Defending champions Liverpool and Chelsea headline Saturday’s action in the Premier League.
Liverpool v West Ham
Liverpool find themselves second to neighbours Everton albeit on goal difference but the Reds are facing a tricky period as they struggle with a growing injury list.
With both Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip out, it was midfielder Fabinho that was thrown into the last line midweek in the Champions League only to pick up an injury that leaves Jurgen Klopp with just one recognised centre back in Joe Gomez.
Klopp also failed to rest Trent Alexander Arnold and Andy Robertson which means he is playing a dangerous game regarding their fitness although another international break is around the corner.
Hosting West Ham, who arrive in 12th and unbeaten in four games, shouldn’t present too many issues on the face of it with the Reds’ forwards in fine form and their dominant record over the Hammers, both home and away.
Liverpool can go top of the table and equal the club record of 63 unbeaten home league matches, a feat last achieved at Anfield between February 1978 and December 1980. Kick-off is at 7:30pm.
Suggested bet: Liverpool to win 2-0 at 8.5
Burnley v Chelsea
Chelsea head to Turf Moor full of confidence after a testing period which saw them earn draws at Sevilla and Manchester United before routing Krasnador.
Burnley sit in 18th and have just a single point to show for their early season work. Now they host Chelsea who have won five of their last six at Burnley and the Blues will be hoping their defensive issues are a thing of the past while looking to Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz for offensive bliss.
Despite their European success midweek, Frank Lampard has warned that his Blues project is still a work in progress.
“We can’t train much between games because of too many physical demands,” he said.
“The balance isn’t as great as I want it to be. It’s something we’re working on every day. We want more. It will take work.”
Suggested bet: Chelsea to win first half 2.05