Liverpool v Chelsea Carabao Cup Betting Preview
Liverpool and Chelsea face off for first of 2 games in 4 days tonight in the Carabao Cup. The 2 meet again in the Premier League on Saturday, so it will be interesting to see how the teams line up at Anfield. Bet UK brings you the latest football betting tips and odds for Liverpool v Chelsea including a number of Bet UK Boosts.
Our featured boost for the match is BTTS, Draw and Hazard to score anytime was 15/2, now 10/1*.
Liverpool’s Run in the 17/18 Carabao Cup
3rd Round - Leicester City 2-0 Liverpool
Liverpool’s first team looks to be one of the strongest in Europe, but the Carabao Cup will be a real test as Jurgen Klopp starts to rotate his squad around. Beyond the first XI, Liverpool aren’t as strong as some of their rivals. Klopp might have to start prioritising certain competitions, starting with tonight’s game against Chelsea. A front 3 of Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have all got off to goal scoring starts this season, but may be given a rest tonight. Daniel Sturridge was the man to replace Firmino against PSG last week, but it remains to be seen who else could step up to the plate. If Sturridge is picked again, he will be eager to score against one of his old clubs.
Chelsea’s Run in the 17/18 Carabao Cup
3rd Round - Chelsea 5-1 Nottingham Forest
4th Round - Chelsea 2-1 Everton
QF - Chelsea 2-1 Bournemouth
SF L1 - Chelsea 0-0 Arsenal
SF L2 - Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea
The Carabao Cup is the first chance to Maurizio Sarri to win silverware at Stamford Bridge, so he will be expected to give the competition a real go. Travelling to Anfield in the 3rd round isn’t an ideal start, but with both teams expected to rest players, it still offers a good chance to progress. Pedro, Antonio Rudiger and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are all absent with injury, but Chelsea still have plenty of talent to call upon. Assistant manager Gianfranco Zola hinted that youngsters Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ethan Ampadu could be in line for a start tonight, with both players impressing so far this season. After losing his starting XI place to Olivier Giroud, Alvaro Morata will be expecting to start at Anfield.
Liverpool v Chelsea Head to Head Record
Liverpool and Chelsea have a historic record against each other, commonly playing against each other in the Champions League and the FA Cup. The 2 don’t meet as often in the league cup, but have still faced each other 3 times in the last 7 years. The last time the 2 teams met was in the 2014/15 semi final. The first leg at Anfield finished 1-1, after Raheem Sterling equalised in the second half for Liverpool. The second leg went to extra time, with away goals having no effect in the League Cup. Branislav Ivanovic scored in the 94th minute and Chelsea held on to reach the final, a 2-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur. This season, we expect the games to be just as close.
Bet UK’s Football Betting Tips
Liverpool are known for scoring plenty of goals and having entertaining matches. No matter what team Klopp chooses, goals can come from all over the pitch, but the main worry comes in defence. Virgil Van Dijk is a doubt, and Dejan Lovren is still missing with injury. Joe Gomez and Joel Matip have both played this season and will be expecting to start, but they have never played together. The Chelsea front line will be hoping to nick a goal against the newly formed partnership.
Elsewhere in the Carabao Cup
Liverpool v Chelsea isn’t the only match that Bet UK has the latest football betting odds for. Arsenal take on Brentford at the Emirates, with the away side boasting the highest scorer in England in Neal Maupay. The Premier League outfit should still have enough quality to win though, and Bet UK offers football betting odds of 9/1* for Arsenal to win 2-0.
At the City Ground, Nottingham Forest face Stoke after already knocking out Premier League side Newcastle United. Forest have been the more impressive of the sides this season, only losing once. Bet UK’s online betting offers odds of 29/20* for Forest to win in 90 minutes.
West Ham face the lowest ranked team left in the competition, Macclesfield Town. Macclesfield are currently bottom of the football league, and we don’t expect their trip to the London Stadium to be any easier. West Ham to score over 3.5 goals is 6/5* with Bet UK’s online betting.
The final fixture of the night is Tottenham v Watford at the Stadium MK. Wembley is unavailable and Spurs’ new stadium still isn’t ready, but the change in ground shouldn’t affect them too much. Although Watford have had the brighter start to the season, Bet UK offers football betting odds of 29/20* for Spurs to win and both teams to score.
*All odds from Bet UK’s online betting correct at the time of writing.