Sunday 22 September: 4.30pm KO
Live on Sky Sports
Both of these clubs lost their Champions League games in midweek. They return to the Premier League and Liverpool know whatever happens they will still be league leaders come the end of the game. Chelsea don’t lose that often at Stamford Bridge and won’t want two losses in the space of a few days.
Chelsea have blown hot and cold so far this season. With a new manager on board, the departure of Eden Hazard and a transfer ban, it was never going to be easy. You can almost see their fans ticking off the good parts of the season and worryingly spotting poor ones too.
Among the bonuses this season has brought is the expected march of their youngsters. Tammy Abraham is no longer out on loan but scoring for Chelsea at a prolific rate. He’s scored seven league goals this season (eight if you include the own goal against Wolves), making him joint top scorer in the Premier League with Sergio Aguero. All those seven goals have come in his last three league games. You can get odds of 23/20 (2.15) at William Hill on him scoring against Liverpool.
The emergence of Mason Mount (three goals this season) and Fikayo Tomori look like saving Chelsea millions in the transfer market. Minuses though include their defensive problems. The Blues are still looking for their first clean sheet of the season with at least two goals conceded in five matches already this season. Liverpool put two past them in the European Super Cup, so they face another tough task this weekend.
Chelsea start the weekend in sixth place in the table only out of the top four on goal difference. They trail Liverpool by seven points and won’t want that to reach double figures after this game. Midweek saw their Champions League campaign start with a 1-0 defeat by Valencia.
Ross Barkley missed a penalty in that game and it’s 18/1 (19.0) that Chelsea miss from the spot in this game. Remember, they have already lost a penalty shoot-out to Liverpool this season.
Liverpool have won all five of their league games this season. They can be backed at 1/1 (2.0) with Betfair to finally lift the Premier League trophy. However, Liverpool were brought back to earth when losing 2-0 at Napoli in midweek.
The Reds have been scoring plenty of goals this season. Sadio Mane has three goals in his last four league matches. You can get odds of 6/4 (2.5) that he gets another goal at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Liverpool don’t keep many clean sheets though. Only Burnley have been unable to score against them this season in eight matches. The odds on both teams scoring on Sunday are 4/7 (1.57) if your bet is made at William Hill. That’s happened in 11 of the last 14 games played between these two clubs.
Liverpool haven’t lost a Premier League game since that crucial loss at Manchester City. They can be backed at 1/1 (2.0) with Betfair to win this game and make it six out of six for the season.
The two sides have met once this season in the European Super Cup. That ended in a draw after extra time and the odds on this match ending level are 11/4 (3.75) at Coral. A trip to Unibet will see you get the same price on a Chelsea victory.
Mason Mount has made a good start to the season but may miss this game due to an ankle sprain. N’Golo Kane may play some part in the game. Liverpool continue to be without Alisson and Naby Keita with Divock Origi is unlikely to be fit.
Neither side will want to lose two games in a week. Three of the last four Chelsea home league games have ended in a score draw. The odds on that happening in this match look good, you can get 18/5 (4.6) on that at BetVictor.