Chelsea vs Liverpool – Match Preview
It may only be week two of the Premier League season, but it is fair to say that we have our biggest clash so far on the horizon and with Chelsea playing host to Liverpool, this could prove to be a genuine test of the hosts championship credentials.
Admittedly the title cannot be won this early in the season, but it does at least provide both clubs the opportunity to put down a proverbial marker and the ability to take points off a potential title rival.
While both clubs come into this encounter having picked up opening weekend victories, as Chelsea made light work of Brighton on Monday and Liverpool made incredibly difficult work of Leeds two nights before.
As far as Jurgen Klopp’s men are concerned, the 4-3 win over promoted Leeds did at least highlight their attacking endeavour, as they took the lead on four separate occasions and have Mohamed Salah to thank for his match winning hat-trick.
At the same time, conceding three goals to Marcelo Bielsa’s men did suggest that the defence had something of an off day and you get the feeling, that if that continues they will not be able to attack their way out of trouble each week.
In terms of Chelsea’s performance away at Brighton, it was relatively routine and even though the hosts did offer a slight scare in the second half, the Blues overwhelming quality was an attribute that shone in the end.
Chelsea have often been accused of being porous themselves when it comes to defence, although with new arrivals Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell ready to be welcomed into the fold, those issues should soon be ironed out.
With those two not featuring against the Seagulls, the focus was shifted to the German pair of Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, as they made their debut for the Blues and you would have to say that a lot more is still to come for either player.
Of course, it is far too early to proclaim either a transfer bust, while it is fixtures such as the one on Sunday, which is the real reason that either player has been purchased and if they can turn in a match winning performance against Liverpool, they will start to pay off their hefty transfer fees.
If they do lead Chelsea to victory on Sunday, it will provide something of a shock for the bookmakers as the London outfit are priced as the outsiders, albeit not by much and at +218 on the moneyline they could be worth your consideration.
With that said, the defending champions will be a tough nut to crack and even though they nearly fluffed their opening day lines last weekend +120 for a Liverpool win, could be worth the sizeable risk.
If you think picking a winner is too close to call, they you could always opt for the goal market and both teams to score at odds of -200 looks the most tempting, in a game that should almost guarantee at least a goal at each end.