Get ‘em while you can at Stamford Bridge today.
It’s time to wave farewell to outstanding performers for Chelsea and visitors Liverpool (4.30pm).
Mo Salah is off to Cameroon for the Africa Cup of Nations. So are Sadio Mane and Naby Keita. They might be missing for a month, maybe even longer if there’s a global pandemic or something.
The good news is that the impact on the Prem title race will be far less significant than first feared, as it turns out Manchester City were going to win it anyway.
Chelsea will lose keeper Edouard Mendy, which should mean a triumphant return for Kepa, the velvet wrist in the cast-iron glove. Something to look forward to there.
Romelu Lukaku says he is mostly looking forward to leaving Chelsea for Inter Milan. It hasn’t stopped him scoring goals.
Take Lukaku here at a generous 21/10 (Coral) ‘anytime scorer’.
This month will see some huge price tags swallowed as Prem clubs scramble around for a player, any player, who might be able to score them goals at the highest level.
Danny Welbeck has been banging those in since 2008. Not as many as it once looked like he might, granted, but he’s high-class, low-mileage, and cost Brighton nowt. If he starts, bet 3/1 (Bet365) ‘anytime scorer’ at Everton (2pm).
I like YES ‘both teams score’ at 9/10 (Bet365) when sparky Brentford entertain Aston Villa (2pm).
The good news and the bad news for Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa is that the game against Burnley (2pm) is likely to go ahead.
Bielsa’s Covid crisis is easing, his mountain of injuries shrinking – but the timing of one of Leeds’ biggest games of the season isn’t great.
Burnley had a sharpener on Thursday. Their air power is a good fit and Ben Mee is worth an ‘anytime scorer’ spin at 17/1 (Paddy).
Over in Spain, take a ‘Real Madrid clean sheet’ at the general 11/10 when they go to toothless Getafe (1pm) in La Liga
Last week: Winners at 7/2 and 11/8