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Carabao Cup – Liverpool v Chelsea: betting tips, lineups and latest odds

Best Free Bet Scout shares it’s Carabao Cup betting tips for the big crunch match of round 3; Liverpool v Chelsea on Wednesday 26th September 2018.

Liverpool v Chelsea

Competition: Carabao Cup Round 3

Kick-off time: 7:45pm (BST)

Date: Wednesday 26th September 2018

Where to watch live on TV in the UK: Sky Sports Football / Sky Sports Main Event

Venue: Anfield

Referee: Kevin Friend

Chelsea to win 2-1 – Bwin 12/1

Rarely do you get such a big box-office match up like this so early on in the English Football League cup.

There’s also an added bonus in the fact that these two sides are currently topping the Premier League, after impressive dominant displays in their first five games.

Liverpool v Chelsea predicted lineups

It’ll be interesting to see how the teams line up on Wednesday evening. Both managers will no doubt be keen to keep up the momentum of their positive starts in the 2018/19 Premier League season.

Liverpool’s Jürgen Klopp will be looking to prove his side has what it takes to win trophies this season, after falling short during a mightily Impress Champions League run to the final last time out.

Maurizio Sarri will also be keen to keep up pace with the learning curve he’s imposed on his players who so far have shown they can adapt well to his unique attacking style of play.

Both managers will probably want to save face, knowing the importance both sets of fans put on this fixture. This rivalry has put on some of the most memorable displays English football has ever seen, from Premier League run ins, FA cup finals, to Champions League knock out ties.

So with so much on the cards, expect to see a few more big names than you might normally find from top six sides at this early stage of the English Football League cup.

Predicted lineups:


Mignolet; Clyne, Gomez, Matip, Moreno; Fabinho, Jones, Keita; Shaqiri, Sturridge, Mane.


Kepa; Zappacosta, Christensen, Rudiger, Alonso; Jorginho, Kante, Barkley; Willian, Morata, Hazard.

Is VAR being used for Liverpool v Chelsea?

Yes. The EFL will use VAR in 6 selected third-round ties in the Carabao Cup, including Liverpool v Chelsea on Wednesday evening.

The English Football Association are continuing to trial the use of VAR, and again this season, they are using the English Football League cup as a platform to do so.

The technology is being trialled only in a select few Premier League stadiums due to the cost and set up involved.

In last month’s second round of the Carabao Cup, VAR was trialled in 4 games at Everton, Fulham, Leicester and Brighton.

VAR will allow the match referees to be alerted to errors in 4 types of match-changing situations:

  • Whether or not a goal should be allowed to stand
  • Penalty decisions
  • Red card situations
  • Cases of mistaken identity


If rumours are to be believed, Maurizio Sarri is less inclined to rotate his starting eleven than Klopp.

This comes off the back of reports from Italy last season where the owner of his previous club Napoli, was outspoken and quick to point the finger at Sarri’s unwillingness to rotate his side, when asked about his club’s failure to compete in cup competitions.

The latest rumours suggest Sarri’s stubbornness on this topic has yet to leave him. He’s expected to stick with most of the starting eleven that has performed well in the Premier League of late.

Klopp on the other hand has indicated he’ll rotate more heavily, so we’d expect the in-form Chelsea eleven to push back a somewhat rusty Liverpool back line on Wednesday.

Liverpool have shown they’re able to strike a good balance between attack and defence, but their fullbacks are often brought into attacking play. Robertson and Alexander-Arnold have provided the majority of Liverpool’s assists so far this season.

With this combined with Sarri’s approach to a rapid transition from defence to attack, the Best Free Bet Scout predicts Chelsea might just have the edge over Liverpool on Wednesday night.

Chelsea to win 2-1 – Bwin 12/1

*All odds correct as of 15:00 BST on Tuesday 25 September 2018.