Chelsea v Liverpool - Friday 20:00, Sky Sports 1
Chelsea enter this match seething after Andre Marriner’s shocking decision not to award a free-kick to Gary Cahill against Swansea and although they’ve lost their 100% record, they’re still a team very much in contention for the title this season. For an hour they absolutely dominated Swansea and should have to put the game to bed with a plethora of first-half chances. Antonio Conte’s scowl at full-time told the story and his side will be chomping at the bit to take on a Liverpool side that is brittle at the back.
Both teams are without European football and have the league as their sole focus this season. Whilst Chelsea’s title prospects look slightly better, Liverpool will have been encouraged by their demolition of champions Leicester. Their fans continue to be baffled by the contrast in their team at the two ends of the pitch. Once more they were devastating going forward with Lallana, Firmino, Sturridge and Mane all excellent in both their movement and clinical edge.
At the other end it was the same frustrating issues, with makeshift centre-half Lucas guilty of a horrendous mistake in particular. With Diego Costa in such fine fettle Jurgen Klopp must hope Dejan Lovren recovers in time, whilst he should also have Emre Can back available in midfield and Philippe Coutinho further forward.
As always we can expect Liverpool to press for the duration of the game, and this may play into one of Chelsea’s strengths if they tire. Antonio Conte’s team have scored in the last 10 minutes of all four of their Premier League matches this season and certainly look like a team that will keep going until the final whistle. These two sides have had the most attempts on goal over the opening four weeks of the campaign and given Liverpool’s shaky backline we’re backing Chelsea to score in both halves at 3.35.