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Liverpool vs Chelsea Preview

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The stars have truly aligned for this one! Liverpool will play host to a very confident Chelsea side on Saturday evening, and I tell you what, you don’t want to miss this one.

A side who feeds off their home fans will have all 53 394 seats filled, their first-choice centre back Virgil van Dyk is fit and ready and the effervescent Jurgen Klopp – albeit without glasses – holding it all together.

Chelsea on the other hand have their own German leader and are completed with their big Belgian striker leading the line and likely licking his lips to have a go at VVD. Dare I say it, this could be one of the games of the season. So, sit back, relax, and make sure you come away with some extra coinage of your own when it’s all said and done.

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English Premier League
Saturday 28 August
Anfield
18:30

To Win
Liverpool 15/10
Draw 23/10
Chelsea 18/10

Liverpool

You would be a seriously brave punter to take on Liverpool here, since they are without injury now and will have their faithful followers clamoring back into Anfield for every home game.

It would be remiss of me not to mention that on Saturday afternoon, colours and pride aside, as a football fan surely you enjoyed listening to ‘You’ll never walk alone’ being sung with all the passion and love we have come to know and at the very least appreciate. Anfield will be rocking on Saturday evening and I’m almost harping on about it because it truly is that big of a factor – let alone in games such as these.

I wouldn’t say that Liverpool are back to their heightened best, but Jurgen Klopp has certainly put his side on the path to glory once again. They have a full complement of players available, littered with talent and depth in every area, but I think Liverpool might still have problems…however, they are all the right ones to have.

Andy Robertson was named on the bench against Burnley and I’m very intrigued to see whether Klopp gives him the nod over Konstantinos Tsimikas. The Greek defender has taken to Liverpool effortlessly and naturally already begun offering important value. We know how important attacking defenders are to the Liverpool model, so how that selection headache plays out will be fascinating.

Another exciting avenue is of course how van Dijk deals with Romelu Lukaku. Of course, when you have a big target striker upfront you are inclined to forgive sides who knock the ball around until they look for a direct option isolating the striker and defender into a 1v1 duel. That will happen often and given how intelligent and confident the Dutch defender is I don’t think it’s as easy as you might expect to bully him.

Liverpool is among the best at catching sides offside and van Dijk’s movement and leadership often sees him in the last ranks dictating the movement of the Reds’ last line. The difference, however, is I don’t suspect Lukaku will want to let the ball run, he’ll likely welcome and relish the physical challenge. I’m not sure where van Dijk’s mentality is after his injury but if he’s hesitant don’t be surprised to see him come off second best all game.

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Chelsea

This Chelsea side is seriously dangerous. I know its early to start talking about Champions, but there is surely no doubt they will contest that top spot come May next year.

They are a side full of understanding, physicality, skill, and pace. They have a clear identity and obviously trust their manager. The brilliance of Thomas Tuchel still resides in his ability to put this Chelsea side together to ensure defensive resilience without compromising on his attacking potency.

The numbers don’t lie. Since the German took office, Chelsea are top in the land for clean sheets (13) and shots on target (123). How can anyone argue that the foundation and potential for this team not to challenge anyone in the League, anywhere…doesn’t exist?

You add to this equation, the addition of Romelu Lukaku, a proven goal scorer and quality striker, someone who, importantly, has played in the League before and will understand the level and pace at which the game in England is played. He’ll also play with a chip on his shoulder and from experience you would suggest that is when you get the best out of him.

His first game against Arsenal had him bullying defenders and just assaulting them really. Aggressively wanting to drive Chelsea forward, holding up the ball and bringing others into an attacking space, and then of course shushing the home crowd after putting their bitter rivals in front.

This will be a game full of attrition, but I’m not as convinced by Liverpool at the moment as I am Chelsea. While Liverpool seems to have found the path again and are now finding their feet, Chelsea is tearing up the path and imposing their will and confidence on everything in sight.

Prediction: Chelsea Win (18/10)
I’m not necessarily one for blindly chasing odds, but at 37/20 I am all over Chelsea. I think they win this game – and I don’t doubt it will be an absolute cracker. I feel the Blues are better suited to control it and take their chances in difficult moments. I guess this makes me a brave punter. Get on!

Written by Ryan Liberty