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The first heavyweight clash of the new Premier League season has arrived, Liverpool are travelling to Stamford Bridge to battle it out against Chelsea. With both teams hoping to immediately establish their presence at the top of the table, be prepared to hear the shriek of the whistle, as we are expecting duels all over the pitch and are ready with our Chelsea v Liverpool betting tips.
What was once known to be one of Europe’s strongest fortresses in football seemed a village for the pillaging last season as Chelsea finished in 12th position with 44 points in their first full season under chairman Todd Boehly. Their lowest points tally since 1987-88 when they were relegated from top-flight football. However, since the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino things seems to be turning around for the better, and Chelsea are coming out of pre-season having won three and drawn two.
Last season Liverpool did not hit par with the standard they have set themselves the last couple of seasons, missing out on Champions League football for the first time in five years. They have since cleaned the house with the departures of five major squad players in Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Roberto Firmino, Naby Keïta and James Milner. However, even with the formidable signings of Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai, the midfield seems a bit thin and is one of the focuses of our betting tips.
The referee of the afternoon clash between Chelsea v Liverpool needs no introduction. Anthony Taylor, the man of the house, is not one to shy away from the spotlight nor controversy. Taylor and the cards market practically go hand in hand and he averages 3.8 cards per match over his career.
Considering the matchup itself and the referee appointment there is ripe value to be taking advantage of and in our yellow card betting tips for the match, we have picked out five players across both teams of our liking. If you are not fully convinced yet, it should be known that the last matchup between the Blues and the Reds saw five cards brandished, and who was the referee you may ask? Anthony Taylor.
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Levi Colwill: Leave thy cards out of this, please
Levi Colwill might make his first start for Chelsea in the Premier League after featuring in pre-season and signing a new six-year contract. This is more likely because fellow centre backs pair Trevoh Chalobah and Wesley Fofana missing the match, as they are recovering from injury.
A bit of over-eagerness to impress might land him in Anthony Taylor’s line of fire. It has happened before, in fact, a certain João Felix was sent off for an early shower in his debut for Chelsea during last year’s loan spell at the club. He may have only received one card last season in 17 appearances for Brighton, which may seem towards the lower side of things for a CB but nobody is safe when they face Mohamed Salah cutting in from the right side. Ben Chilwell is likely to happily roam forwards in support of the attack and Mohamed Salah will waste no time exploiting said free gaps down the right flank.
Colwill might have to cover for Ben Chilwell too many times and that’s all it needs. It doesn’t help that Salah and fellow Liverpool striker Cody Gakpo are fouled a combined 2.54 times per 90 in their last 30 Premier League matches.
Alexis Mac Allister: Argentine bringing his cards with him
It is worth considering Mac Allister as he finds his role in the Liverpool midfield.
He was the second most carded player for Brighton in the 22/23 season at eight yellows. With Raheem Sterling likely to be bombing forward on the right side drawing an average of 0.97 fouls per 9’ at home and supporting player Conor Gallagher drawing 1.60, he might find himself continuing the trend of picking up cards at Liverpool.
With Paddy Power pricing him at 3.5 for a booking, it looks too good of an opportunity to pass on when examining the options for card bets in Chelsea v Liverpool.
Reece James: Seeing flames?
Reece James saw a yellow card four times last season with his name noted down in the referee’s book. Three out of those four were shown at Stamford Bridge. Reece James averages 0.73 fouls committed per 90 and is potentially facing Diogo Jota down the left flank supported by Mac Allister, both picking up 0.70 and 1.47 fouls respectively per 90’ in their last 30 matches.
He will have his hands full with the duo and hoping to make a statement as the newly appointed Chelsea captain might lead to him finding himself in the referee’s book once again.
Curtis Jones: Curtis ‘huffing ‘n’ puffing’ Jones
Curtis Jones was the only player to be carded in both of the last two Chelsea v Liverpool games from last season.
Surprisingly, they were the only cards he received all season. However, maybe even more surprisingly, both cards were for arguments. That’s not to say he doesn’t occasionally get stuck into challenges and he was averaging 0.61 fouls away from home last season. With the main enforcer in midfield Fabinho gone expect to see an uptick in Jones’ foul count this season.
Proving to be a bit of a hothead and prone to a riling up by the Chelsea players, the odds at 4.50 on Paddy Power are too tasty to leave alone.
Conor Gallagher: Booking on the cards?
One of the main favourites with the bookies for a reason.
Conor Gallagher finished on 11 yellows in the Premier League last season, more than double the amount of the next currently active Chelsea player, with Mateo Kovačić (eight), Kalidou Koulibaly (seven) and Kai Havertz (five) having all departed this summer.
He loves to tango with players as agile and explosive as Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai’s running is in Liverpool’s midfield, he is sure to find a partner. The Liverpool duo faced a combined 2.34 fouls per 90 minutes against them in the last 30 matches. Moreover, Conor Gallagher commits 1.27 fouls on average at home.
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