Liverpool v Chelsea Betting Tips Saturday 8th November 2014
The game of the weekend features Premier League favourites Chelsea who face Liverpool who finished 2nd last season. The match is taking place at Anfield on Saturday at 12:45pm and is televised on BT Sport. If you fancy a bet in-play make sure you get signed up with Bet365 who offer competitive odds and a huge range of markets unlike many bookmakers.
How They’ve Started The Season
After selling Luis Suarez this summer for £75million, Liverpool have invested heavily into talented young players and so far it hasn’t paid off. They have already lost four matches in the league whilst they only lost six matches throughout the whole of last season. Liverpool lost their latest league match 1-0 against Newcastle United and Brendan Rodgers’s side failed to create many chances in the match. This has been the case for the majority of the season, Liverpool have scored just 13 goals in their opening 10 games where as they had scored 17 times at this stage last season and they still had Suarez to return from his ban. Liverpool currently sit in 7th position on 14 points which flatters them based on their performances so far this campaign.
Chelsea came into this season as title favourites after making some big signings, most notably Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas who have excelled under Jose Mourinho who is arguably the best manager in the Premier League. Chelsea are now the only side in England’s top four divisions that remain unbeaten and they really have been excellent. They’ve won eight of their opening ten matches scoring 26 goals in the process and they’re now as short as 1.3 to win the Premier League title although only ten Premier League games have been played. Unsurprisingly Chelsea are top of the Premier League table and are four points clear of second place.
During the week both sides played Champions League football, Liverpool faced Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday evening whilst Chelsea played Maribor in Slovenia on Wednesday night. Brendan Rodgers controversially rested captain Steven Gerrard, Raheem Sterling, Philippe Coutinho, Dejan Lovren and Mario Balotelli which suggests he’s prioritizing this weekends game against Chelsea. Although this maybe due to their record after Champions League games, of Premier League clubs to play in Champions League for 3+ seasons, Liverpool have the worst win % in domestic games directly after Champions League matches at 52%. Despite fielding a weakened team Liverpool put in a decent performance and lost just 1-0 against the Champions League favourites. Adam Lallana, Kolo Toure and Alberto Moreno all put in good performances which may increase their chances of featuring on Saturday.
Jose Mourinho also fielded a weakened team against NK Maribor on Wednesday evening with Oscar, Diego Costa and Cahill starting on the bench. Admittedly it wasn’t a great Chelsea performance as they struggled to break down a resilient Maribor who took the lead after 50 minutes due to a smart finish from Ibraimi. Nemanja Matic equalized shortly after and with just 5 minutes left on the clock Eden Hazard was awarded a penalty although he failed to convert the spot kick. Despite this Chelsea are still top of their group and three points clear of 2nd place Schalke.
Liverpool are still without Daniel Sturridge this season who has played just 270 minutes of football all season and this is Brendan Rodgers only notable absence for this encounter. Chelsea on the other hand are without Loic Remy however this shouldn’t be an issue as Diego Costa is expected to be fit. Jon Obi Mikel is Chelsea’s only other injury although it’s unlikely that he would have featured anyway.
Head to Head
Last season Jose Mourinho and his Chelsea side beat Liverpool home and away to the delight of Chelsea fans however Liverpool still finished above the Blues in the Premier League table although it doesn’t look like that’ll be the case this campaign as Brendan Rodgers’s Liverpool side are already 12 points behind the title favourites. Liverpool have not recorded a victory over Chelsea for over 2 and a half years now and that’ll be a record they’re looking to end this weekend.
Liverpool 3.3 – Draw 3.5 – Chelsea 2.1
It’s no surprise to see Chelsea as the favourites in this encounter after their impressive start to the season however I’m not remotely tempted by odds of 2.1, therefore I’ve had a look into a few side markets where more value is on offer in my opinion. The correct score market stood out to me as Bet365 are refunding all losing bets on this market if the match finishes 0-0 and there is a realistic chance of it finishing 0-0 in my opinion, Mourinho likes to tighten things up against the better sides, especially away from Stamford Bridge and I expect that to the case this weekend. The most appealing bet to me is Chelsea to win 1-0, like I said Mourinho will inevitably set his side up to play defensively and that’ll lead to a low scoring game in my opinion. During last season Chelsea won four matches 1-0 and three of those four 1-0 victories came against sides in the top half of the table.