On Sunday, Liverpool (12 wins, 2 losses, 5 draws) travels to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea (12-2-6). Kickoff is set for 11:30 a.m. ET. Below, we preview the Chelsea vs. Liverpool odds and lines, and make our best EPL bets, picks and predictions.
It’s always must-watch football when two of the top three teams in the EPL square off against each other. Sadly, we won’t see what a fully healthy match may look like.
Chelsea will be without D Reece James and M Timo Werner while D Thiago Silva and F Kai Havertz doubtful. Midfielder Thiago will be sidelined for Liverpool also.
Fans will still be gifted with a show from the likes of forwards Romelu Lukaku and Mohamed Salah. This game features two of the leagues’ top four offensive and defensive squads, so there will be no shortage of talent on the pitch.
Chelsea vs. Liverpool: Odds, picks and predictions
Odds provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated Saturday at 12:15 p.m. ET.
Money line: Chelsea +165 (bet $100 to win $165) | Liverpool +160 (bet $100 to win $160) | Draw +245
Over/Under: 2.5 (O: -125 | U: +100)
Liverpool 2, Chelsea 1
Money line (ML)
“LEAN” to LIVERPOOL (+160). It’s the healthier side and is arguably the best team in the EPL regardless of health.
The Liverpool attack, especially with Chelsea likely down Silva, should have its way. Salah and F Diogo Jota are the top two scorers in the EPL and both are set to start Sunday.
Neither team is in top form. Chelsea has drawn three of its last four outings and Liverpool has lost and drawn its last two, respectively.
Defender Ben Chilwell, who has started six games for Chelsea’s backline, will also be out. Chelsea is just too short-handed to bet on, and with Liverpool closer to full strength, it’s the right side to back.
“LEAN” to the OVER 2.5 (-125). It’s going to be difficult for Chelsea, down two typical starting defenders, to handle the league-best Liverpool attack.
Consequently, it’ll have to pick up the pace. Midfielders Mason Mount, Lukaku and Christian Pulisic should all be active in this game to help counter that elite Liverpool attack.
I expect both sides to get on the board once. Liverpool has given up 16 goals in 19 matches and Chelsea has allowed 14 in 20 matches despite them both being top-tier defensive sides.
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