Liverpool FC Odds To Defeat Chelsea FC
Liverpool’s impressive unbeaten start to the season continued with a 3-1 win over Newcastle United on Saturday, which left Liverpool as the only unbeaten team in the Premier League with Manchester City losing to Norwich 3-2 in an enthralling clash at Carrow Road.
Liverpool has also won all five Premier League games sending a message to the champions Manchester City, that they are up for another title challenge this season.
Liverpool comes up against a young Chelsea side next Sunday in what will prove to be a big test not only for Liverpool but Chelsea’s young stars. Sportsbooks has odds on Liverpool winning the match opening at +100. Chelsea’s improvement in form is demonstrated by Liverpool’s decrease in odds compared to previous matches. Sportsbooks’ odds on Chelsea coming out victorious begin at +250.
Academy products Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount have performed exceptionally since being thrust in the side by Frank Lampard and after Abraham’s hattrick against Wolves on Saturday which left him as the current Premier League top scorer with seven goals, he alongside Mount who’s already scored three goals this season will be brimming with confidence.
The odds a tie between the two teams open at +260, according to sportsbooks. Despite Abraham’s form in front of goal, he’s coming up against the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year in Virgil Van Dijk, which is why sportsbooks’ odds on Abraham scoring against Liverpool open at +175.
The Influence and Importance of Roberto Firmino
While a lot of the plaudits go to Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah for Liverpool’s success over the last couple of years, Roberto Firmino’s effect on the team and the philosophy goes relatively unnoticed. Firmino’s high energy style and his pressing from the front allow Liverpool to close down and win the ball back from the opponents which allow them to bomb forward and score goals. It all starts with Firmino.
His fast start to the season with two goals and four assists has forced people to realize his talent and importance to what Jurgen Klopp has implemented in the side since his arrival in 2015. Liverpool was tied 1-1 with Newcastle before Firmino’s arrival in the 37th minute due to an injury to Divock Origi.
Firmino intercepted Christian Atsu just a minute after coming on before slotting in Sadio Mane who dispatched his second of the game after Martin Dubravka failed to hold onto the ball. In the 70th minute, he played a scrumptious backheel into Mohamed Salah who increased the lead to 3-1, confirming Firmino’s second assist of the night and a man of the match performance for the Brazilian.
Liverpool has lost just once against Chelsea in the Premier League in the last five years, with Liverpool having the best of Chelsea last time out in a 2-0 victory last April courtesy of a Mohamed Salah wonder-strike.
Liverpool came out victorious against Chelsea on penalties in the Super Cup Final in August, but they will come up against an in-form Tammy Abraham and Chelsea’s best defender in Antonio Rudiger who missed the Super Cup through injury. Liverpool’s front three have a challenge ahead of them while Abraham will be looking to earn his stripes against the best defender in the world in Virgil Van Dijk
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