Chelsea lock horns with Liverpool at Stamford Bridge this Sunday, in a match that could see the race for the top four take an exciting fresh twist. The Blues are still recovering from a rough patch that left them striving to reenter the Champions League qualification zone while Liverpool will be looking to maintain the narrow point difference that is keeping the crestfallen champions off the pace.
PREDICTIONS AND TIPS
Chelsea have been given a favourite’s backing of 6/5 to win the match while the visitors have been quoted at 12/5 to take all three points on Betfair. This is despite the Stamford Bridge outfit not winning a game against Sunday’s opponents in their last six league meetings (D3, L3).
Being somewhat a do-or-die match for the Blues, however, the bookies could be having a point with their rather absurd setting of odds. A draw has been set at 13/5.
There are hardly any surprises here, with the PFA player of the year, Mohamed Salah, deservedly sitting at the top of pretty much every goalscoring market there is. He has been quoted at 11/10 to score against his former employers and 7/2 to break the deadlock. Eden Hazard follows closely at 6/4 to score anytime and 4/1 to score the first goal of the match ahead of teammates Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud, who are both 11/2 to open the scoring and 2/1 to score anytime. Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have both been set at 13/5 to find the back of the net and 7/1 to open the scoring, a rather exciting pricing considering their red-hot form in front of goal this season.
OVER/UNDER 2.5 MATCH GOALS
This is a match that could easily turn out a four- or five-goal thriller if both teams attack to their full potential. However, with Chelsea expected to employ a cautious approach to the game, the number of goals may depend on if and when Klopp’s boys break the deadlock. The Reds are known to struggle against defensive sides, and that is something you would want to keep in mind while placing your bet.
Additionally, this fixture has produced more than two goals only twice across all competitions since October 2015 – another worthwhile reason to fancy the Under-2.5-Goals option more. Regardless, the guys at Betfair foresee a scoreline of three or more goals, which they have quoted at 4/5, as opposed to two or less goals, which they have set at 11/10.
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE
Competitive meetings between Antonio Conte and Jurgen Klopp as gaffers in their current clubs have always ended in both teams scoring. That will be the case again on Sunday afternoon if Betfair’s 8/13 pricing on the possibility is anything to go by. If you fancy a goalless draw or one of the teams to keep a clean sheet – something that has happened only thrice in the last sixteen clashes between the teams – Betfair have made that even more desirable with mouthwatering odds of 7/5.