Frank Lampard boys’ Face Rampant Reds
Last updated: September 18, 2019 by Leon Marshal
|Last Meeting:||Liverpool 2 – 2 Chelsea|
Chelsea and Liverpool face each other for the second time this season after their UEFA Super Cup encounter in Istanbul. In the blue corner, a well-developed and growing team under their new manager Frank Lampard. In the red corner, the European Champions are growing in confidence with a perfect record and a record five-point lead after five games. Both teams suffered shock European defeats mid-week, just a blip?
“You can’t win anything with kids”, Alan Hansen must be dreading this new-look Chelsea that has the young, energetic, and vibrant English trio of Fikayo Tomori, Tammy Abraham, and Mason Mount. Lampard had a remit to build a youthful team, and so far he is delivering. The last time the team had three English goal scorers aged 21 and below was in the 1992-93 season when Eddie Newton, Neil Shipperley, and Graham Stuart made their mark. All Chelsea goals so far this season have been netted by home-grown English contingent; Mount (3), Tomori (1), and Abraham’s seven goals in the last three games make him the hottest young property in the Premier League. Lampard’s ability to make changes has proven useful. The manager changed to a back three for the first time heading to the Molineux Stadium. A tactical strategy that proved decisive as Chelsea curbed Wolves counters attacking threat to win the match 5 – 2. However, Chelsea are inconsistent; current league form reads LDWDW.
Lack of consistency is not a label you can put on Chelsea’s opponents this weekend as Liverpool became the first team in top-flight history to win 14 consecutive matches while scoring more than one goal. The Premier League is regarded as the best league in the world as the margins are so narrow, Klopp’s side lost once last season and still finished second losing the league by a single point despite achieving a club record 97 points last season. They are on the right track with five wins in five games and a five-point lead against the defending Champions. You can understand the belief in every Liverpool fan that maybe this could be the season that they go all the way to winning their first-ever Premier League title and end their 29-year wait for the league title.
Mane and Salah are the players to watch out for with 31 goals and 30 goals respectively since the start of last season as well as their star man and considered the most underrated player in the Premier League Roberto Firmino. A circus ringmaster with the Brazilian touch and magical movements to delivery his sorcery as the focal point in one of the best-attacking sides in Europe. Even without doing the business on the field, Liverpool’s rivals are giving them a helping hand. Game week 5 saw most notably Manchester City and Arsenal drop points despite scoring two goals. Liverpool’s main concern would be the goalkeeping department with Alison Becker still out, the new guy with the gloves (Adrian) is still looking shaky having kept just one clean sheet in the last five.
If Liverpool have a weakness, it is on the road, as shown in Tuesday’s 2-0 Champions’ League Group E defeat away at Napoli. Not that Liverpool will care, they lost all three away games in last year’s group stage but still lifted the trophy. Problems at Chelsea seem more deep-rooted, the excellence of youth masking inconsistency, they seem to be treading water to see if the transfer embargo will be lifted in January.
Chelsea’s eleven goals this season have been scored by players 21 years and under. Abraham, who is the Premier League top scorer, has seven goals.
Chelsea have a good away record with two wins in three; it’s their home record that is worrying. Drawing their two matches home games and sitting sixth on the table with eight points.
Liverpool top the Premier League table after a perfect start with a five-point lead to title rivals Manchester City. This is the most prominent lead ever in the Premier League after five games.
Liverpool duo Mane (4) and Salah (4) goals are in fine scoring form. Chelsea have already conceded 11, Liverpool just 4.
|Chelsea (3-4-2-1):||Arrizabalaga, Rudiger, Christensen, Tomori, Azpilicueta, M.Alonso, Jorginho, Kovacic, Mount, Abraham, Willian|
|Subs:||Caballero, Zouma, Christensen, Barkley, Giroud, Pedro, Pulisic|
|Injured:||Hudson-Odoi, Loftus-Cheek, Emerson|
|Liverpool (4-3-3):||Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Salah, Firmino, Mane|
|Subs:||Kelleher, Gomez, Milner, Shaqiri, Lovren, Henderson, Lallana|
|Injured:||Alisson, Keita, Clyne|
So Far This Season
|Chelsea This Season||Liverpool This Season|
|2 (2)||Wins (away)||5 (2)|
|5 – 2 v Wolves||Biggest Win||3 – 0 v Arsenal|
|2 (0)||Draws (away)||0 (0)|
|0 – 4 Man United||Biggest Defeat||0|
|Abraham (7)||Top Goal Scorer||Mane, Salah (4)|
|Y8, R0||Discipline||Y2, R0|
|1||Failures to Score||0|
|20%||Both Teams to Score Games||80%|
|80%||Over 2.5 Goals||100%|
|20%||Under 2.5 Goals||0%|
- Chelsea and Liverpool have played 54 matches head-to-head so far; both teams have 20 wins, with the teams sharing the spoils on 14 occasions.
- Liverpool are the second-highest scoring team with 15 averaging three goals per match with Chelsea third on the scoring board with 11 goals averaging 2.2 goals PM.
- Quite a popular fixture as this will be the fifth meeting in less than a year. The previous five games have been pretty even with two wins each and one draw.
- Chelsea has the second-worst defensive record conceding 11 goals one more than Norwich (12) and are yet to keep a clean sheet. The visitors have conceded just four goals and keeping only one clean sheet.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|14/08/2019||UEFA Super Cup||Liverpool 2 – 2 Chelsea||Giroud 36’|
|14/04/2019||EPL||Liverpool 2 – 0 Chelsea||Mane 51′|
|29/09/2018||EPL||Chelsea 1 – 1 Liverpool||Hazard 25′|
|26/09/2018||EFL Cup||Liverpool 1 – 2 Chelsea||Sturridge 58’|
|06/05/2018||EPL||Chelsea 1 – 0 Liverpool||Giroud 32’|
Conclusion & Betting Tips
As much as we like the exciting youngsters of Chelsea, we struggle to see past a Liverpool win here. A 2-0 away win, seems about right. Liverpool may have conceded two in European action this week, but it will be a lesson learnt, and the Chelsea youngsters will suffer a frustrating afternoon. Both teams to score seems a tempting option, especially with the form of Abraham, but our boffins suggest this isn’t likely with just a 30% probability. Match-builder bets are available at bet365.