As the new Premier League season moves into its third week, Liverpool and Chelsea find themselves among the early pacesetters. Both teams have won their opening two games of the campaign and neither has conceded a goal in that time.
Something has to give in this Saturday, 5.30pm kick off at Anfield (TV: Live on Sky Sports) but will we get a winner or will two strong sides cancel each other out? Read on for our LFC vs CFC preview and betting tips.
LFC vs CFC Match Winner Betting Odds
Not surprisingly, there are odds against prices on all three potential results and it is a tight market. Home advantage has helped Liverpool to start as favourites and Jurgen Klopp’s men can be claimed at a general 6/4.
Victory for Chelsea is next with most UK online bookmakers going in at 19/10 while the draw completes this section at best industry odds of 5/2.
Form is perfect in both camps and it’s also identical. Both teams have scored five goals in two matches and have yet to concede at the back. Liverpool and Chelsea have begun their campaigns with 2-0 and 3-0 wins so there is literally nothing to split them.
Results suggest they may cancel each other out and come away with points shared. Alternatively, with crowds now back in stadiums, it could be that home advantage seals the win. Before this preview commits to a verdict, let’s look at the players who can make the difference.
All of Liverpool’s key front men are off the mark this season. Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have each found the net while Diogo Jota has scored twice. In Saturday’s first goalscorer market, Salah shares the favourite’s berth with Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku with both men available at 4/1.
Lukaku is also off the mark on his Chelsea return and will attract interest after breaking the deadlock against Arsenal last time out.
Some longer-priced options for the first goalscorer bet include Sadio Mane at 7/1, Diogo Jota at 15/2 and Timo Werner at 8/1.
Both Teams to Score has yet to drop in across four combined games involving these two sides. For Saturday, BTTS is quoted at 4/6 with most bookies while you can take ‘No’ on Both Teams to Score at a top price of 23/20.
Total Goals betting shows a best of 11/10 to go over the 2.5 line. A tight, low scoring game could bring Under 2.5 goals into play and this is quoted at 3/4 with most outlets.
If you are of the opinion that there will be more goals in this match, you can push to over 3.5 goals which is quoted at a best of 11/4.
That leaves us with some suggestions for the Correct Score market and there is likely to be some interest in a high scoring draw. A 2-2 final outcome is available for this game at 12/1 in most places.
If you think there will be a positive result, a 3-1 win for Liverpool is listed at industry best odds of 24/1 while the same outcome in favour of Chelsea is further back at 27/1.
Our Preview’s Liverpool vs Chelsea Betting Tips Verdict
Early season games are still tough to call but the form guide for these two teams is as many people expected. Chelsea and Liverpool have those perfect records and it is easy to come to the conclusion that they will simply cancel each other out.
Much will depend on how they approach the game. Neither team has conceded in the Premier League, and their odds to win the EPL title have contracted, but there should be plenty of attacking intent on both sides and those clean sheets are unlikely to continue.
With that in mind, this preview looking to Liverpool to edge a high scoring match. Home advantage, with a noisy crowd back at Anfield, will help but the Reds look more like the team that romped to the league title two seasons ago.
With two of the world’s best strikers – Mohamed Salah and Romelu Lukaku – backed up by a strong supporting cast, over 3.5 goals looks sound and it’s on offer at a good price this week.
If we were looking for a value third option, Sadio Mane to open the scoring carries good odds. The Senegalese is off the mark following a summer of speculation and he’s been productive in five years on Merseyside.
It should be a thriller for the neutrals and let’s stay with these two selections as we look to add some profit to the entertainment. So these are the advised betting tips for this preview:
- Liverpool to win at 6/4 with William Hill, BetVictor, Betfair and Paddy Power.
- Over 3.5 goals at a best price of 11/4 with BetVictor.
LFC vs CFC Outright Match Winner Betting Odds