Chelsea v Liverpool Betting Tips
English football is full of intense rivalries. Many of them are based on geographical proximity but you don’t need to be close to another club to develop ill feeling towards them.
Just look at Chelsea and Liverpool. They’re separated by hundreds of miles and both have fierce rivalries with nearby clubs. And yet the level of feeling between the clubs is incredibly hostile.
The rivalry began after Chelsea’s fortunes were (quite literally) changed by Roman Abramovic. His millions transformed the Blues and allowed them to compete for major honours both domestically and in Europe.
That meant they competed regularly against Liverpool in huge matches but it wasn’t just familiarity that bred contempt. It was the nature of the games, many of which contained hugely controversial incidents.
Fans still talk about Liverpool’s ‘ghost goal’ in the 2005 Champions League semi-final, the Frank Lampard tackle that broke Xabi Alonso’s ankle, the personal rivalry between Rafa Benitez and Jose Mourinho and Steven Gerrard’s fateful slip.
Liverpool’s improvement under Jurgen Klopp should ensure even more classic encounters with Chelsea and all neutrals will hope for a typically combative match when the two meet at Anfield on Sunday.
Liverpool’s Goalscoring Power to Keep Chelsea on Their Toes
Jurgen Klopp has breathed new life into Liverpool. The fans love his patented “heavy metal football” style and it’s clearly working as their remarkable progress through the Champions League proves.
The Reds’ ability to outscore any opponent makes them incredibly dangerous in cup competitions but there are those who believe it’s going to take a slightly more subtle approach before Liverpool will be serious contenders to win the Premier League title.
While Liverpool are moving steadily upwards, Chelsea continue to lurch between incredible success and worrying failure.
Antonio Conte was the talk of world football for the way he guided Chelsea to the Premier League title in his first season in English football but, like so many managers before him, he’s fallen out with the hierarchy at Stamford Bridge.
The Italian wants to at least go out on a high so he’ll do all he can to ensure Chelsea are in good form ahead of the FA Cup final against Man Utd.
Backed by a full house at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea are confident of a win against Liverpool but they’ve had defensive issues this season which Liverpool can take full advantage of.
Three of the last four meetings between Chelsea and Liverpool have ended in a draw and we think it’ll be another stalemate on Sunday. Look for a little more value though and take the $4.33 that Bet365 are quoting on the draw and both teams to score.
Expect Goals as Both Teams Push for Supremacy
Liverpool will have their fair share of tired players when they arrive in West London. The Reds put in a shift against Roma in midweek and travelling always has an impact on top level athletes.
Chelsea should strengthen as the game wears on but Liverpool are always a threat on the counter. So, have a bet on the second half having more goals than the first at $2.00 with PointsBet.
A bet on over 3.5 goals should also pay out at $3.00 with Centrebet.
Salah to Hurt Another Former Club
Roma were made to regret their decision to sell Mohamed Salah to Liverpool given his goalscoring exploits this season. The Italian club aren’t the only ones to let Salah slip through their fingers though.
Salah failed to make much of an impact at Chelsea and, while Jose Mourinho claims he had nothing to do with his sale, the fact remains that the Blues shipped him out quickly. Salah can show Chelsea just what a mistake they made by scoring the first goal at Stamford Bridge at $5.00 with Unibet.
Top Betting Tips
The draw and both teams to score at $4.33 with Bet365
Second half to have more goals than the first at $2.00 with PointsBet
Over 3.5 goals at $3.00 with BetEasy