Chelsea vs Liverpool: Betting Preview

On Sunday, the biggest game of the Premier League weekend takes place, as Chelsea welcome league leaders Liverpool to Stamford Bridge. Frank Lampard’s side will be aiming to stop Liverpool’s winning streak that stretches to 14 games.

Both sides enter the fixture off the back of midweek Champions League defeats. For Liverpool, another loss followed their latest trip to Naples, with Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli side again proving the European kryptonite to the Supermen of the Premier League. Meanwhile, Chelsea suffered defeat at the hands of crisis club Valencia, who, despite taking the unpopular decision of sacking manager Marcelino, were able to put their European experience to good use and defeat Chelsea on their own turf.

Chelsea

Much has been made of Chelsea’s reliance on youth under Frank Lampard and while the starting XI employed by the former midfielder has been incredibly young by Chelsea’s standards, it’s not groundbreakingly low for the league in general – and it is Southampton who have actually fielded the youngest starting XI in the Premier League this season. However, as mentioned, it is a massive departure for a club that has so often relied on established superstars.

So far, Chelsea have undeniably relied upon their young players. Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori have scored all of Chelsea’s Premier League goals thus far this season. New signing Christian Pulisic has just a single assist to his name while Willian and Pedro are yet to register any meaningful statistics. Chelsea’s youngsters have come up short so far in the big games they’ve faced, losing to both Manchester United and Valencia, and in the European Champions, face undoubtedly their biggest test to date.

Liverpool

Liverpool are the form team of the Premier League; unbeaten for 22 games and having won 14 consecutive games scoring two or more goals, they’ve been imperious. Following Manchester City’s surprise loss to Norwich, they’re also 5 points clear at the top of the table after just 5 games. Jurgen Klopp’s men will not be able to rest on their laurels though, having been 7 points clear of Manchester City back in December ’18 and we all know how that finished.

Defeat to Napoli could, therefore, be considered a good thing for The Reds in the grand scheme of things to come; Liverpool should be under no illusions that they are unbeatable. Losing away to Napoli in Europe is a far from unexpected result, even for the European Champions, and should prevent no obstacle to qualification from the group stage. Liverpool, you would imagine, will be keen to put things right against Chelsea and maintain their gap over Manchester City who face a mounting injury crisis in defence.

CHELSEA VS LIVERPOOL: PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

Despite being the homes side, Chelsea are not favoured to win and priced at 27/10 (3.70). A draw is also at 27/10 (3.70) while Liverpool are favourites to win at 24/25 (1.96).

Chelsea vs Liverpool: Premier League Betting Tips

Head-to-head in the Premier League, things couldn’t be tighter between the two sides. They’ve played 54 times, with each team winning 20 games (both with 14 home and 6 away wins) and 14 draws. Last season’s corresponding fixture was a 1-1 draw, while Chelsea triumphed 1-0 the season before. But this is a very different Liverpool side to those Chelsea have faced in the past. They’ve got major silverware in the cabinet and are steamrolling their way through the league. We’d back Liverpool to continue their 14-game winning streak, scoring 2 goals or more, and bet on Liverpool to win and over 2.5 goals at 14/9 (2.55).

*Odds subject to change. Odds correct at time of publishing.



Manchester United vs Leicester City: Betting Preview

On Saturday, Premier League action returns following the international break. Unbeaten Leicester City travel to Old Trafford to face a Manchester United side that is without a win since the opening day and facing a potential injury crisis.   

The two sides enter this fixture with very different atmospheres surrounding each club. Utd are all doom and gloom; from the Pogba transfer saga over the summer to their less than convincing start to the season, the Red Devils have lost much of the early optimism that surrounded the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjær. Leicester, meanwhile, have a spring in their step; they’re unbeaten and beginning to find their feet under Brendan Rodgers.

Manchester United

The term “injury crisis” is often bandied around without a great deal of justification. But in the case of Man Utd right now, it’s safe to say an injury crisis is looming. There are concerns over both full-backs, with particular concern over new signing – and one of the few bright lights in this early stage of the season – Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who was forced to withdraw from the recent England squad; Jesse Lingard was also sent home by the Three Lions with illness. Paul Pogba didn’t make the France squad due to an ankle injury and Anthony Martial missed the last fixture due to a thigh issue.

