Former Chelsea player Frank Sinclair has backed the Blues to win the Premier League title this season following the injury to Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk.
Liverpool are set to be without key man Van Dijk for the remainder of the season due to an anterior cruciate knee ligament injury.
Chelsea’s results have picked up in recent weeks, with the Blues keeping three clean sheets in our last four league matches.
Sinclair told Ladbrokes: “Initially when Frank Lampard brought in a few new faces I was really excited, but then you have the realisation that it’s going to take time for things to work out – especially in an attacking sense.
“You need to give them time to settle into the team.
“It’s pretty evident in recent results that they have done that and I can only see Chelsea kicking on and getting stronger throughout the season and I think they can be real contenders for the title because for me, there’s no outstanding side.
“Obviously Liverpool are the main team you’ve got to try and overtake to win the title but with them losing Virgil van Dijk I think it opens things up for a few sides to be involved in the title race.
“I think Chelsea will be in and around it; they’ll only get stronger throughout the season and for me they’ve got arguably the best attacking lines in the country – along with Liverpool.
“The more they get used to playing under Frank, the better they’ll get.”