Liverpool v Chelsea has certainly had its fair share of flashpoints through the years, and while this occasion will certainly have a very different feel to it, we can expect another Anfield cracker.
The Reds will finally get their hands on the Premier League trophy – an exciting occasion – but first they have to go to work.
Think of it as a Friday in your nine-to-five job. Are you at your most productive on Friday evening knowing there’s a few beers calling your name down the local?
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) July 20, 2020
Chelsea, on the other hand, know a win here should see them pick up a Champions League spot, as well as securing their respective bonuses for the season.
The Blues are just off the back of their biggest win of the season, too. That feel-good factor will be something Lampard will be eager to maintain.
The problem with football betting is the psychological importance of a first goal and how teams react to them. And, to a point, how teams see out games depending on the score.
There are teams who simply give up, or rest on their laurels.
Neither of these two teams do that, so it’s worth having a little bit of insurance just in case Liverpool snatch a late goal to down a Chelsea lead.
It’s still a very decent price all told, and the extra security in case any one of the Liverpool front three decide to turn it on at any given moment is always welcome.
Mr. Lampard will be adopting a shoot on sight approach to this no doubt, considering the desperation of the situation. And while Alisson often resembles a lonely figure in nets due to a severe lack of workload it might be a bit different on Wednesday night.
Chelsea have hit four or more shots on target in each of their last 10 Premier League games, including finding the frame on 10 different occasions against Manchester City, so it feels a very safe bet to me.
I don’t fancy Alonso going up against Salah here, primarily because he’ll be wanting to get forward as much as possible to provide overlaps against Trent Alexander Arnold.
However, he’ll inevitably get caught in possession and have to sprint back to haul Mo Salah to the ground before accepting his booking.
Sometimes you need to play the narrative, but other times you need to just rely on the individual matchups that stand out to you on paper.
Alonso here is the clear problem.
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