Chelsea vs Liverpool Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Chelsea vs Liverpool | Tuesday 27 January, 2015 | Stamford Bridge | 19.45
Chelsea were defeated by Bradford at home on Saturday in the biggest upset of the season, boosting Liverpool’s confidence as they travel to Stamford Bridge this week.
The Blues were embarrassingly knocked out of the FA Cup in the fourth round after losing 4-2 to the League One outfit, but does this mean that Jose Mourinho’s men have lost their magic touch?
Mourinho has demanded that his men pick themselves up ahead of Tuesday’s Capital One Cup semi-final after the first leg last week resulted in a 1-1 tie with Liverpool.
Speaking after Saturday’s shock loss, Mourinho commented that the players should be ashamed of themselves, however he knows that Tuesday’s clash poses a whole new set of challenges and wants the team to look ahead, not behind.
“I always said that I don’t choose to prioritise competitions and we go match after match,” said the Chelsea boss.
“The most important competition now is the League Cup because it is the next game.
“Obviously the Premier League is in front of the cups but the way we prepare in serious and a professional way, I can’t say we don’t care about the FA Cup. We lost and we care.”
With several of Mourinho’s first team not involved in the weekend’s hammering the Chelsea manager is hoping that the majority of the team will be unaffected by the defeat.
“The players who were not involved directly in this game – Nemanja Matic, Branislav Ivanovic, Diego Costa – I don’t think they can be affected by it.
“We lost at home against a lower division team and in an ideal world it will affect us in a positive not a negative way, like we have to win the next match and let’s go for it.”
Liverpool will also be feeling a dip in morale after failing to beat Championship side Bolton Wanderers at Anfield in the FA Cup at the weekend, resulting in an underwhelming 0-0 draw.
Despite this, Brendan Rodgers’ men have been enjoying a fairly steady run and are currently on a 10 match unbeaten streak.
The first leg of the semi-final saw Liverpool disappointed to miss out on the home victory after Raheem Sterling’s stunning strike cancelled out Eden Hazard’s first half penalty.
Joe Allen, who returned at the weekend from a long absence due to a knee problem, commented on the League Cup clash, “Of course we can get a result – we all can’t wait.
“These are the games you want to play in and from the first leg you can see from the way that we set out and the way that we performed, that we can certainly get through this tie.”
Chelsea vs Liverpool Betting Tips
Despite their embarrassment at the weekend, Chelsea are still the stronger team so backing a Blues home victory would be a wise choice.
Betway have a special on Diego Costa to score first and Chelsea to win priced at 9/2 which would return £45 on a £10 bet, while a 2-1 Chelsea victory looks good at 7/1 with Paddy Power.