Liverpool v Chelsea betting tips: First big test for title hopefuls
Liverpool v Chelsea preview and odds
Five teams in the Premier League have won their opening two matches and two of them meet at Anfield as we pick out some Liverpool v Chelsea betting tips.
Both teams have a realistic chance of challenging for the title this season and will hope to lay down a marker on Saturday evening.
Chelsea are bidding for domestic glory after May’s Champions League triumph but Liverpool are chasing a second title in three seasons and could be back to their best after the return of Virgil van Dijk from injury.
Chelsea’s fine start plus the arrival of Romelu Lukaku means they are seen as the most likely challengers to champions Manchester City, with the Blues cut to 5/2 in the outright betting while Liverpool are 4/1.
A draw is worth considering at 9/4 given that five of the 12 matches contested between the top four last season ended with the points being shared.
Liverpool will be desperate to improve on last season’s disappointing home form now Anfield is packed to the rafters again.
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They suffered six losses on home soil last season, four of which were 1-0 defeats. Three of Chelsea’s four away wins against top-half teams were also 1-0, including their trip to Liverpool in March when Mason Mount scored the only goal.
Neither side have conceded a goal in winning their opening two matches and both have scored five goals in the process.
There does not look to be much to choose between them and the scores to be level at both half-time and full-time is available at 19/5.
It promises to be a fascinating contest between Van Dijk and Lukaku, who scored on his first outing for Chelsea since returning to the club from Inter Milan.
Lukaku bullied the Arsenal defence for much of Sunday’s 2-0 win and was only denied a second goal by a superb Bernd Leno save from a second-half header.
He faces a sterner test this weekend in the shape of Van Dijk, whose importance to Liverpool was highlighted by their poor results in his absence.
Chelsea’s ability to stretch their opponents was highlighted by the way they dominated against Arsenal but can they now do the same while remaining alert to the threat of Liverpool’s front three?
It will certainly be a much tougher test for Liverpool left-back Kostas Tsimikas, who has shone in wins against Norwich and Burnley while deputising for Andy Robertson.
The signing of Lukaku has the potential to be the final piece in the Chelsea jigsaw and it was little surprise he hit the ground running last weekend.
When: 17:30, Saturday 28th August
How to watch: Sky Sports
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication