performances this season. We don’t think Saturday’s performances will be too close to either extreme and recommend backing the a score draw.
So, take the 18/5 that BetVictor are quoting on both teams scoring and the match ending in a draw.
For an even bigger win on a score draw, the 2-2 correct score could be well worth a play at a best price of 53/4 with 10Bet.
Tensions to Run High On and Off the Pitch
In terms of recent meetings between Liverpool and Chelsea, there is relatively little on the line on Saturday. It’s still early in the season and Man City’s form must fall off a cliff before we start taking other potential champions too seriously.
Whatever bad decisions you've made, Reds, they'll never have been as bad as Chelsea selling Mo Salah because he wasn't good enough! ? pic.twitter.com/hX0hWAr3y8
Whatever bad decisions you've made, Reds, they'll never have been as bad as Chelsea selling Mo Salah because he wasn't good enough! ? pic.twitter.com/hX0hWAr3y8— Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) November 9, 2017
Still, you can be sure that the atmosphere will be buzzing come kickoff. The home and away fans will be expecting top levels of commitment from their players and the tasty tackles could start nice and early.
Taking a dispassionate view of what is sure to be a passionate encounter can provide you with profit by betting on players to be booked.
Cesc Fabregas has been liberated from much of the defensive work he struggled with in the earlier part of the season but he’ll still need to put in a tackle or two at Anfield. That’s not his strength so back him to be booked at 12/5 with Unibet.
It’s also worth betting on Joe Gomez to be booked a 12/5 with 888Sport as the young England defender will surely find himself snapping at the heels of Morata and Hazard at times during the game.
Salah to Haunt His Old Club
When Mo Salah arrived at Liverpool the mood was more of hope than expectation. He’d played some very good football at Roma but his time at Chelsea left questions about whether he could be a success in the Premier League.
Nine league goals have answered those questions. Salah’s pace and ability with the ball at his feet will frighten the Chelsea defence and he should be able to score against his old team at 7/4 with Marathonbet.
Top Betting Offers
Match result draw and both teams to score at 18/5 with BetVictor
2-2 correct score at 53/4 with 10Bet
Cesc Fabregas to be booked at 12/5 with Unibet
Joe Gomez to be booked at 12/5 with 888Sport
Mo Salah to score at 7/4 with Marathonbet