Sunday sees a fascinating clash between two Premier League heavyweights. Champions Liverpool will be looking to stamp their dominance on the league after scraping past Leeds last weekend. Chelsea will be hoping that their mammoth spending spree will provide a touch of stability to improve upon the club’s progress last season. Chelsea and Liverpool are both looking very likely to get a top four finish in the current Premier League campaign. This encounter gives us an early indication of whether these clubs can live up to the hype. Take a look at our betting tips and make your predictions.
Chelsea have already spent a staggering £200 million in revamping their squad. These have included two excellent German players – the forward Timo Werner and attacking midfielder Kai Havertz. Plus with other big names like Hakim Ziyech, Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell coming to the club, it’s easy to see why so many rate Chelsea’s chances this season.
However, Frank Lampard’s team looked fairly rusty in their 3-1 away win against Brighton on Monday. The defensive frailties were once again on display, and it’s evident that goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is just not up to the job. All of which makes Sunday’s game a pivotal encounter for the new-look Chelsea.
Liverpool started their defence of the title with a thrilling 4-3 home win over Leeds. While this made for solid entertainment, it didn’t provide any reassurances that the Liverpool defence is back to its best. Jurgen Klopp’s team has looked shaky at the back ever since the club claimed the league title in late June.
While Liverpool hasn’t made any big summer signings, the club still look like a force to be reckoned with. Mo Salah’s hat-trick last weekend felt fairly routine, and both Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino look equally capable of helping Liverpool pick up where they left off last season.
There have been 186 previous encounters between Chelsea and Liverpool since the teams first met in 1907. Of these games, Liverpool have had the upper hand with 81 wins, compared to Chelsea’s 64. There have been 41 draws between the two sides.
The last time that the two clubs met was a thrilling encounter in July. This saw Liverpool beat Chelsea 5-3 at Anfield. Liverpool players like Naby Keita, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Georgino Wijnaldum and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain got their names on the scoresheet, while Roberto Firmino finally managed to get his first goal at Anfield that season. This was all capped off by Liverpool lifting the Premier League trophy.
However, Chelsea put up plenty of fierce resistance. Olivier Giroud showed that he still has the goalscoring touch, Tammy Abraham got the second goal, and Christian Pulisic put in an exhilarating performance and got Chelsea’s third with a stunning strike.
Prior to this, Chelsea managed to provide something of a shock by beating Liverpool 2-0 at home in the FA Cup. This game took place in March, and it marked one of the first times that Liverpool looked vulnerable in the whole season. Goals from Willian and Ross Barkley marked the Reds’ exit from the FA Cup.
The last Premier League game between these clubs at Stamford Bridge saw Liverpool walking away as the 2-1 winners. Two strikes from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino stamped Liverpool’s authority on the game early on. While N’Golo Kante scored in the second half, it wasn’t enough for Chelsea to make a full recovery.
Not only is this going to be a fascinating encounter between two of the biggest Premier League clubs, but it’s going to see something of a rematch between Jurgen Klopp and Frank Lampard. There was something of a heated war of words between the two managers at the last game between these two clubs. Plus Klopp has since made a few caustic remarks about Chelsea’s recent spending spree saying that Liverpool aren’t one of the clubs that are ‘owned by countries and oligarchs’. All of which should provide plenty of fireworks on Sunday night.
Chelsea and Liverpool are both capable of scoring plenty of goals, but the teams have been looking leaky at the back. With Mo Salah in fiery form, and Timo Werner keen to impress, we’re predicting another goalscoring extravaganza on Sunday. Much depends on how quickly Chelsea’s new signings integrate themselves into the team. But we think that it’s going to be a close match that’s unlikely to produce a clear winner. So we’re predicting that this game will be a draw with goals for both teams. BetVictor currently has the best odds of 4.50 for this betting market.