Unstoppable Chelsea have yet to score less than six goals a game

2010-08-27 00:00

IT is still early days in the Barclays Premier League, but already the question is on the lips of the football world: can anybody stop Carlo Ancelotti’s mighty Chelsea?

Two 6-0 victories is not a bad way to start a season. Granted, the opposition in Chelsea’s opening two games may not have been the toughest that the league has to offer, but they have demonstrated the capability to demolish “small” teams with the ease that rivals Manchester United have yet to show.

United will be wondering how they dropped points at Craven Cottage last weekend after being a goal up and being awarded a penalty with less than five minutes to go. It was a result that has given Chelsea breathing space at the top of the table.

Week three is one in which all of the big boys should have enough about them to notch up victories. Log leaders Chelsea host Stoke City and it would take a brave man to bet against the Blues at the moment. Stoke are yet to earn a point after two 2-1 losses and will surely find themselves rooted firmly in relegation zone after they visit Stamford Bridge tomorrow.

United also host a “pointless” side in the form of West Ham United. West Ham are in trouble. They have a squad that lacks quality depth and they are surely prime candidates to battle relegation all season long.

For United, this is a must-win game if they are to keep up with Chelsea.

After Arsenal joined the “6-0” club last weekend with an impressive display against Blackpool, the Gunners travel to Ewood Park to take on a Blackburn side that hasn’t looked half bad in the opening weeks.

The Londoners look like they have found a decent player in front of goal in Marouane ­Chamakh. The Moroccan international could be the ideal answer to last season’s seemingly permanently injured Robin van Persie and a less-than-impressive Nicklas Bendtner. Blackburn at home will by no means be an easy game though, and Arsenal will have to take their chances if they are to come away with the three points.

Manchester City’s star-studded line-up takes on Sunderland away on Sunday.

City dismantled Liverpool on Monday night and looked like a side that had been playing together for years. Whether or not they can perform that well week in and week out remains to be seen, but anybody who saw the likes of Carlos Tevez, Gareth Barry, James Milner and Yaya Toure against Liverpool should not have any doubts about City’s capabilities.

It has been a tough start to Roy Hodgson’s Liverpool career, but the ex-Fulham boss should finally have something to smile about when his side face newly promoted West Bromwich Albion at Anfield.

West Brom did manage a victory against Sunderland last weekend, but Liverpool should walk away from this one with their first victory of the campaign.

If they don’t, then alarm bells will be ringing in Scouserland, and rightly so.

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