We have another set of outstanding Premier League fixtures to build this week after the top flight returns.
Chelsea did the trick at Brighton on Monday Night Football, Liverpool were pushed hard by Leeds and Arsenal were ruthless in dismissing newly promoted Fulham.
Chelsea vs Liverpool, dimanche 16h30 (Sky Sports)
How about that for a Sunday treat?
Chelsea’s new look welcomes the champions in the first big heavyweight fight of the new season.
And this one really has the potential to be a stormer.
Liverpool were all over the back against Leeds last weekend, conceding three goals as the West Yorkshire side had just three shots on target.
Frank Lampard will have studied this game and is hoping that his expensive assembled frontline can do similar damage.
It wasn’t as comfortable for the Blues at Brighton as the score suggested, but Lampard will take every hard-fought victory no matter how it turns out.
New boy Kai Havertz had a baptism of fire and didn’t look quite up to speed, at one point, sending a cross ball straight into the posh seats without any pressure.
And there are doubts about Timo Werner’s fitness after receiving a blow.
We said in our preview last week that this Chelsea experience will take time – and we start on 10/21 with a home win as a result.
It’s a huge price tag and some will be tempted, but we would much prefer to play this one safe.
We scored over 3.5 goals in the Leeds game and that had won within 35 minutes, with the Lightning Prize twice hitting a very tempting 6/4.
Maybe it’s the history books that influence this one a bit, but just one H2H between clubs here at Bridge has scored four or more goals since 2015.
At that price – and with these players on display – we say go for it.
Three of Liverpool’s five away games in the post-lockdown schedule have seen more than 3.5 goals won, while nine of Chelsea’s 19 home games have been marked by a scoring frenzy.
With both sides wanting to brag at the start of the season, it certainly won’t be boring.
Especially with the situation of the Chelsea goalkeeper still pending.
If Kepa starts, you support the Blues to concede, it’s that simple.
The Spaniard has scored nine goals in the last 13 shots on target he has faced in the Premier League. Pretty sinister stuff.
Klopp will shoot his men on sight and we don’t see how the home side can escape with a clean sheet – so let’s go back to Chelsea to concede two or more against the champions.
Werner’s injury situation is one to watch, but the German is set to take part in Sunday’s clash.
He showed flashes of brilliance in the victory at Brighton, but didn’t have the chance to feel guilty about showing off his lethal finish.
If Werner starts, you back him to score anytime at 6/4, which is a monster price.
And for those of you who are feeling brave, 4/1 over former RB Leipzig to score the opener is also tempting.
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