You could have had a top-price 27/10 with bwin.com about Chelsea beating Liverpool with both teams scoring in the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg at Stamford Bridge, but the boys in black and gold have just made that industry-best wager even better.
They’ll bequeath punters with whopping 7/2 odds about the Blues and the Reds getting on the scoresheet in a 90-minute home triumph*, meaning bwin’s Chelsea win/BTTS quote beats all other bookies by more than a point.
There’s every reason to believe this bet will land too, as it did in the previous fixture between this pair in west London.
Furthermore, Liverpool’s 0-0 FA Cup draw at home to Bolton last time out was the first match they failed to find the net in since going down 3-0 to Manchester United at Old Trafford in mid-December, ten all-competition games prior to the Trotters’ visit.
Chelsea may have kept clean sheets in six of their last eight games in front of the faithful, but after shipping four at home to Bradford in the FA Cup, having been two up with less than 40 minutes on the clock, Jose Mourinho’s Premier League leaders have never looked more vulnerable.
Nevertheless, that 4-2 humbling was only Mourinho’s second Stamford Bridge loss to an English side over 90 minutes in two spells at the club, so 8/15 favourite odds about the hosts simply winning here seem about right.
For a first goalscorer, punters need look no further than the Blues’ Belgian wizard Eden Hazard, who has bagged deadlock breakers in each of Chelsea’s past two Capital One Cup fixtures, including at Liverpool from the penalty spot in the first leg of this semi-final.
The 24-year-old is in flying first-goal form with four in his last 12 games, and Hazard’s status as Mourinho’s spot-kick expert adds plenty of value in this market, so back him for an opener at 5/1.
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