Premier League – Chelsea vs Liverpool Preview, Odds & Betting Tips: Biggest Opening EPL Game

Mo SalahThe biggest game on the opening weekend of Premier League action takes place on Sunday (4.30pm) at Stamford Bridge. Both Chelsea and Liverpool would have been disappointed with their campaigns last season, and will be looking for a fast start to 2023/24.

Chelsea used three managers last term, before appointing former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino in the summer. Liverpool have kept faith with Jurgen Klopp, despite missing out on the Champions League places, but the pressure will be on the Reds’ manager to deliver an improved finish. How will this CFC vs LFC game pan out? Read on for our preview and betting tips.

Liverpool go into this game as marginal favourites with the best industry odds on the away win standing at 7/5. Victory for Chelsea is next at 15/8, while the draw completes the match result betting at 27/10.

Last season’s Premier League table shows us that Liverpool rallied after a poor start to finish in fifth place. Chelsea’s campaign never really got going and a 12th place finish for the Blues is indicative of their poor performances.

Both teams have been active in the transfer markets during the summer, but Chelsea have seen more arrivals and departures. New manager Pochettino has brought in goalkeeper Robert Sanchez from Brighton, together with Christopher Nkunku, Nicolas Jackson, Axel Disasi and Kendry Paez. Nkunku will miss Sunday’s game through Injury, but the remaining signings could all play a part.

Over at Anfield, Liverpool have signed Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai. It’s a modest haul by comparison, but fewer changes were needed in the Reds squad.

The first goalscorer betting lists Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah as favourite to find the net, with the Egyptian striker available at 5/1 in most places. Former Chelsea player Salah scored 19 goals in 38 league games last season. Next is Chelsea’s new signing Nicolas Jackson at 6/1. Jackson arrives from Villarreal where he scored 12 goals in 26 La Liga matches last term.

Moving through the first goalscorer options, Darwin Nunez is listed at 13/2, followed by Chelsea’s Raheem Sterling and Liverpool’s Cody Gakpo who are both on offer at 15/2. Further down the list, Alexis Mac Allister could be one to consider at longer odds of 14/1. The Argentine international scored ten goals from midfield for Brighton last season, although he was the Seagulls’ designated penalty taker.

In other side bets, Both Teams to Score is quoted for Sunday’s match at best industry odds of 4/7. If you prefer to take the ‘no’ option on BTTS, this is listed at 31/20.

Total Combined Goals is next and this preview will start with the Over 2.5 Option which can be backed at a top price of 4/6. Those who are expecting a goal feast on Sunday could push up to Over 3.5 goals which is currently available at 13/8 in most places. Anyone who feels there will be little attacking intent at Stamford Bridge could consider backing Under 2.5 Goals which would return odds of 6/5.

The last of our featured side markets focuses on the Correct Score. The bookmakers are looking at a narrow Liverpool victory, and the 2-1 away win could attract some interest at best odds of 9/1. The same scoreline in favour of Chelsea is on offer at a top price of 11/1, while the 2-2 draw is quoted at a best of 12/1.

Our EPL Match Preview’s CFC vs LFC Betting Tips Verdict

The first games of any new season are the toughest to predict. There is no form guide to consider, unless we want to take in pre-season friendlies. For this game, Chelsea are something of an unknown quantity. The team was consistently poor for much of last term, but will another new manager and a clutch of new signings help to make a difference?

Chelsea will also have home advantage and that is edging us towards a share of the points. The Blues will be disappointed that their biggest signing Nkunku is unavailable, but they look more potent up front and should, at the very least, make a significant improvement on their 12th place finish from 2022/23.

Liverpool retain much of the squad that made a late charge up the table. The Reds have also lost long term players Jordan Henderson and Roberto Firmino, so should they be looking for more signings before the end of the transfer window?

It is a tough call, and you may want to stick to the side markets, but the balance of the two squads, together with Chelsea’s home advantage, suggests a draw is a plausible option. It could well be a high scoring game, so this CFC vs LFC preview will sign off the first EPL match of the new campaign with Over 3.5 Goals as the second of our betting tips: