Liverpool host Chelsea at 7:45pm on Wednesday night local time, in the first of two back to the back clashes between the two sides. Next Saturday they will square off in the Premier League in what is arguably the biggest game of the season, but the first fixture will pit themselves against each other in the Carabao Cup 3rd round.

Expect both sides to play much-changed sides, but both managers will want to progress on Wednesday as it may have some psychological effect on Saturday’s match, and the rest of the season.

Home Team: Liverpool

LIVERPOOL FC BETTING.FOOTBALLLiverpool are gunning for eight wins in a row in all competitions. They couldn’t have dreamt about a more perfect start to the season, winning every possible game. The likes of Tottenham and PSG have been outplayed by Liverpool, and the fans now will surely demand some success this season, whether it will be the Premier League or the Champions League, or even a domestic cup.

It will be 7 years without a trophy for Liverpool in 2019, and their last success was in this competition, winning against Cardiff City in the final. Jurgen Klopp has managed to get this Liverpool side into three finals, the Europa League, Carabao Cup and the Champions League final, but have lost on all three occasions.

With this game perhaps having less significance than the league fixture, expect some squad players to start, such as Daniel Sturridge, Xherdan Shaqiri, Simon Mignolet, Nathaniel Clyne, Alberto Moreno, and new signing Fabinho.

Away Team: Chelsea

chelsea fc bet on footballChelsea had won their first 6 games of the season in all competitions, but unfortunately for them that run had come to an end against West Ham on Sunday. Whilst Chelsea dominated the ball, they were unable to unlock the tough West Ham defence, and on another day, could have lost had West Ham been more prolific with their chances.

With Chelsea playing many games in the Europa League, trying to maintain a title challenge, winning this Carabao Cup tie against Liverpool is probably not their main focus. However, winning here at Anfield before hosting them at Stamford Bridge may be give them a mental advantage.

Manager Mauricio Sarri says that Liverpool are ahead of Chelsea, in terms of their development, as he tries to lower his and the fans expectations. Mind games anyone?

Head to Head

The two sides have met each other so many times since the turn of the millennium, they tend to play against each other at least three times on average per season! It’s relatively 50/50 when the two sides face other, and both sides have respectable records at their opponents ground.

If we were to focus on League Cup games, they have faced each other 5 times in this competition in the last 13 years. Back in 2005, Chelsea had won the final 3-2, as Steven Gerrard famously scored an own goal to give Chelsea the advantage back in that match. Chelsea knocked Liverpool out of the League Cup two years later as well, winning 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Liverpool were finally able to defeat Chelsea in the League Cup in 2011, with a revenge 2-0 score line away from home, and their most recent meeting in this competition was a two-legged semi-final in 2015. Again, Chelsea were victorious winning 2-1 on aggregate.

Liverpool vs Chelsea Predictions and Betting Tips

Liverpool are slight favourites to win the match at 8/11, with Chelsea priced at 11/4. A draw, which would take it to extra time, is at 11/4. For Liverpool to qualify, it’s at 1/2, whilst Chelsea are at 6/5. Extra time and penalties is probably something that either side will not want considering their huge game a few days later.

I expect Liverpool to want to win this match more, so I think they will edge this game, winning 3-1 at 14/1. If you want to boost your earnings more, you can back Daniel Sturridge to score against his former club first in a 3-1 win at 40/1.

If you feel that Chelsea will bag the first goal, then Morata will look likely to start and he is at 2/1 to score at any time in the 90 minutes.

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