Liverpool v Chelsea Odds: Compare prices from the main markets for the visit of Tuchel to Anfield
Liverpool and Chelsea have both started this season with a perfect two wins from two. The two sides are yet to concede and the late-kick off on Saturday provides us with a chance to see two title contenders face-off.
Chelsea’s convincing win over Arsenal last weekend and the addition of Romelu Lukaku has seen Thomas Tuchel’s side shorten in the Premier League winner market to 5/2 after being 5/1 on the opening day of the campaign.
Liverpool are still currently trading at around 4/1 to be crowned champions, after starting the season at 11/2. There have been under 2.5 goals in seven of Liverpool’s last eight home games in the Premier League and we’ve picked out some key stats for Saturday’s game along with a look at some of the Liverpool v Chelsea odds from some of the main betting markets.
On paper this looks a tough game to predict in terms of result and the bookmakers seem to agree with not much difference between the pair. The Reds are currently the 6/4 favourites to grab all three points on Merseyside, with the draw being offered at 9/4.
Chelsea won 1-0 on their last visit to Anfield back in March thanks to a Mason Mount goal in the first half. The Blues are undefeated in nine of their last 10 away matches in the Premier League and can be backed at 19/10 with bet365 to make it three wins from three on Saturday.
Player shots on target
The second coming of Romelu Lukaku looks to have turned Chelsea into a different beast this season and the Belgian cannot be ignored in the shots markets after letting off eight against Arsenal, two of which hit the target. Big Rom totalled 1.41xG in that game and let off more shots than Arsenal in 90 minutes. At the time of writing Lukaku can be backed at 6/5 with both Betfair and Paddy Power to register at least two shots on target against Liverpool this weekend.
Sadio Mane also makes some appeal in the shots on target market after recording one against Norwich in his opening fixture, before going on to hit four against Burnley in Gameweek 2. With his other teammates Diogo Jota priced at 2/11 and Mohamed Salah 2/9 to register one shot on target, Mane’s price of 3/5 with BetVictor looks to be an attractive one.
Player 'To be carded'
The last time these two sides met, not one card was shown by referee Martin Atkinson. Saturday’s man in the middle will be Anthony Taylor who ranked 10th of 19 last season when it came to yellows per game shown with an average of 2.64 per game. This term Taylor has already taken charge of two matches and has brandished seven yellows.
Virgil van Dijk’s battle with Romelu Lukaku is one we are eagerly anticipating. Liverpool’s colossus centre-half has only been shown a yellow card in three of his last 83 Premier League matches and the value could be with Lukaku to be carded we feel at 7/1. Last season, the Belgian picked up four yellows in 32 starts over in Serie A and what’s notable is that they came in big matches. Roma, Napoli and Lazio (x2) were the opponents in those games and should Virgil get the better of him we feel there could be a bit of frustration with him throwing his heavy frame around.
Liverpool’s Diogo Jota has started down the middle in Liverpool’s first two league matches and has got on the scoresheet in both of them. The Portuguese forward is the biggest price of Jurgen Klopp’s front three to get on the scoresheet against Chelsea at 11/4 with Paddy Power, which looks a little inflated when compared with the 21/10 for Mane and 6/5 for Salah.
It’s impossible to stay away from Romelu Lukaku when considering goalscorers for the game at Anfield. The big man looks very much the final piece of the jigsaw for Chelsea and with him now being the focal point at the head of the attack he looks sure to grab himself a bucket load this season. 6/4 looks to be the best price available for the former Manchester United man to score after toying with Arsenal’s defence last weekend.
Betting on certain players to register an assist is growing in popularity in the Premier League, with numerous firms now giving punters the chance to do so. Bookmakers such as Betfair and Bet365 also now allow these selections to be included in their Bet Builder features.
The player who catches the eye on the assist market is Chelsea’s Reece James who was named the WhoScored Man of the Match against Arsenal last week. The right-wing back was exceptional on Sunday, with seven shot creating actions as well as an assist for Romelu Lukaku’s opening goal. In total James amassed an impressive 1.1 Expected Assists (xA) in that game and at 7/1 with Paddy Power he looks overpriced to add another at Anfield.
Liverpool v Chelsea can be seen live on Sky Sports, kicking off at 5:30pm Saturday. Please always gamble responsibly.