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Chelsea can do the double over Ajax

Chelsea produced a superb performance to beat Ajax in Amsterdam and there is every chance that the Blues can follow up and take full control of Group H with two games remaining.

Frank Lampard’s team lost at home to Valencia in their first group-stage match but battled to an away success in Lille and followed up in Holland three weeks later.

They have been on a roll in all competitions and were good value for the victory over Ajax, winning the shot count 14-6 and recording a far superior expected-goals figure.

Ajax were superb in reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League last season but the departures of Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong were always going to weaken Erik ten Hag’s team to some degree and they clearly found it tough to control the game against the Blues.

Chelsea have their own batch of talented young players and can produce another strong showing. 

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West Ham v Liverpool

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Most of Liverpool's big guns will return to face West Ham, giving them a strong chance of posting a 15th consecutive Premier League victory. Sadio Mane's injury is a blow for the leaders but they should grind out a low-scoring success over West Ham, who lost 1-0 at home to a largely second-string West Brom team on Saturday.