Saturday 25th November. 5:30PM. BT Sport
Saturday’s evening fixture sees Liverpool and Chelsea renew their modern rivalry in what should be a fascinating battle at Anfield. With both teams playing some great attacking football right now, the neutrals will anticipate an entertaining contest.
With an opportunity to put some pressure on their rivals, both sides will be eager to put in a big performance. Will either side be able to grab the win or will both need to settle for a share of the spoils?
Attack The Best Form Of Attack For Klopp
While Jurgen Klopp would’ve probably accepted a draw before kick-off, the way in which they threw away a three-goal lead in Seville was yet another perfect example of this Liverpool side’s strengths and weaknesses under the current regime. While they will be worried about Chelsea’s threat, their only option is to take the game to the champions.
The Reds have won each of their last three competitive games at Anfield via 3-0 scoreline and, with the formidable foresome of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho, they can certainly look to cause problems for Antonio Conte’s Chelsea.
Nathaniel Clyne’s absence continues to be a problem for Liverpool in defence, but this is virtually their strongest side and they can enter this clash full of confidence. Klopp hasn’t seen his side beaten at home since April’s shock defeat to Crystal Palace, a run which has included the visits of Manchester United, Sevilla, and Arsenal.
If they perform with the energy that they can, they’ll have every chance of boosting their hopes of a top four finish here.
Can Chelsea Overcome A Long Week Of Travel
While Liverpool had a trip to Spain, Chelsea had to contend with the mammoth trek to Baku, having previously played West Brom last Saturday. Conte has voiced his frustrations over those arrangements, but his in-form team won’t have any fears as they make the trip to Merseyside.
The Blues haven’t lost at Anfield since 2012, and have recovered well from their early season wobbles. It’s one loss in eight for Conte’s men while drawing a line under the Diego Costa saga has certainly helped their cause too. While it’s Liverpool who claim the plaudits for their swashbuckling style and 24 goals, it’s worth noting that the visitors have 23 league goals to their name too.
Alvaro Morata’s goals and link up play with Eden Hazard has been particularly pleasing for the Stamford Bridge outfit while the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Perdo, and Willian have performed well when called upon too. Even without Michy Batshuayi, the Blues have more than enough quality to punish the Reds.
Chelsea have fond memories of Anfield in recent times. Should they leave Merseyside with smiles on their faces once more, their hopes of surmounting a genuine title bid may be on the cards.
Liverpool v Chelsea Betting
Liverpool enter the game as the pre-match favourites at 21/20 with Coral while Chelsea are priced 12/5 underdogs. The draw is available at 13/5.
Despite their long travels, Chelsea are capable of putting in a big performance, and should find a way through Liverpool’s defence. Conte will want his side to leave Anfield with at least a draw, and we think they will.
With the safety net of a refund available, we’re backing the Blues on the ‘draw no bet’ market.
If the Blues are to claim a positive result, they’ll be looking to Morata for inspiration in the final third. Frankly, his movement could be too much for the Reds to handle, especially if Fabregas and Hazard provide the ammunition.
Even if Chelsea don’t get a win, we think the Spaniard will get on the scoresheet.