The big Premier League match of the weekend comes at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon as Frank Lampard’s heavily-invested in new-look Chelsea host champions Liverpool.
Chelsea have been tipped to close the gap on Liverpool this season, having spent over £200m on new players in the summer transfer window.
German duo Kai Havertz and Timo Werner made their debuts in Monday evening’s 3-1 win away at Brighton and are expected to feature again here, but Hakim Ziyech, Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell will all reportedly have to wait longer to make their debuts for the Blues.
Liverpool have made no real investments, although will reportedly seal a deal for Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago in the coming days - although that will likely come too late for him to play any role here.
But there have been no significant departures and Jurgen Klopp is blessed with a settled squad after emphatically winning the title with 99 points last term.
Expect an unchanged XI from Liverpool here, having been made to work hard for last Saturday’s 4-3 win over newly-promoted Leeds, only sealed with an 88th-minute penalty from Mohamed Salah, who opened his account for the new season with a hat-trick.
Betfair Sportsbook make the champions slight favourites here, at 23/20, with a draw at 13/5 and a Chelsea win at 23/10.
We recommend backing Liverpool to win here, but to boost your odds by backing both teams to score. That’s priced at 7/2 with Paddy Power.
The Reds didn’t look their usual imperious best in defence last Saturday as Leeds scored three goals past them, while in their last meeting with Chelsea - only two months ago - they ran out 5-3 winners at Anfield, while they came away with a 2-1 win from their last league visit to Stamford Bridge almost exactly one year ago to the day.
While Chelsea have bolstered their attack over the summer, they don’t appear to have addressed the situation with their goalkeeper. Kepa Arrizabalaga received widespread criticism for his role in the 5-3 defeat at Liverpool in July and was under fire once again for Brighton’s goal on Monday.
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