FA Cup, Tuesday, 7.45pm, BBC One
As I’m going to this game between two probable youth teams at Stamford Bridge – for the sum of £85 – I promise you this betting preview won’t be me picking exactly what I want to happen in the game, but if you find any sort of bias towards potential entertainment, feel free to pelt me as you wish.
However, Frank Lampard has a very strong record in this competition as a player, and Liverpool are still chasing a treble.
They also need an answer after their mishap on their last trip to London.
Actually, is Watford really in London? It’s more of a junction en route to the Harry Potter studios?
Sorry, I’ll put away my London map now. Midweek football, folks! Let’s make it profitable.
I don’t know if the shellshock is over for Liverpool yet, but the mentality monster has been made look like more of a clown under the bed, cowering from the outside world.
It does make me wonder, though – does Klopp go more practical now and rest key players? It’s fine for Chelsea, as this is their one shot at a trophy now. But Liverpool can probably afford to give this a miss.
If Chelsea play a host of younger players, they’ll probably be the ones who are getting a tonne of time in the Premier League anyway, while Liverpool could be a combination of first-team players and those kids who struggled to get past Shrewsbury at the second attempt.
I suppose the odds reflect this, but I do think 5/4 is generous given the home side are the more likely to be fielding proven pros.
You don’t often get this short of a price for a game to have four goals or more, but it’s probably a fair look at how this game will go.
We’ve seen that Chelsea can’t defend. We’ve seen that the only way to beat Liverpool is by signing Troy Deeney – but if that fails, to attack them with other players – and we absolutely know the last thing either of these teams want is an extra 30 minutes and the character test that penalties bring.
Not for me, Bill, as a famous pundit used to say.
Expect goals here – and plenty of them.
He’s one of the more likely starters in this team, as Lampard will go for a really attacking side.
Jorginho likely holds and allows him to wander forward and link up with a pacey front three. This gives him ample opportunity to slide in any of them, with Liverpool undoubtedly playing a high line on a tight pitch.
He’s not quite the Wayne Rooney clone that everyone expected, but he should be good enough to pick these apart given their current mindset.
Three Best Bets for Chelsea v Liverpool
*All odds correct at time of publication