Chelsea v Liverpool Betting Tips & Predictions - Sunday 22nd September 2019

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After suffering a humbling defeat on his Premier League debut as a manager, Frank Lampard will be hoping for much better things in Wednesday’s UEFA Super Cup. Everything went wrong for the Englishman during the 4-0 loss at Old Trafford but an early piece of silverware would help brush that poor showing under the carpet.

As for Jurgen Klopp, the German has given every indication that he is as desperate to win this game as his Chelsea counterpart is. He called on his players to “stay greedy” in their pursuit of silverware while also calling the match “a big one”. It promises to be a full-bloodied affair as a result, during what is the first ever all-English Super Cup.

Top Tips

Liverpool to win -1 goal @ 6/4

Salah to score any time @ 5/6

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Liverpool News: Alisson ruled out

Kop End at Liverpool's Anfield Football Stadium
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Liverpool marked their Premier League campaign with a comfortable 4-1 win over Norwich but the three points came at a price. Injury forced Brazilian shot stopper Allison off in the first half and the problem is considered to be a serious one. Klopp has already ruled his number one goalkeeper out for this game and initial estimates state he will be out for another four weeks minimum. Now down to just one recognised goalkeeper, Liverpool are exploring the option of signing free agent Andy Lonergan who joined the Reds on their US pre-season tour.

Chelsea News: Willian in possible comeback

West Stand at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge Football Stadium
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Willian could only watch on helplessly as his teammate stumbled at Old Trafford but the Brazilian may be able to give his side a helping hand this Wednesday. The 31 year old has been in full training since recovering from an injury picked up in the Copa America as he works towards gaining match fitness. A few extra days preparation might not have made a massive difference but it could be enough to convince Lampard that he is now ready to play some sort of role in Istanbul.

Rudiger also closing in on a return

Although less likely to feature than Willian, Antonio Rudiger is not without any chance of making Wednesday’s squad. The German defender has also been back in first team training after recovering from a serious knee problem sustained towards the end of last season. Whenever declared fit to return, the 26 year old will likely replace Kurt Zouma at the back according to assistant boss Gianfranco Zola due to his “better understanding” with Andreas Christensen.

Analysis: Officials under the spotlight

On Wednesday, Stephanie Frappart will become the first ever female to referee a major UEFA men’s showpiece event. Not only this, but the Frenchwoman will be accompanied by two female assistant referees, compatriot Manuela Nicolosi and Ireland’s Michelle O'Neill. It is a great honour for the women making history but they will no doubt find themselves under added scrutiny as a result.

Liverpool to rekindle Istanbul magic

Not that you would need to remind any Liverpool fan, but their famous Champions League final comeback against AC Milan in 2005 came in Istanbul. Although this Super Cup match is not being played at the same stadium, it is very easy to see Liverpool being the ones celebrating come full time in Turkey. The reigning Champions League kings have looked every bit the side that so impressed us last season in their first two matches of the new campaign. Chelsea on the other hand are very much a team in transition and are without several key men due to injury. Right now this is not a fair fight in the slightest so back Liverpool to win with a -1 goal handicap (6/4).

Chelsea vulnerable on the counter

Sunday’s 4-0 scoreline was harsh on Chelsea but there is no denying that the Blues looked exposed when Manchester United broke with pace. The ball in behind was regularly an option for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side whenever the Blues lost control of the ball. Lampard may instruct his men to play a little deeper here but he is not going to lose complete faith in his approach after one game. This spells good news for Liverpool’s attacking forces as few clubs in world football are so deadly on the break. This game is one in which the likes of Mohamed Salah can flourish, and the Egyptian makes for a solid anytime goalscorer bet at odds of 5/6.

Reds to fire early on

Liverpool needed less than two minutes before breaking the deadlock in the Champions League final last May. They will do well to find such an early breakthrough in Istanbul but they are a side that rarely needs time to find their stride. Against Norwich last Friday, the Merseysiders were already three goals to the good within half an hour. Once they get themselves in front, life will become very difficult for Chelsea as their risk of being caught on the break increases. For this reason, Liverpool to be winning at half time and full time is an option not to be ignored at odds of 7/5.

Recent Matches

This one is rarely a high scoring fixture. Nine of the last 12 clashes between the two sides have produced under 2.5 goals. It has been particularly low scoring for Chelsea who have not managed to find the net more than twice in a single game against the Reds in over a decade.

14th April 2019: Liverpool 2 – 0 Chelsea

Chelsea scuppered Liverpool’s title hopes five years earlier but they could not derail their attempts this time around. The Reds regained their lead at the top of the table, after playing a game extra, following this hard fought win. There were no goals during a nervy first half but the Anfield crowd released a massive sigh of relief shortly after the break as Sadio Mane headed in. Another followed just two minutes later and what a strike it was as Mohamed Salah unleashed a rasping effort from 25 yards into the top corner.

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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