Although Frank Lampard may have played down any chance of his Chelsea side winning the Premier League this season, there will be many that feel they can go the distance because of the squad they have managed to assemble.
Indeed, with the summer acquisitions of Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell, Edouard Mendy and Thiago Silva, the Blues certainly bolstered their ranks and would have shown a signal of intent – at least Jurgen Klopp believes so.
However, whilst Chelsea managed to go on an unbeaten run of 17 games across all competitions, they have struggled against certain opponents in the Premier League this season.
A new stat to have emerged recently shows that Lampard’s side appear to fail to beat any side that sits above 12th place in the table.
Despite sitting in seventh-place following the latest round of fixtures and six points behind leaders Liverpool, Chelsea have managed to obtain 22 points from their 13 matches so far in what looks set to be an interesting race that features a number of different potential winners. However, most of those points have come from teams in the bottom half of the table.
When playing sides in the top 12, they have struggled. The Blues lost to Liverpool at Stamford Bridge earlier in the campaign before losing back-to-back fixtures to Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers earlier this week in two consecutive away games.
A Mendy mistake cost the Blues against The Toffees, whilst Pedro Neto netted a last-minute winner for the Old Gold to take all three points from Chelsea, who incidentally did not appear to get out of first gear.
In addition, Chelsea were also held to draws with Southampton (despite leading for much of the contest), Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur this season as well.
Their only wins so far in the Premier League have come against the likes of Brighton and Hove Albion, Crystal Palace, Burnley, Sheffield United, Newcastle United and Leeds United; sides that all sit in the bottom section of the table.
Goals do not necessarily appear to be a problem as they have scored the second-most in the division so far with 26, whilst they have also managed to keep five clean sheets.
With West Ham United next to play on Monday, Chelsea could be in for a testing fixture. Of course, the stat that has emerged will not make for good reading, however it is also worth noting that the Hammers managed to achieve the double over the Blues last season as they came away with six points from the two games played.