Chelsea and Liverpool return from Champions League action for a heavyweight showdown at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Frank Lampard was beaten 1-0 at home by Valencia in his debut in the competition on Tuesday night, whilst Liverpool went down 2-0 at Napoli.
The Blues have taken just two points from their first two home games of the season – hanging on to a 1-1 draw against Leicester City and then being pegged back to draw 2-2 against newly-promoted Sheffield United before the international break.
They were handy 5-2 winners at winless Wolves last weekend but Leicester are the only side not to have scored 2+ goals against Chelsea’s defence to start the 2019-20 season. Indeed, Lampard’s defence at Derby County looked vulnerable last season and he’s brought that with him to the Premier League.
Chelsea come up against the Premier League leaders, the Champions League holders and one of the best attacks in world football right now. A trip to Italy midweek is the only thing stopping me from tipping them to thump the West London club.
I certainly expect a Liverpool win on Sunday and I still think they can do it quite handsomely. Yes, Chelsea are scoring goals but Tammy Abraham failed to score against the two best defences he’s come up against this season – Manchester United and Leicester City, and Liverpool have a good defence. Mason Mount is a doubt with an ankle injury picked up on Tuesday and they don’t have much else going forward. Willian and Pedro haven’t done much nor been given much time under the new manager and Ross Barkley is yet to find the back of the net this season.
Mohamed Salah should have lots of success against either Marcos Alonso or Emerson Palmeiri at full-back and with N’Golo Kante injured, Jurgen Klopp’s side shouldn’t have problem getting the ball to their potent front three time and time again.
Dead cert: Liverpool to win is 2.04 with Betfair
Value bet: Liverpool over 2.5 goals is 9/4 with Bet365