Chelsea welcome Liverpool to Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Chelsea will be hoping to bounce back from a shock defeat to Wigan last week while Liverpool will aim to continue their rich goalscoring form in recent games. It promises to be a cracker of a game, and you can watch Chelsea take on Liverpool live here.
Chelsea v Liverpool – Betting Preview
Another 33 goals last weekend officially makes this top-flight campaign the highest scoring in over 40 years, with a total of 192 Premier League goals so far this season (excluding Monday night’s match) at an average of 2.95 goals a game.
It is great news for both armchair fans and spread punters but an entertaining season for most of us usually means a disastrous season for the bookies. Estimates suggest that punters have scooped around £7million since the start of the new campaign.
Buyers of Sporting Index’s goal spreads were in for another treat, particularly those wagering their hard-earned on Sunderland’s 5-2 win over Wolves, Liverpool’s destruction of Hull and Tottenham’s five-goal thrashing of Burnley. Buyers of Robbie Keane’s goal minutes spread would have been happy with four scores from Irishman at any point in the game, but three goals in the last 15 minutes and a final make-up of 256 was beyond their wildest dreams.
Spread bettors may be unsure of the whether two of the league’s most prolific, Chelsea and Liverpool, will cancel each other out or pile on more misery for Sporting Index’s poor football traders when they play on Sunday.
Buyers of the total goals spread may know that Liverpool have scored a staggering 22 in seven games, and a great many spread buyers will get on board in the knowledge that Torres, Kuyt, Benayoun and even Babel, after his two late strikes on Saturday, are firing on all cylinders.
Buyers of any Chelsea-related goal spreads need not be jealous though with Didier Drogba having spent almost as much time celebrating goals as his critics would say he spends rolling around on the pitch. The Ivory Coast international has scored six league goals in his seven games.
With 24 meetings between the sides in the last five seasons, spread punters are not short of head-to-head research material, although conflicting conclusions could be drawn. Buyers of Chelsea’s win index spread will be pleased that the Blues have won ten of the 24, but a strong argument could also be made for selling the spread, as Liverpool have won seven times, with seven draws. A further addition to the ‘pros’ of buying Liverpool’s win index spread is that Benitez managed the league double over Chelsea last year. Carlo Ancelotti and buyers of Chelsea’s supremacy spread will take more from matches at Stamford Bridge in this time however – the Blues have won five of the 11 fixtures, to Liverpool’s one away victory here last season.
Manchester City v Aston Villa
While most spread betting attention will be on this clash between two undisputed members of the Big Four, Monday sees a contest between two of the teams trying to force their way onto the Premier League’s top table as Aston Villa host Manchester City.
Interestingly for spread buyers of the time of the first goal, Villa have scored in exactly the third minute of play in three of their last five games. Punters may be tempted to buy the time of the last goal too, as Martin O’Neill’s side conceded late last time out, while the incredible Manchester derby recently featured two goals after 90 minutes.
You can check out all of our Premier League predictions on this week’s Soccerlens Podcast before making your picks on this weekend’s Premier League games with Sporting Index – and winning a free £200 bet!