Chelsea vs Liverpool – Prediction, Odds & Betting Tips 27/02/22, Team News and Lineups
Free predictions and betting picks for Chelsea vs Liverpool
Bookmaker Ratings prediction one: Draw – 3.2
Bookmaker Ratings prediction two: Chelsea +1.0 Goal Handicap – 1.5
Jurgen Klopp has yet to get the better of his compatriot Thomas Tuchel since the latter’s arrival at Chelsea in January 2021 and Liverpool and the Blues were evenly matched in each of their two Premier League meetings this term – both of which ended all square. Sunday’s Carabao Cup Final promises to be an incredibly tense tussle and the game could well go to extra time.
Chelsea +1.0 Goal Handicap
Chelsea haven’t quite been firing on all cylinders of late, but they keep grinding out good results thanks to their rock-solid defence. The Blues have conceded just five goals in their last ten matches combined and their robust defending makes them an excellent choice at +1.0 goal in the handicap markets against Liverpool. A bet on the Londoners with a goal advantage would have landed in each of their last three meetings with the Reds.
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Preliminary review and match prediction for Chelsea vs Liverpool
The first major piece of domestic silverware is up for grabs this weekend when Chelsea and Liverpool lock horns in the Carabao Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, though most observers are having trouble picking out a winner from Sunday’s showpiece showdown.
While the Reds are in better form than Chelsea, certainly from a goal-scoring perspective at least, Jurgen Klopp has yet to mastermind a victory over his fellow German Thomas Tuchel since the ex-PSG boss filled the hotseat at Stamford Bridge.
When the teams last met in January, Chelsea battled back from two goals down to parity in a 2-2 draw in London, though the outcome could have really swung either way in the dying embers.
Indeed, each of the last two skirmishes between the big hitters have finished all square and Sunday’s final has the makings of another battle for inches and fine margins.
Tuchel’s 3-4-3 formation seems an excellent tactical fit to counter Klopp’s aggressive 4-4-3 setup and Chelsea will hope to neutralise the Reds’ threat down either flank this weekend.
Chelsea have conceded just five goals in their last ten matches combined in all competitions and while their struggles going in the other direction have been well documented, the Blues are defensively sound enough to frustrate their opponents from Merseyside.
With record signing Romelu Lukaku particularly lacklustre, Chelsea could struggle to make life uncomfortable for Liverpool’s backline however, and a chess-like battle with play concentrated in midfield could ensue.
Chelsea and Liverpool have been difficult to separate this season and bettors could find value in backing a draw at full time on Sunday, with extra time and possibly penalty kicks to follow.
With his attackers misfiring, Thomas Tuchel has made defending well his primary focus at Chelsea and six of the club’s last nine matches have produced under 2.5 goals as a consequence. Two of the Blues’ last three tussles with Liverpool also saw two or fewer goals scored and at 1.67, you can back another low-scoring clash to develop in Sunday’s Carabao Cup Final.
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Sunday’s cup final could well go all the way to penalty kicks and recent history would suggest that Chelsea would come out on top if any tense spot kick lottery took place. The Blues have won each of their last three penalty shootouts and six of their last nine overall, while Liverpool were on the losing side in four of their last seven shootouts. You can back the Blues to prevail on spot kicks at huge 10.0 odds with William Hill.
Chelsea vs Liverpool first goalscorer
We’re thinking a little bit outside the box for our first goalscorer pick for Sunday. In a game where margins are likely to be slender, the deadlock could be broken from a set piece and Thiago Silva is an interesting prospect at 19.0 in that scenario. Chelsea’s veteran centre half has already scored three headed goals from set plays this term and the 37-year-old knows how to produce on the big occasion.
Chelsea vs Liverpool Team News
Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Hakim Ziyech and Mateo Kovacic are all in a race to be fit for Sunday’s game, though Ben Chilwell is a long term absentee and won’t play.
Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota are both injury worries for Liverpool, though Jurgen Klopp will hope to have the latter available.
Chelsea: Mendy – Christensen, Thiago Silva, Rudiger – Azpilicueta, Kante, Kovacic, Alonso – Mount, Pulisic, Havertz
Liverpool: Alisson – Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson – Fabinho, Henderson, Thiago – Diaz, Mane, Salah
Former Chelsea forward Mohamed Salah has been in scintillating form this season and the Egyptian attacker found the net twice against Leeds in midweek, bringing his haul up to 27 goals in all competitions. Salah scored in each of his last two appearances against Chelsea and the 29-year-old would love to punish the team that rejected him again in Sunday’s Carabao Cup Final.
Most popular FAQ for Chelsea vs Liverpool
Who won the last meeting between these clubs?
Chelsea and Liverpool drew 2-2 when the last met on January 2nd.
Where will this fixture be played?
Sunday’s Carabao Cup Final will be played at Wembley Stadium.
Which bookmaker has the best odds for this game?
We recommend checking out the odds at William Hill for Chelsea vs Liverpool.
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