Liverpool vs Chelsea: Reds to deliver first blow
Liverpool vs Chelsea Match Preview and Predictions
Liverpool and Chelsea meet twice in the space of four days with this EFL Cup clash followed by a Premier League showdown at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
[All odds correct at time of publication]
The Reds have made a sensational start to the season, sitting top of the Premier League and winning all seven games in all competitions.
Chelsea remain unbeaten this term but their six-game winning streak came to an end following a goalless draw at West Ham on Sunday.
When is it? Wednesday 26th September
What time is kick-off? 19:45
Where is it being played? Anfield
Which channel is it on? Sky Sports Main Event
Liverpool vs Chelsea Betting Tips
Here are our best tips for the match and we also have a range of other markets available:
No team has lifted the League Cup more times than Liverpool's eight - although their last time came in 2011/12 when they beat Cardiff on penalties.
The Reds lost 2-0 at Leicester at this stage last season but will be keen to continue their 100 per cent start to the season and get an edge over Chelsea, who they face again at Stamford Bridge on Saturday in a top-of-the-table encounter.
EFL Cup betting tips
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Chelsea have won this competition on five occasions - 2014/15 their last success - and advanced to the semi-finals last season, drawing 0-0 at home before a 2-1 defeat at Arsenal in the second leg.
Liverpool's record against Chelsea, though, does not make good viewing having won just two of their last 14 meetings.
This fixture would have been fruitful in the both teams to score market in six of their last seven encounters, with 14 of the last 18 games between the two also seeing both teams scoring.
Changes will be made by both sides for the tie so 6/10 for both teams to score is an obvious choice to begin our Liverpool vs Chelsea betting tips.
First goalscorer tips
Daniel Sturridge marked his first start of the season - and the first Champions League start of his Liverpool career - with a goal in the dramatic 3-2 win over PSG at Anfield on Matchday 1.
The former Chelsea striker has seen his playing time at Anfield restricted due to the form of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino but is expected to be given the nod here. He is always a threat and can be backed at 4/1 to open the scoring.
Anytime goalscorer tips
Oliver Giroud's last goal for Chelsea came in a 1-0 win against Liverpool in May. The World Cup winner has often been deployed from the bench but this is a game where he could well be on the pitch from the off.
Giroud offers a physical presence up front and possesses the ability to hold the ball up and bring team-mates into play. He is 21/10 to score at anytime at Anfield.
Where the game will be won or lost
There is genuine belief Liverpool can end their 28-year wait for a league title this season.
Jurgen Klopp's side have swept aside all before them so far this term but now face a run of games which will put their hopes of silverware to the test.
Following this tie, the Reds face Chelsea in London in the league on Saturday before a trip to Naples in the Champions League and a home clash with domestic champions Manchester City.
With Salah, Mane and Firminho on fire, Liverpool have scored at least twice in all but one game this term and picked up their first clean sheet in four games when swatting Southampton to one side at the weekend.
Chelsea's 1-0 win at PAOK Salonika in the Champions League last week was the first time Maurizio Sarri's men had been held to one goal all season and they were then left frustrated by a goalless draw with West Ham on Sunday.
Both teams are expected to make changes with plenty of football to be played over the course of the next month but we fancy Liverpool to win and both teams scoring at 49/20 for the second or our free football tips and the Reds to win 2-1 in the correct score market at 8/1 to round off our Liverpool vs Chelsea predictions.
Traders' Tips - View from the trading floor
Both teams will be more focused on Premier League success after impressive starts to the season and are unlikely to field their strongest teams. That could result in a scrappy match compared to Saturday's league game so back the scores to still be level after 90 minutes.