West Ham United and Chelsea lock horns at the London Stadium for a tasty London derby on Sunday afternoon (16.30)
Both teams came from behind to salvage a point in their opening encounters, as David Moyes’ side shared the spoils with Bournemouth, while Mauricio Pochettino’s first Premier League game in charge of the Blues resulted in a 1-1 draw with Liverpool.
West Ham’s first home game of the season could also see maiden appearances for newly-signed midfield duo Edson Alvarez and James Ward-Prowse.
As for Chelsea, Reece James is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a hamstring injury and the newly-appointed skipper joins Trevoh Chalobah, Benoit Badiashile, Wesley Fofana, Armando Broja, Christopher Nkunku and Marcus Bettinelli on the treatment table.
Chelsea to win and over 2.5 goals @ 21/10
Given the many plus points that could be taken from the Liverpool performance, Pochettino may opt to name an unchanged side in this game.
There are plenty of questions still to be asked of this new-look Chelsea side, but I was impressed with their performance after the initial 30 minutes against Liverpool.
The feel-good factor seems to be back at Stamford Bridge after a difficult season last year, and that should help Chelsea on their way to victory this weekend.
Chelsea have won four of the last six games between these two sides, while West Ham won just eight of their 19 home games in the Premier League last season.
Both sides looked to be full of attacking intent last week, and that should see plenty of chances created here.
Raheem Sterling to score anytime @ 7/4
Sterling will be disappointed with his attacking output in his maiden season at Chelsea.
The former Manchester City forward arrived at a club lacking direction, and he will still have been disappointed with a return of six goals and three assists, considering the numbers he put up during his time at the Etihad.
A versatile, intelligent attacker with an abundance of Premier League experience, the 28-year-old could be a key player for Pochettino’s team this term, and he looked sharp against his former side Liverpool last Sunday.
I fancy him to get on the scoresheet here.