Injury concerns aside, Utd have not looked a tidy outfit even with their strongest XI on show thus far this season. Last time out against Southampton they were unable to capitalise when Saints were reduced to 10 men, prior to that they suffered a home defeat to Crystal Palace. Ole Gunnar Solskjær will be hoping that new-signing Daniel James can continue the promising start that he’s made to his Utd career and that some of the players sidelined with minor injuries can make it back into the starting line-up.

Leicester City

Ordinarily, remaining undefeated after just four games wouldn’t be considered the most impressive achievement. But when the only other sides to match such a feat are Liverpool and Manchester City, it’s ok to feel yourself a little. And under Brendan Rodgers, that’s exactly what the Foxes are beginning to do.

With Jamie Vardy leading the line, Leicester are still as devastating on the counter-attack as ever. However, with Tielemans and Maddison firmly established in the side, Leicester have now added some extra dimensions to their game. Thanks to the creativity of the two youngsters – and the ability of both to play defence-splitting passes – Leicester are now better equipped than ever to operate against the low block just as well as on the counter. Against Utd at Old Trafford, they’ll no doubt be expecting to see less of the ball. But should Utd do what teams short of confidence tend to do, and retreat towards their own box, Leicester will feel confident of breaking them down.  

MANCHESTER UNITED VS LEICESTER CITY: PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

Despite losing their last home fixture to Palace, Manchester United are slight favourites to win at odds of 26/33 (1.79), while Leicester are priced at 7/2 (4.50).

Manchester United vs Leicester City: Premier League Betting Tips

Leicester City have an appalling record at Old Trafford and have not won at the home of Manchester United since 1998, but Palace didn’t exactly have a great record either and look what they were able to do. Times are changing and Utd are no longer the juggernaut they once were; their squad far from being the envy of the league – one could argue that in Chilwell, Ndidi, Tielemans, Maddison and Vardy, Leicester have 5 players that would make it into the Utd starting XI. With that in mind, we’re backing Leicester to do a Palace and beat Utd, with a correct score of 1-2 at 11/1 (12.00).


*Odds subject to change. Odds correct at time of publishing.

Leyton Orient vs Swindon Town: Betting Preview

On Saturday, Leyton Orient host 5th placed Swindon Town as they return to League Two action. The O’s followed up a 1-1 draw at Salford with a victory over Southend United in the Football League Trophy and they’ll be hoping to carry this form into their next fixture.

At this early stage of the season, points on the board mean’s more than league position so while there may be 10 places between Leyton Orient and their opponents Swindon Town, it’s a gap of only three points that separates the sides. Secure victory and the O’s will move level on points with their opponents who currently occupy a play-off spot.

Leyton Orient

Orient’s progress thus far could be described as “steady”. With two wins, two losses and two draws, the O’s have sampled every kind of result, and done so twice! Despite making a number of changes to the line-up, Leyton Orient defeated League One Southend United in the Football League Trophy in their last outing. This followed up a 1-1 draw away at Salford City.

The last time the sides met at Brisbane Road was back in 2014, with Swindon securing a 2-1 victory. Obviously, a lot has changed since then and the O’s will hope to maintain the defensive stability that has returned of late, with just a solitary goal conceded in the last two games.

Swindon Town

Last season, Swindon Town managed almost a full season version of what Leyton Orient have done thus far, winning 16, drawing 16 and losing 14. This time out, they’ve started the season reasonably well with three wins, two draws and a loss.

Scoring goals hasn’t been a problem, with 11 so far, they’re the second-highest scorers in the league. While their defensive record isn’t the worst in the league, they have conceded over a goal a game – seven in six fixtures. On-loan striker Eoin Doyle is the clear danger man, having snaffled 5 goals and 2 assists in his 4 appearances so far.

LEYTON ORIENT VS SWINDON TOWN: LEAGUE TWO BETTING ODDS

Despite being the away side, Swindon Town are slight favourites to win the fixture at odds of 13/10 (2.30), while Leyton Orient are priced at 19/10 (2.90).

Leyton Orient vs Swindon Town: League Two Betting Tips

Swindon Town first-team coach Tommy Wright said that he’d back 0-0 if he was a betting man. While we could see a draw happening at 23/10 (3.30), we’d be mightily surprised if either side managed a shutout. So, we’ll be positive and back Leyton Orient to win 2-1 at 87/10 (9.70).

*Odds subject to change. Odds correct at time of publishing.





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