Betting tips & odds comparison 03.03.2020 Chelsea FC - Liverpool FC
Betting Tip for matchday 0 of the 2019/2020 FA Cup between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC. The game will be played at Stamford Bridge (London, England) on 03.03.2020 at 20:45.
Chelsea vs Liverpool
In what is in all likelihood, the tie of the round, Chelsea host Liverpool tonight at Stamford Bridge, in the 11th FA Cup Meeting between the two sides.
Frank Lampard has indicated that he intends to put out a strong squad out there when they go toe-to-toe against Liverpool tonight.
Despite winning 2-1 against Tottenham in the Premier League a couple of weeks ago, Chelsea have been in abysmal form, particularly at home. They have one of their last five and two of their last eight matches in all competitions. They followed up a 3-0 thrashing at home by Bayern Munich in the 1st leg of the Champions League round of 16, by drawing 2-2 against Bournemouth which somehow still kept them 4th on the EPL standings but the chasing pack of Manchester United and Wolves are closing in on them with the gap between them standing at only 3 points.
Given their pre-season transfer ban, the loss of Eden Hazard to Real Madrid in the summer and the relative inexperience of Lampard at this managerial level, a top-four finish would certainly be a satisfactory achievement amongst the Chelsea faithful. FA Cup glory would be the icing on the cake.
Lampard has won it four times as a player, including victory over Liverpool in the 2012 final, but since he left the Blues, they have won it just once, in 2017-18. He is hoping to rub off some of his FA Cup glory charms on his team.
So far this season they have had a fairly easy route through to the fifth round with victories over Championship sides Nottingham Forest and Hull City, but tonight’s match promises to be their toughest FA Cup test of the campaign yet.
In the wake of the stinging 3-0 loss to relegation threatened Watford on Saturday and the realization of the need to keep alive hope of a possible treble winning season to match the 98/99 Manchester United team, Klopp is set to ring some changes in the team that will face Chelsea tonight.
It was a result which sent shockwaves around football – the biggest margin of victory for a team in the relegation zone against top of the table since 1985 – and Klopp may hope that it also sends shockwaves throughout his squad.
All through the season Klopp and Liverpool have done an admirable job of being even keeled even as they racked wins left, right and centre and threatened to re-write the history books in a manner that would take eons to be replicated or even broken. The Watford loss ended their hopes of an invincible season – although Klopp always maintained that an unbeaten season was never on the list of the goals they set out to achieve this season. A treble-winning season is on the list and this month will provide a litmus test of their fortitude, mental strength and their capacity to actualize those lofty ambitions. Other than this crucial tie, the Champions League last 16 second leg against Atletico Madrid is in the horizon.
The Reds have worked their way through the FA Cup by sometimes fielding lineups with unrecognizable names – giving runouts to their academy players and giving their stars a much-needed breather from a very grueling season. Klopp left then-Under-23s manager Neil Critchley and a team of kids to contest the game that earned the Reds their place in this stage – a fourth-round replay against Shrewsbury Town at Anfield, with their youngest ever starting lineup. They had beaten Everton in the third round before overcoming Shrewsbury Town via that replay at Anfield.
Regardless of who will take to the field, both Klopp and the players themselves will demand a response to the Watford defeat as they look to avoid falling to successive losses for the first time since January 2019.
If they are to bounce back immediately then they will need to put up a much better performance than they did at Vicarage Road. They were woeful on both ends of the pitch – managing only one shot on target and their much touted defence soaked in three goals, conceding in all five goals in their last two league games – as many as they had in their previous 14.
Possible Line Ups
|Injured:N’Golo Kante, Christian Pulisic , Andreas Christensen, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Tammy Abraham, Ruben Loftus-Cheek (doubtful) and Jordan Henderson, Xherdan Shaqiri, Naby Keita, Joe Gomez (doubtful)|
With both teams likely to make changes on their rosters, this is likely to be a tight affair but there is enough quality on both squads’ forward lines to ensure they will both have a bite of the goal scoring opportunities that will be aplenty. We are backing BTTS @ 1.62.
Michy Batshuayi scored early on at KCOM Stadium and @ 2.50 to Score Anytime here looks very enticing. The Belgium striker has an impressive record in domestic cup matches, scoring 14 goals in 20 ties for Chelsea and one in two outings for Crystal Palace. We see value in backing this.
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