Enjoying their brightest run since bringing in Frank Lampard over the summer, Chelsea will turn their attentions back to Champions League duties when they travel to Dutch Giants Ajax on Wednesday evening.
Picking up a 1-0 win over Newcastle after returning from the international break, the returning icon has seen his side enjoy a five-match winning run across all competitions and also picked up their first Champions League victory away at Lille earlier in the month.
On the flip side, the former Premier League champions are not the only side who have continued to enjoy an extended purple patch.
Enjoying their own five-match winning run across all formats, Ajax are in the midst of an unbeaten run that stems back to May and have also opened their European campaign with back-to-back 3-0 victories against Lille and Valencia.
You might be interested to know that Chelsea’s last four matches away from Stamford Bridge have produced 20 goals and are averaging five strikes per game. A similar outcome of over 4.5 goals can be found at 7/2 with Bet365.
Ajax continue to shine in Europe
Although Ajax may have come crashing out of last year’s Champions League in the most dramatic of fashion, the defending Dutch champions appear to be showing no signs of a European hangover.
Picking up a 2-1 win over RKC Waalwijk after returning from the international break, fans around Amsterdam see their side enjoying a five-match winning run and once again hold a three-point buffer at the top of the Eredivisie.
Landing back-to-back victories over Lille and Valencia since opening their Group H campaign, it is no surprise that Erik ten Hag’s men are a huge favourite with the bookmakers to secure a spot in the knockout stage.
Ajax are priced at 8/13 with Ladbrokes to land top spot in Group H come December, ahead of Wednesday’s guests who sit at 5/2.
One man to keep an eye out for in midweek will be Netherlands international Quincy Promes.
The 27-year-old has found the net in back-to-back Champions League appearances and you might be interested to know that the former Sevilla man is pencilled in at 23/10 with Paddy Power to extend that tally on Wednesday.
Chelsea’s youngsters catch the eye
Although they may have left it late against Newcastle over the weekend, Frank Lampard’s side picked up a 1-0 victory in West London and are enjoying a continued purple patch.
Now climbing into the top-four in England’s top-tier, the former England midfielder has seen his youthful squad start to gain a long list of admirers.
Also dreaming of securing a knockout spot come December, the reigning Europa League champions also caught the eye in their 2-1 win away at Lille earlier in the month.
Sat only behind Ajax in Group H, the former Premier League winners also have a growing reputation for their high-scoring encounters.
One man who has played a vital part in Chelsea’s free-scoring antics is newly crowned England international, Tammy Abraham.
Opening his Champions League account away in France earlier in the month, the former Aston Villa loanee also sits level with Sergio Aguero in the race for the Golden Boot.
You might be interested to know that Abraham can be found at 13/8 with Coral to once again find the net on foreign soil in midweek.