Liverpool v Chelsea Betting Tips & Predictions - Saturday 9th May 2020

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After succumbing to defeats during their opening Champions League fixtures on Tuesday evening, both Chelsea and Liverpool will be keen to put their midweek disappointment behind them. There is no better way of doing just that than securing three points in what is a huge, high-profile Premier League clash.

For Liverpool, this is the biggest challenge yet of their title credentials although even in defeat they will still remain in charge at the top of the table. There is no title talk surrounding Chelsea this season but it remains an equally important game for Frank Lampard. The new Blues boss was embarrassed during his first test against a top six side but he has the chance to make amends here. Although looking at the betting odds, the bookies don’t exactly fancy his chances.

Top Tips

Liverpool to win @ 19/20

Both teams to score @ 8/15

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Chelsea News: Blues sweating over Kante

West Stand at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge Football Stadium
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Frank Lampard welcomed back Antonio Rudiger, Mateo Kovacic and Pedro from injury last weekend but there was no space in the team for N’Golo Kante. Chelsea’s star Frenchman hasn’t featured since the 1-1 draw with Leicester on 18th August but a return is not far away now. Last week Lampard stated the club are just trying to get the midfielder to complete his final step on the road to recovery. There is genuine hope he can return to full fitness prior to this game but his involvement remains less than certain.

Mount and Rudiger struck down

Antonio Rudiger made his long-awaited return last Saturday against Wolves, his first appearance since April’s draw with Man United. It was a short-lived comeback though as during the half time break the German was withdrawn due to a troublesome groin problem.

The central defender looks likely to be out for several weeks but the Blues must wait to see how long Mason Mount faces on the side-lines. The youngster suffered some significant ankle swelling following a challenge from Valencia’s Francis Coquelin in midweek, putting his involvement this Sunday into major doubt.

Liverpool News: Origi issue not overly serious

Kop End at Liverpool's Anfield Football Stadium
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Divock Origi may not be one of Liverpool’s leading cast members but the Belgian has become an increasingly valuable rotation player. Selected to lead the line against Newcastle at the weekend, the striker lasted just 37 minutes before hobbling off. Fortunately, his prognosis is a positive one with a speedy return very much on the cards. A return to action as early as this weekend is on the optimistic side but the 24 year old may be willing to fight through the pain for such an important game.

Analysis: Blues desperately need to tighten up

There have been some positives on display during Frank Lampard’s short reign as Chelsea boss, notably how some of his young players have seized their moment to shine. One thing the former Derby boss has not managed to improve though is the state of the Blues’ defence. Just five games into the league season and the top four hopefuls had the second worst defensive record in the top flight, a worrying stat when facing such a deadly Liverpool side.

Liverpool to maintain perfect record

No title race has ever been decided by September but Liverpool can put themselves in a truly commanding position if they carry on winning. Klopp and his team have begun their title challenge with five straight victories, extending their winning run in the league to an incredible 14 matches. A team bursting with both quality and fighting spirit, it is a real surprise to see them trading at almost even money (19/20) for three points this weekend. Chelsea are no pushovers of course but they are a team in transition and one that lost their last big clash, to Man United, by a four-goal margin.

Goals likely at both ends

To be fair to the Chelsea defence, they have been missing their best defender in Antonio Rudiger virtually all season. With him back in the side, improvements are most probable but the German is out again with a fresh injury blow. Lacking any sort of solid partnership in the heart of defence, Chelsea will find it especially hard to deal with Liverpool’s sensational attacking trio. Although lacking the same firepower, a red-hot Tammy Abraham will cause issues for a Liverpool defence that has kept just one clean sheet this season. The case for both teams to score (8/15) here is very strong and worth your support even at that relatively short price.

Mane more goals to come

Golden boot contender Sadio Mane has begun the season in lively fashion, averaging a league goal every 89.5 minutes. Having also netted brace against Chelsea in the Super Cup last month, the Senegalese international makes for a prime anytime goalscorer candidate. Operating down Liverpool’s left hand side, he will likely be facing an aging Cesar Azpilicueta who has been convincingly out of form this campaign. Facing a challenge to deal with a much more athletic adversary, Mane should find the opportunities to gab himself a goal (6/5), or perhaps two or more, in London.

Recent Matches

Chelsea fired two goals past Liverpool both in the Super Cup and during last year’s League Cup bout but goals have been harder to come by in the league. It has been nearly five years since the Londoners scored more than once against the Reds, something that has helped produce five 1-1 draws during their last nine top flight meetings.

14th August 2019: Liverpool 2(p) – 2 Chelsea

Distinct underdogs Chelsea bounced back from a humbling 4-0 defeat to Manchester United with this incredibly spirited display in Istanbul. It was a clash most neutrals didn’t want to end so they would have been thankful that Sadio Mane’s equaliser sent the game into extra time.

The Liverpool winger grabbed himself another in the added half an hour but Jorginho responded from the penalty spot after Adrian brought down Tammy Abraham. Even after 120 minutes of football there was nothing to separate the sides; thus a penalty shootout ensued, with Abraham the only player who failed to convert.

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.

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