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Key Stat: Liverpool’s last two domestic defeats have both been against Chelsea, in the league in May and in the Carabao Cup in mid-week.
Expert Verdict: Chelsea ended Liverpool’s winning start to the season to maintain their unbeaten record so far this season, and with home advantage and Eden Hazard in fine form they can make it back-to-back wins against Jurgen Klopp’s side at the weekend.
Chelsea vs Liverpool Prediction & Betting Tips
Chelsea Team News, Updates, and Facts
Chelsea Team News
Chelsea made eight changes from the draw with West Ham for the Carabao Cup match at Anfield, and having appeared from the bench in that game it seems likely Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante and David Luiz will be among those to return to action. Kepa Arrizabalaga will start in goal, but Pedro is a doubt as he fights to get over the shoulder injury he suffered in the win at PAOK. Antonio Rudiger is also expected to miss out with a groin injury, which could allow Gary Cahill to retain his place in defence, particularly given Andreas Christensen hobbled off in the Carabao Cup match.
Chelsea Key Players
Eden Hazard – Stepped off the bench to score the winner at Anfield last week, taking his tally to six goals in seven games so far this season.
Willian – Scored two in two but is now without a goal in the last two matches and faces competition from fit-again Pedro for his place.
Kepa Arrizabalaga – Replaced opposite number Alisson as the world’s most expensive goalkeeper in the summer and this is the sort of game in which he needs to live up to that.
Chelsea Team Form
Chelsea lost the Community Shield 2-0 to Manchester City but have bounced back superbly, winning all but one game – last weekend’s stalemate with West Ham – since. Their last home game saw Eden Hazard score a hat-trick in a 4-1 defeat of Cardiff – Willian scoring the other – before the Brazilian scored the only goal to down PAOK. Sunday’s 0-0 with West Ham ended their winning record, but Emerson and Hazard helped Chelsea come from behind to beat Liverpool in the Carabao Cup.
Chelsea Predicted Starting Line up
Expected Line up: 4-3-3
Chelsea likely XI
Defenders:Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen, David Luiz, Marcos Alonso
Midfielders:N Golo Kante, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic
Forwards:Willian, Alvaro Morata, Eden Hazard
Liverpool Team News, Updates, and Facts
Liverpool Team News
Liverpool also made eight changes for the Carabao Cup fixture between these two, including Fabinho making his debut in midfield and World Cup finalist Dejan Lovren returning from injury for his first start of the season. Long-term absentee Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is definitely out, while Divock Origi – who has not featured this season anyway – and Adam Lallana are both doubtful through injury. Virgil van Dijk was not risked in mid-week due to a rib injury but could return in defence, where he will partner one of Lovren, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez.
Liverpool Key Players
Mo Salah – While he is yet to get back to the prolific form he showed last season, he got back in the goals against Southampton with his third of the season.
Sadio Mane – Top scorer so far this season with four in eight appearances, and he will hope to get back to scoring after hitting a lean patch.
Roberto Firmino – His three goals this season have included the crucial second goals in wins against Leicester and Tottenham, and the 90th-minute winner at home to PSG.
Liverpool Team Form
After starting the season with seven consecutive wins, the defeat to Chelsea was Liverpool’s first since the Champions League final. Among their recent wins was the 2-1 victory at Wembley against Tottenham Hotspur, when Gini Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino scored, and Firmino then scored a 90th-minute winner at home to PSG after Daniel Sturridge and James Milner had earlier fired Liverpool into a two-goal lead. Last time out in the league, the Reds scored three first-half goals – an own goal, and one each for Joel Matip and Mo Salah – to beat Southampton 3-0, but the winning streak ended in the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea in the Carabao Cup in mid-week, despite Sturridge opening the scoring against his former team.
Liverpool Predicted Starting Line up
Expected Line up: 4-3-3
Liverpool likely XI
Defenders:Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, Andy Robertson
Midfielders:James Milner, Naby Keita, Giorgino Wijnaldum
Forwards:Sadio Mane, Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino
Chelsea vs Liverpool Head-to-Head Stats
Wednesday’s Carabao Cup match was the 180th meeting between the two teams, and Chelsea’s 63rd win in this fixture. Liverpool have won 77 and there have been 40 draws. Liverpool have not beaten Chelsea since September 2016, however – a 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge – with two 1-1 draws and two defeats since. Last season, Willian grabbed a late equaliser after Mo Salah’s opener in a draw at Anfield, before Olivier Giroud scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 Chelsea win at Stamford Bridge in May. In a run stretching back to the 2012 FA Cup Final, Liverpool have only won three of their last 17 matches against Chelsea (drawn seven, lost seven).
CFC vs LFC Betting Tips
While both sides made changes for the Carabao Cup match on Wednesday, Chelsea’s win means they return to Stamford Bridge with the momentum behind them – Liverpool’s winning start to the season having been halted.
Eden Hazard continued his fine form when he stepped off the bench to score a superb winner, while Jurgen Klopp was left fuming with the officials after suffering a first defeat since the Champions League final.
Both sides will now bring back their first-team regulars, but it is Chelsea who go into the game on the back of a long unbeaten run – they have won seven and drawn one of their last eight matches since losing the Community Shield to Manchester City.
Liverpool were on a seven-match winning run prior to the Carabao Cup defeat but the trip to Stamford Bridge was always likely to be a potential banana skin – particularly given the Reds’ poor recent record in this fixture.
Liverpool have beaten Chelsea just three times in the last 17 meetings, and have now lost the last two – at Stamford Bridge in the league in May, and on Wednesday in the Carabao Cup.
Indeed, those two losses mean Chelsea are the only English team to have beaten Liverpool since a loss to Manchester United in March.
Among the returning players will now be the world’s two most expensive goalkeepers, Kepa and Alisson, and it could come down to the two of them. Kepa has three clean sheets in his last four games.
Ultimately, while there is very little between the two teams, Chelsea’s home advantage, their win in the Carabao Cup, and their good recent record in this fixture means they can claim victory at Stamford Bridge.
Liverpool vs Chelsea Recommended bets with odds
A little surprisingly, Liverpool are favourites with the bookmakers – Bet365 and 10Bet offering a best price of 6/4 on the Reds to win. Chelsea, by contrast, are 19/10 with Betfair and 888sport.
You can also get 11/10 from Betfair and Paddy Power on Chelsea to win and draw no bet, but having only won three of the last 17 against the Blues, backing Liverpool would be a risk.
Both sides scored in the Carabao Cup in mid-week, and both teams to score again has been set at a best price of 4/7 with Betfair and 10Bet.
It came down to a single goal when Chelsea beat Liverpool at Stamford Bridge in May, however, and under 1.5 goals will return 15/4 with Betfair.
A Chelsea win to nil, meanwhile, has been priced at 9/2 with Bet365 and a Chelsea win and under 1.5 goals is as high as 11/1 with Ladbrokes.
Eden Hazard was Chelsea’s star man off the bench in the Carabao Cup win, and the Belgian – who leads their goalscoring charts so far this season – is 9/5 to score at any time with Betway.
Chelsea vs Liverpool Prediction
Chelsea enjoy a good recent record against Liverpool, including Wednesday’s Carabao Cup win at Anfield. The Blues can make it three consecutive wins against the Reds, but there is very little to choose between them.