|Under 2.5 Goals||6/5||Ladbrokes|
|Match Result: Draw||13/5||888Sport|
|Correct Score: 1-1||6/1||Coral|
Round seven of the Premier League season and Saturday night’s bill topper sees Chelsea and Liverpool butt-heads for the second time following Wednesday’s EFL Cup clash at Anfield. London plays host on this occasion as the title challengers – sitting first and third in the table going into the week – aim to add muscle to their challenge while taking the legs away from one of their main rivals.
Armchair fans can follow the match live from 5.30pm courtesy of BT Sport and the best new bookmakers have plenty of options to entertain punters.
Hosts Chelsea remain undefeated under former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri but they did drop their first points of the campaign when being held to a draw by West Ham in Stratford last Sunday. The Blues were expected to roll over their city neighbours but despite finishing the match with 72% possession and 17 shots at goal the six-time top-flight champions were unable to break down a stubborn Hammers’ defence.
Not a damaging result for Chelsea, but the 0-0 finish meant they managed just one goal in over 180 minutes of competitive football that week following a narrow 1-0 win over PAOK Salonika in the Europa League. One scored from a combined 39 shots, that’ll give Sarri and his coaching staff something to think about and the manager was honest enough in his post-match interview to admit his boys are currently a step behind Liverpool.
Liverpool exploded out of the traps this season and they maintained their 100% record with a comfortable 3-0 win over Southampton at Anfield last time. The Reds now boast 6-0-0 with 14 goals scored and only two conceded. With two of the top four dropping points – draws for Chelsea and Watford – Jurgen Klopp’s crew are now two clear of the chasing pack.
Critics predicted the Anfield side would struggle following that emotional 3-2 win over PSG in the Champions League but there were no signs of a European hangover, a Hoedt own-goal inside 10 minutes setting the pace. Matip doubled the advantage on 21 before Salah rounded off the scoring in first-half stoppage time. That result means Liverpool have won their opening six league matches for the first time since 1990. No wonder fans are excited.
Despite enjoying home advantage on Saturday evening, the locals find themselves second favourites with bookmakers. 9/5 trading at Ladbrokes rates as the general feeling in the betting ring with an away day chalked up at top price 6/4 with bet365. Those stuck on the fence can have 13/5 for the draw when getting their stake money down at 888Sport.
Followers of the trends tell us three of the last five renewals of this fixture have ended in a 1-1 full-time result and that’ll catch the attention of value hunters with another two-goal share available at Coral’s 6/1. I certainly wouldn’t be in a rush to put anyone off, but we’ll welcome a bit of a safety net and take under 2.5 goals at a useful 6/5 with Ladbrokes.
That can be backed as a super single or put to good use in weekend accumulators. Need a bit more convincing? Under 2.5 would’ve been settled as a winner in each of the last three meetings of these rivals, including home and away last term – 1-1 at Anfield and 1-0 Chelsea at the bridge. Let’s hope for more of the same in what promises to be another tense affair.