Chelsea to make it 87 in a row at home?
Only eight games into the 2008-09 season, and the top two in the table, Chelsea and Liverpool, who are both undefeated, meet at Stamford Bridge. Will one lose their unbeaten record come Sunday evening?
Both teams are coming off satisfactory results in the Champions League. Chelsea maintained their unbeaten start with a home victory over Roma and Liverpool secured a point away at Atletico Madrid. But it is back to domestic business this weekend.
Phil Scolari will hope to continue his brilliant start as Chelsea boss and Rafa Benitez will at long last hope that he has a squad to challenge for the title. To do this Liverpool will have to improve their record under Benitez against other members of the Big Four.
They have won none of thier 12 away trips to Arsenal, Chelsea and Man Utd since Benitez arrived on Merseyside, taking just two points from a possible 36. They also have only won one and lost 11 of the 16 Premier League meetings at the Bridge. Bearing these stats in mind and that Liverpool are without the services of star striker Fernando Torres the 10/11 about Chelsea looks great value. Chelsea will not be as long as that many other times this season and are this Liverpool side as good as their league position suggests? We only have to look back to last weekend when they scraped to a 3-2 victory at home to Wigan and some would say they only won because Luis Valencia stupidily got himself sent off.
Including Valencia four opposition players have been sent off against Liverpool this season. Top referee Howard Webb is the man in charge on Sunday and so far this season has averaged 3.29 cards a game. Chelsea are evens to receive the first card and this looks better value than the 8/11 about Liverpool.
Last season Frank Lampard scored in three of the five meetings between the sides and he can be backed at 9/4 to score anytime. Lampard already has three goals this season in the League and you wouldn't bet against him adding to his tally against the Reds.