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Chelsea v Liverpool Review with bet365

Posted 30th October 2015

Liverpool and media darling manager Jürgen Klopp travel to Stamford Bridge this week in what is sure to be the former Dortmund manager's first real test against top class opposition.

Chelsea go into the encounter heavy favourites at 21/10 (2.10) despite their terrible run of form that has seen them claim a single win in their last seven games whilst Klopp's Liverpool are 11/4 (3.75) to edge past The Blues. Klopp remains unbeaten as yet, having secured three draws and a win since taking the reins at Anfield but it remains to be seen whether he can mount a serious challenge against last season's champions.

Both teams are blighted by injury concerns going into the match with Liverpool missing Captain Jordan Henderson as well as strikers Daniel Sturridge and Danny Ings. Christian Benteke will be fit to play after sitting out The Reds' Capital One Cup tie against Bournemouth on Wednesday and the Kop faithful will surely be looking to the powerful Belgian forward to score a vital goal and he's 21/10 (3.10) to find the net during the game.

Chelsea remain without goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and defender Branislav Ivanovic, although the latter may be a blessing in disguise with the Serbian failing to turn in many convincing appearances this season. Spanish winger Pedro and Brazilian-born Spanish striker Diego Costa are also doubts for the match which could leave Chelsea short of attacking flair when push comes to shove. With Costa doubtful, Loic Remy may well be lining up for Mourinho in the early kick off and he's 5/1 (6.00) second favourite to score the first goal in the encounter.

Despite some fans believing his impact has been minimal in recent games, Eden Hazard will be the main threat going forward against Liverpool and is just missing a few goals this season. He's still far and away Chelsea's most creative player and a reversal in his fortunes is surely on the cards soon. The young Belgian has seen plenty of backing at 12/5 (3.40) to score anytime and break his duck at Stamford Bridge this weekend.

Typically there's not many goals when Chelsea and Liverpool meet, with more than 2.5 goals coming only once in their last five matches in all competitions. With that in mind, under 2.5 goals at 3/4 (1.75) may be a shrewd selection. Another particularly attractive market in the goals is both teams to score, with three of the last five games between the two ending with both teams finding the net, and both teams to score can be backed at 5/6 (1.83).

Regardless of the outcome the match is sure to be a thriller as two heavyweights of English football collide for one of the most full-blooded matches of the Premier League season.

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*Odds accurate as of 3:00pm 30/10/2015 bet365.