Kick-off: 1630, 22/09/2019
Stadium: Stamford Bridge
TV: Sky Sports
Chelsea and Liverpool suffered Champions League defeats on Tuesday night and both teams may settle for bouncing back with a Premier League draw.
The Reds have shown superior domestic form this term, but have not won at Stamford Bridge for two seasons and the Blues matched them in a recent UEFA Super Cup clash.
Another close encounter could be on the cards and 27/10 for a stalemate is our initial Chelsea vs Liverpool prediction.
A Look At Chelsea’s Betting Odds
Chelsea have work to do in Europe after losing 1-0 at home to Valencia in their Group H opener, but Frank Lampard was upbeat regarding his young team’s performance.
Willian and Tammy Abraham went close to breaking the deadlock numerous times before Rodrigo put the visitors ahead with 16 minutes to go.
The Blues still should have got something from the game when VAR flagged up a late handball in the area, but Ross Barkley’s penalty clipped the crossbar.
“We probably should have won, or at least got a draw,” said Lampard. “We created enough chances, we had the penalty and we conceded with their one shot on goal. It’s a harsh lesson, but that’s Champions League football.”
Chelsea have suffered mixed fortunes in domestic action this term, as they look to rebuild following the departure of Eden Hazard.
However, last Saturday’s 5-2 triumph at Wolves, where Abraham hit a hat-trick, did highlight their potential.
Looking at the Chelsea vs Liverpool odds, we like 16/5 for a score draw.
Last Chelsea line-up: Kepa, Alonso, Christensen, Zouma, Azpilicueta, Tomori, Jorginho, Kovacic, Mount, Abraham, Willian.
Mason Mount could feature for Chelsea. Mount limped out of the defeat by Valencia with a nasty-looking ankle injury after he was caught by a late challenge from Francis Coquelin, but Lampard has not ruled out the young midfielder.
N’Golo Kante has recovered from an ankle injury and his general fitness will be assessed. Callum Hudson-Odoi should return from his Achilles injury next week.
A Look At Liverpool’s Betting Odds
Champions League holders Liverpool began the defence of their trophy with a 2-0 defeat at Napoli after conceding twice late on.
Dries Mertens converted from the spot in the 82nd minute before Virgil Van Dijk lost the ball on the edge of the area in stoppage time, allowing former Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente to pounce.
The Reds lacked a cutting edge but would have been worthy of a point at the intimidating Stadio San Paolo, judged on the majority of play.
Jurgen Klopp said: “When we conceded to go 1-0 down, that was the game changer. We have to accept the result.
“We are really critical of ourselves but it was not a really, really bad performance; it was a game which we could have won at Napoli, but we didn’t because we didn’t score.”
Liverpool have been clinically efficient in the Premier League, rattling off five straight wins to storm five points clear at the top of the table.
This is a first big away test, though, and they beat only one of the other big six teams on the road last term, when edging out Tottenham 2-1 at Wembley.
Klopp was content to share the spoils when visiting this venue, Emirates Stadium and Old Trafford, while they went down narrowly at Manchester City.
It was 1-1 when they travelled to Stamford Bridge almost 12 months ago and 27/4 for a repeat of that scoreline completes our Chelsea vs Liverpool betting tips.
Last Liverpool line-up: Adrian, Van Dijk, Robertson, Matip, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Milner, Henderson, Firmino, Mane, Salah.
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker and midfielder Naby Keita have returned to training but are not yet in contention. Striker Divock Origi (ankle) is also unlikely to feature at Stamford Bridge.
CHELSEA 0-1 Valencia
Napoli 2-0 LIVERPOOL
Head-to-head: Liverpool 2-2 Chelsea, Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea, Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool, Liverpool 1-2 Chelsea
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