Liverpool v Chelsea Betting Tips & Predictions - Wednesday 14th August 2019

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Wednesday 14 August 2019
League/Cup:
UEFA Super Cup

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Previous Match Tips

Liverpool have been unrelenting in their pursuit for a first Premier League trophy, refusing to buckle under the weight of an intense title chase. They have yet another hurdle to overcome this weekend but as tough as the challenge looks, what Jurgen Klopp's men have in quality they also have in belief. Chelsea famously derailed their title push in 2014, almost exactly five years ago, but this Liverpool team looks far more resilient than any we've seen before.

As important as this test is for the Reds, it's also of huge significance to a Chelsea side in the midst of a gruelling top four battle. Two spots remain up for grabs but with four teams gunning for them, two big clubs are going to end up disappointed. While this weekend's result won't decide Chelsea's fate, victory for them would strengthen their position massively but no side has managed to win at Anfield in the league this term, which shows just what a test this will be.

Top Tips

Liverpool to win @ 3/5

Liverpool 1-0 @ 7/1

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Liverpool News: Oxlade-Chamberlain closes in on comeback

Kop End at Liverpool's Anfield Football Stadium
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A long-awaited return for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looks right around the corner now. Fully recovered from the major knee injury sustained last April, the explosive midfielder has been attempting to build up his fitness during the past few weeks. He suffered a minor setback for the U23s against Derby in March but completed a full hour without issue against Bury on Tuesday. Adam Lallana meanwhile is also on the cusp of return with Klopp describing the problem that ruled him out in midweek as “only a little thing”.

Reds Riding Luck

Liverpool have certainly enjoyed some good fortune over the course of this season. Late goals aren’t always lucky and, in fact, are what all the best sides consistently produce. However, Liverpool’s winners against Everton and more recently Spurs were the results of almost inexplicable goalkeeping errors. Spurs missed a host of chances in that game too, and the Reds have also enjoyed several favourable offside decisions this term.

Luck is part and parcel of football though and there may well be a feeling among Liverpool players, staff and especially the fans that maybe, just maybe, all this good fortune means that this is going to be their year. This will only help their belief and if they can get through this, their last obviously tough game, the title just might be heading to Anfield after all these years.

Chelsea News: Sarri explains Drinkwater absence

West Stand at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge Football Stadium
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The long forgotten Danny Drinkwater made a rare appearance in the media spotlight earlier in the week as he was charged with drink drinking. With football fans reminded about the midfielders’ existence, Maurizio Sarri sought to clarify why he’s not been handed an opportunity this season. Shortly after his arrival, the Italian manager told the former Leicester player that he did not suit his system but Drinkwater was nevertheless happy to stick around. Content enough to see out his lucrative contract, his transfer to Chelsea is beginning to have shades of Winston Bogarde.

Club taking action following ‘bomber’ video

A group of Chelsea fans engaging in a derogatory chant aimed at Mohamed Salah has rather soured the pre-game build-up for this match. Liverpool branded the chants as “vile” as well as “dangerous and disturbing” while Chelsea responded by stating they would take the strongest action against those involved. Three fans identified in the video were prevented from entering the Slavia Prague stadium on Thursday night but further punishment is set to follow. During a period of racism in football being a hot button issue, this is an ugly reminder that there’s still plenty work to do. This is sure to add a little more fuel to this particular rivalry, especially with Salah a former Chelsea player.

Analysis: Reds showing they can win ugly

It’s sometimes said that a sign of a championship winning side is the ability to grind out a win on a bad day and that’s exactly what Liverpool have been doing of recently. They needed late goals to see off Fulham, Tottenham and Southampton while a 2-0 win flattered them a little against Porto in midweek. Some may call them lucky but when a club is able to pull through repeatedly, then you have to think there’s something more to it.

Liverpool to extend winning streak

You don’t need to be overly impressed by Liverpool to still back them for the win (3/5) this weekend. Klopp has instilled such belief into his players and their never say die attitude is what could well make the difference. They’ve not lost a test at Anfield since last September, making the 54,074 seater ground an absolute fortress.

Visiting sides have rarely enjoyed coming to Merseyside - at least the Red half of it! - and Chelsea don’t look like being an exception due to their uninspiring away form. Sarri's men have laboured to wins against lowly Fulham and Cardiff as well as suffering a 2-0 loss to Everton. Their league away record against the top six is no better, currently reading played three, lost three and -10 in goal difference.

Chelsea too light up top

Eden Hazard gave us another reminder of his brilliance on Monday night as he weaved through the West Ham defence before tucking the ball home. As sensational as the Belgian can be, he's the only man likely to give the Liverpool much to think about here.

Olivier Giroud and Gonzalo Higuain have managed just five Premier League goals between them while the promising Callum Hudson-Odoi remains an unfinished product. Liverpool's defence, which is back to full strength, has let in just 20 goals this season, the best record in the Premier League. There's a strong chance of them keeping yet another clean sheet here so a 1-0 win (7/1) is something worthy of a punt.

Recent Matches

We're tipping this game to be short on goals, something that is consistent with recent league meetings between these two. Each of their most recent four league clashes has seen under 2.5 strikes, on three occasions ending up as a 1-1 draw. Although this may slightly concern the neutral viewer, what Liverpool fans will be far more worried about is that their side haven’t beaten Chelsea at Anfield since 2012. Of course, records are there to be broken and we think the hosts can end that hoodoo this weekend.

29th September 2018: Chelsea 1 – 1 Liverpool

It was a goal worthy of winning any match but Daniel Sturridge’s strike only rescued a point for Liverpool. Eden Hazard's low shot had put Chelsea on course for victory but late drama was to follow at Stamford Bridge. A couple of minutes after coming off the bench, former Blue Sturridge unleashed an incredible strike over Kepa from 25 yards out. With that goal he became Liverpool’s second highest scoring substitute of all time and also preserved the Reds’ unbeaten start to the season.

26th September 2018: Liverpool 1 – 2 Chelsea

The highlight clash of the EFL Cup’s third round didn’t disappoint as it saw two good quality sides battle it out for the full 90 minutes. Daniel Sturridge continued his excellent scoring record in the competition, netting his 11th goal in 11 appearances, but the Englishman was also guilty of missing a sitter earlier on. Chelsea’s striker Alvaro Morata spurned some big opportunities too but fortunately teammates Emerson and Eden Hazard were on hand to bail the Spaniard out.

6th May 2018: Chelsea 1 – 0 Liverpool

Chelsea kept their slim hopes of finishing in the top four alive with this victory at home to Liverpool. The visitors started the more brightly but the Blues asserted their authority when former Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud struck just after the half hour mark. Liverpool now sat just three points ahead of Chelsea having played a match extra but any fears of slipping down the table were allayed when the Londoners drew to Huddersfield days later, effectively ending their Champions League hopes.

25th November 2017: Liverpool 1 – 1 Chelsea

A sensational Mohamed Salah terrorised his former club who were surely regretting their decision to let him go. The Egyptian claimed yet another man of the match award and was also responsible for scoring the first goal of the game. His strike proved not to be enough though as with five minutes to go Willian found an equaliser. Klopp fumed at the goal as he was denied the chance to make a substitution moments earlier.

31st January 2017: Liverpool 1 – 1 Chelsea

Diego Costa squandered the chance to clinch all three points away at Anfield as he saw his penalty saved by oft-maligned Liverpool keeper Mignolet. The stop was a reprieve for the Belgian stopped, who had been caught out by David Luiz’s free-kick in the first half. Both managers drew plenty of positives from the game especially Jurgen Klopp, who was able to put an end to a three match losing run at home.

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