Big Match Breakdown: Chelsea v Liverpool
In-depth preview and tips ahead of the big clash
Liverpool hit the road again as they travel to London to take on Chelsea in the Premier League today.
The Champions League finalists head from Rome to the capital to play the Blues and will be in high spirits. But will the Reds be rested enough for their trip to Stamford Bridge?
The Coral News Team take a look at the fixture with a Big Match Breakdown…
Liverpool have a decent recent record against Chelsea. Jurgen Klopp’s outfit have won two and drawn four of the last six against the Blues.
You’d have to go back to November 2014 for the last time the Merseyside club lost to the Londoners in the Premier League.
Overall, Liverpool have won 77, to Chelsea’s 61 wins. And there have been 40 draws.
Klopp could choose to stick with the XI that started in midweek in Rome. Injuries to key individuals has left him with few choices to rotate.
Danny Ings or Dominic Solanke could come into the side for one of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, or Roberto Firmino.
Conte has a practically fully fit squad to select from with only David Luiz absent. His biggest decision will be whether to start Olivier Giroud or Alvaro Morata up top.
Otherwise, the XI picks itself at this stage.
Depending on who starts for Liverpool, Chelsea will need to be wary of the counter-attack. If the trio of Mane, Salah, and Firmino do start, it could be a long 90 minutes for the Blues’ backline.
But a lot of the play will feature in the middle of the park. Can Kante cover enough ground alongside Cesc Fabregas versus Jordan Henderson, James Milner, and Georginio Wijnaldum?
Virgil van Dijk should have enough quality to deal with either of Giroud or Morata. So most of Chelsea’s attacking play will have to be inspired by Eden Hazard.
Chelsea are 6/5 for the win, with Liverpool 11/5 to take all three points. The Draw is available at 5/2.
15 of out Liverpool’s 24 away games in all competitions have seen both teams score. That’s available here at 6/10.
Chelsea could go level with Liverpool if they win this and their game in hand over the Reds. That would conceivably shunt Klopp’s side out of the top-four.
With the Blues needing to go for it, and Liverpool so dangerous on the counter, expect more goals. Over 2.5 is 3/4.
That man Mo Salah is on 31 for the season – level with the record – and needs just one more to break it. He’s 23/20 to do so Anytime.
Giroud has four career goals against the Reds and is 6/4 to net Anytime.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing