Ex-Liverpool striker Michael Owen does not expect either team to keep a clean sheet when his former club take on Chelsea in the Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge this weekend.
With the teams having scored seven goals between them in their opening day fixtures, Owen thinks we could be in for another high-scoring contest on Sunday, with a draw the likeliest outcome:
“Chelsea started their Premier League campaign with a 3-1 win away at the Amex stadium and Frank Lampard will have been pleased with the way that some of his new signings seem to be settling in. Timo Werner was a constant threat to Brighton and looks like he is going to adapt very quickly to the rigours of the Premier League.”
“Liverpool beat Leeds United 4-3 in their opening day fixture and while Jurgen Klopp will have been delighted to see his strikers picking up where they left off last season, he will have been concerned with the way Leeds picked their defence apart on way too many occasions. If there is one certainty in this match, it’s that there will be goals! I fancy an entertaining, end to end clash between the two sides with honours even at the final whistle. 2-2 for me.”
There are a few question marks over team selection heading into the game. Will manager Frank Lampard opt to pick Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell in the starting line up despite their lack of match action?
Were they to be involved, they could help to reinforce the backline, although they will be pretty rusty with Chilwell, in particular, having not played a competitive game in months.
Up front, it will be intriguing to see how the likes of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz get on, especially up against an outstanding defender like Virgil van Dijk.