A stark contrast in fortunes has prompted one-way traffic in the Liverpool versus Chelsea match-betting market, with a bottleneck emerging around the 13/10 that says the away team will prosper.
Scoring goals at will and undefeated across all competitions thus far, the Blues certainly represent much better value than their Red counterparts, who can be backed at 21/10 next to a 9/4-rated draw.
Form says there’s only one winner, but the west Londoners are fast carving a niche as chief lead squanderers in big away games this term, so there are doubts surrounding about their ability to do the business here.
But fear not, for there are plenty of prospective wagers with greater profitability potential to be snapped up based on recent renewals between the pair.
Liverpool to fail to score in the first half @ 65/100
Martin Skrtel’s strike at Stamford Bridge last term was the only first-half goal the Reds have bagged in four versus this foe.
That’s hardly sufficient enough evidence to go in swinging hard at an odds-on offering, but when you consider that Brendan Rodgers’ men haven’t scored at all in four of their previous five this campaign it grows in appeal.
The enormous cherry atop this rapidly swelling cake is yet to come though, dear reader.
Just once in the past nine outings have Liverpool registered before the interval, which was Adam Lallana’s opener against West Brom (and this fell on the 45-minute mark!)
They haven’t had a first-half goal to speak of in five and Chelsea, nor have they conceded before the break in nine successive matches.
Chelsea to accumulate the most yellow cards @ 4/5
The contingent of bruisers the Blues will field and their rabid desperation to prevent Liverpool’s light-footed attackers nip in and out of crevices in their defence is sure to result in a few winding up in the referee’s notebook.
In seven of their last 12 tussles with this foe the Bridge dwellers have amassed the most cautions, whereas their Merseyside counterparts have taken more lead out of the ref’s pencil on just three occasions across this period.
Both teams to score – No @ 11/10
It’s safe to assume that something about Liverpool (probably Luis Garcia’s contentious goal in the 2004/05 Champions League semi-final) sticks in Jose Mourinho’s craw.
In total he’s masterminded six victories out of eight against the Anfielders in the Premier League.
The pair met 15 times during the Special One’s first spell at the Chelsea helm and, of these, a staggering 12 ended with just one or neither side scoring.