We preview Saturday's headlining Premier League fixture as Chelsea look to beat Liverpool for the second time in four days.
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Liverpool v Chelsea (1730 KO, BT Sport 1)
Liverpool's 100% start to the season was brought to an end by Chelsea in midweek, now the Blues will be hoping to stop their perfect beginning to the Premier League campaign.
A moment of brilliance from substitute Eden Hazard helped Maurizio Sarri's side book their place in the fourth round draw of the Carabao Cup.
Both teams fielded much-changed sides, so expect a different sort of game on Saturday evening.
Jurgen Klopp admitted a new-look midfield at Anfield on Wednesday did not help his side and he should revert to the trusty XI which tops the table after six games.
They have looked impressive this season, it must be said, and so have Chelsea under Sarri.
The Italian was appointed in July and his methods have soon come across, with the Blues collecting 16 points from 18.
Given the football played by both sides so far, it promises to be an exciting top-of-the-table clash.
Score prediction: Chelsea 2-2 Liverpool (Sky Bet odds: /1)
As entertaining as this match could be, with both sides' first choice XIs out, it could be difficult to separate them at Stamford Bridge. If it was at Anfield, the temptation would be to go with Liverpool but in London they would no doubt be happy to return to the north west with a point.
Best bet: Draw at 45/17
Both quality sides, they should be well matched. A draw and BTTS boosts the odds to 17/5.
Goalscorer bet: Eden Hazard anytime at 15/8
Considering Mo Salah is evens in some places, a best price of 15/8 for Eden Hazard to score anytime catches the eye after his cameo performance in midweek.
The Belgian was the thorn in Liverpool's side on Wednesday and he has been the key man for Chelsea so far this season.
Like with Hazard, Salah and all players at the top level, it is one thing knowing their main threats but another being able to stop them.
For greater odds anytime, Pedro has found the back of the net three times this term and is available at 3/1. Set pieces could also be key in this game with a high corner count expected and Virgil van Dijk can be backed at a general price of 14/1 anytime.
With goals expected, both sides' dangermen could get on the score sheet, while corners could be expected with both teams averaging around six per game while the magnitude of the fixture means cards aplenty should be shown.
Opta pre-match facts
- Chelsea haven’t won consecutive home Premier League games against Liverpool since a run of three victories between October 2004 and September 2006 under Jose Mourinho.
- Liverpool’s run of 14 league games without a clean sheet against Chelsea is their longest such run against a specific opponent in the top-flight since a streak of 17 against Blackburn (between 1947 and 1995).
- Liverpool have only lost more Premier League games versus Manchester United (28) than against Chelsea (20).
- Liverpool are looking to win their first seven games to a top-flight campaign for only the second time, also doing so in 1990-91. The only side to win their opening seven games to a Premier League campaign were Chelsea in 2005-06 (first nine).
- No side has scored more first half goals than Liverpool in the Premier League this season (10, level with Man City), while the Reds are the only side yet to concede in the opening 45 minutes.
- Liverpool have only won one of their last eight away Premier League games against fellow ‘big six’ opponents (D3 L4), though it was against Spurs this season.
- Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has scored five goals in his last six Premier League starts against Liverpool, including the winner in this exact fixture last season.
- Chelsea’s Eden Hazard has scored four goals in his last two Premier League home games – as many as he had in his previous 17 at Stamford Bridge in the competition.
- Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has won two of his three Premier League away games against Chelsea (67%) – the best win rate for visiting managers at Stamford Bridge in the competition (minimum 3 games).
- Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane have created more chances for each other than any other pair in the Premier League so far this season (10).
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Odds correct as of 1500 BST 27/09/18