Round six of the Premier League season is full of treats with a full 10-match fixture list played out between Friday night and Sunday afternoon. Five of those games will be shown live on TV courtesy of Sky Sports and BT Sport.
This is great news for armchair fans and sports bettors looking to build nice priced accumulators but there can be no doubting the main attraction. Game of the round takes pride of place on Super Sunday from 4.30pm as giants of the English game Chelsea and Liverpool go toe-to-toe at Stamford Bridge. Will the Reds continue their 100% start, or can Frank Lampard’s Chelsea prove they remain a force in the title race?
Major online bookmakers have had their say on this match and have Liverpool as the most likely victors. That will come as no major surprise to followers of English football’s top tier but there is more value around than you might expect. Liverpool are even money at Unibet and that’s better than the 19/20 generally available. Prefer home comforts? Chelsea have been scratched up at 5/2 with Ladbrokes to secure the bragging rights. Betfair offer a market best price 14/5 for the draw if you can’t split them.
Lampard’s Blues Are Improving
Chelsea suffered a mixed bag of results in the early exchanges of Frank Lampard’s return. The new boss didn’t have his problems to seek during August and after putting together a team of youth and hunger, he was forced to watch on as his recruits cut their teeth. Chelsea claimed only one of the first six points available to them, following a defeat with a draw in week two. Their stats now stand at two wins, a couple of draws and that one loss.
Far from convincing and the eight points on the board has them level with West Ham United down in eighth and Tottenham in third. Defeat here would stick a pin in their already slim hopes of winning the Premier League title come spring. Finishing in the top four and securing Champions League football next season is the team’s main objective, however. To have the best chance of achieving that they must turn Stamford Bridge into a fortress again, similar to the glory days.
The home side line-up for this match unbeaten in four games and they were last seen beating Wolves on the road. The Londoners blasted their way to a stunning 5-2 victory that day. The points were achieved thanks to goals from Tomori, Mount and an Abraham hat-trick. Lampard declared himself delighted when speaking to the press at full-time, especially with the performance and goal of Fikayo Timori. Both teams to score in a Chelsea win is quoted at 5/1 by bet365.
Reds Five Games Unbeaten
Liverpool trip to the big smoke with a perfect five-match winning run behind them. That ensures they board the team bus with confidence sky high and the early feeling amongst pundits is that Jurgen Klopp’s side will improve on last season’s effort and win the Premier League. It has been a long time coming for the club, but they haven’t put a foot wrong so far and already have a five-point cushion over champions and nearest rivals Man City.
The stats so far show Liverpool are not only the form team of the division, they have also scored 15 goals in five games and conceded just four at the other end. No side has conceded fewer goals at the time of writing than the league leaders and that will put a smile on the face of Klopp. Draws proved costly to Liverpool last season but they appear to have mastered the act of winning ugly, turning one point into three and that will make all the difference in the latter stages of the campaign.
The visitors were last seen beating Newcastle at Anfield last Saturday in a thriller that was typical of this fixture. The Toon Army took an early lead through Willems on seven minutes but that was matched by Mane who scored the first of a double on 28. Salah got the spare to give the league leaders a comfortable win over the course of the 90 minutes. Jurgen Klopp told fans he only started to enjoy the match after 35 minutes. Both teams to score again on Sunday is 4/7 at William Hill.
- Two of the last three renewals of this fixture have ended in a draw
- Sadio Mane netted a double when the pair met in the European Super Cup last month
- Both teams have scored in three of the last four renewals
- Liverpool haven’t lost to Chelsea since September 2018
- Sadio Mane has scored three goals in two games against Chelsea