Both Chelsea and Liverpool return to Premier League action looking to bounce back from losing their opening Champions League group games against Valencia and Napoli respectively.
Chelsea could and should have taken at least a point from their game at Stamford Bridge, but Ross Barkley blazed a penalty over the bar late on. That was after wrestling the ball off both Jorginho and Willian, but Lampard backed the English midfielder after the game.
Liverpool’s defeat in Naples wasn’t the biggest of shocks. A year earlier they suffered the same result, but still went on to win the tournament, not a bad omen then. They return to domestic action looking to maintain the only 100% record in the country.
Klopp’s side have the joint best defensive record in the league and are 10/3 to win to nil at Stamford Bridge.
Premier League games involving Chelsea this season have averaged 4.4 goals per game. And their last outing saw them score an impressive five goals and concede two against a struggling Wolves sides. It’s 15/4 for over 4.5 goals on Sunday.
Sadio Mane was on the scoresheet twice in last week’s victory over Newcastle and he’s 19/4 to open the scoring at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea’s main threats are academy due Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount, however the latter could miss out after picking up an ankle injury against Valencia in midweek. Abraham, though, is flying. He bagged a hat-trick against Wolves last weekend taking his tally to 7 for the season and is 15/8 to score anytime against Liverpool.
It ended all square in this fixture last season, Eden Hazard’s first half goal was cancelled out by Daniel Sturridge’s late strike and it’s 7/1 for a repeat scoreline this weekend.
It’s no surprise to see Chelsea as 5/2 outsiders going into this one. They’re seven points adrift of Liverpool who or course are yet to drop a point heading to Stamford Bridge. The Reds are 11/10 to pick up their sixth successive league win this season and the draw is 14/5.