Premier League Betting 21/22: Liverpool vs Chelsea Match Preview

Posted By Alex Blowers on August 27, 2021

This Saturday, Chelsea travels to Anfield to face Liverpool for the biggest game of the season so far. The game will be shown live on NBC and Peacock, with kick-off scheduled for 12:30PM EST. Read on for my match preview, bringing you all the latest team news, recent form, and stats to help you make better Premier League betting choices.

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Premier League Betting Liverpool vs Chelsea Match Preview

LIVERPOOL

CompetitionOpponentHome/AwayShots ForShots AgainstGoals ForGoals AgainstPossessionxG ForxG AgainstxG Difference
Premier LeagueNorwich CityAway19143050%1.791.33+0.46
Premier LeagueBurnleyHome2792067%2.640.69+1.95
Total / Average46 / 2323 / 11.55 / 2.50 / 058.5%4.43 / 2.2152.02 / 1.01+2.41 / +1.205

Stats taken from UnderStat

Premier League Betting Liverpool vs Chelsea Match Preview

Out: None
Doubtful: None
Suspended: None
Coach: Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp has a full squad to pick from, and I’m confident he will go with experience for their first big game of the season. In Andrew Robertson‘s absence, Konstantinos Tsimikas has impressed at left-back, but the Scotland captain will return to the starting lineup.

Fabinho was left out of the squad last weekend’s game against Burnley after his father passed away. It’s possible the Brazilian could miss this game as well, but I think he will start alongside Jordan Henderson and Thiago in the midfield three. Up top, Diogo Jota will keep his place ahead of Roberto Firmino after scoring in both of Liverpool’s Premier League matches.

Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain is expected to be on the bench after taking some time away for the birth of his child.

CHELSEA

CompetitionOpponentHome/AwayShots ForShots AgainstGoals ForGoals AgainstPossessionxG ForxG AgainstxG Difference
UEFA Super CupVillarrealNeutral20171162%1.080.46+0.62
Premier LeagueCrystal PalaceHome1343062%1.190.32+0.87
Premier LeagueArsenalAway2262065%3.640.63+3.01
Total / Average55 / 18.3327 / 96 / 21 / 0.3363%5.91 / 1.971.41 / 0.47+4.5 / +1.5

Stats taken from UnderStat

Premier League Betting Liverpool vs Chelsea Match Preview

Out: None
Doubtful: Christian Pulišić (Covid), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Covid)
Suspended: None
Coach: Thomas Tuchel

Thomas Tuchel also has a full squad to select from, with Christian Pulišić and Ruben Loftus-Cheek the only doubts. The pair of them tested positive for Covid last week, and it’s possible they could return for this game.

I think Ben Chilwell will come in for Marcos Alonso at left wing-back despite his excellent start to the season. Chilwell is stronger defensively and will be tasked with keeping Trent Alexander-Arnold quiet. N’Golo Kanté will take Mateo Kovačić‘s place in central midfield. The French international is

I’m making a bold prediction here and going with Timo Werner starting behind Romelu Lukaku in place of Kai Havertz. Werner’s pace, pressing, energy, and work rate will cause Liverpool problems.

LIVERPOOL VS CHELSEA PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING TIPS

I went with Under 2.5 Goals on Monday’s High Press Podcast, and I’m sticking with it. Neither side has conceded a goal in the Premier League yet, and Liverpool have only allowed their two opponents to register six shots on target whilst Chelsea have allowed four.

Last season Tuchel had Chelsea’s back three sit deep with their two defensive midfielders screening to restrict the opposition’s chances of getting in behind. He will instruct his players to do the same here, and Kanté will be tasked with pressing Liverpool’s midfield three. Jorginho will be recycling possession and dictating the tempo of the game.

We saw against Arsenal last weekend how devastating Lukaku can be with his back to goal. Chelsea were able to play the ball into his feet multiple times, and Pablo Mari had a horrible afternoon marking him. Liverpool won’t be that naive, and I think Klopp will have Fabinho and Henderson sitting deep in front of Virgil van Dijk and Joël Matip to block Chelsea’s passing lanes.

If one of these sides does score first, they’ll shut up shop to defend their lead and invite the other to try and break them down.

BETTING TIPS: Under 2.5 Goals -125

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