The Blues are currently adapting to life under new manager Maurizio Sarri after the Italian was appointed as the club’s new boss last month following the sacking of Antonio Conte.
Sarri will be hoping for his side to get off to a strong start as they bid to try and establish themselves as one of the main contenders for the Premier League title this season.
Chelsea FC take on Huddersfield in their opener this weekend and former Liverpool FC man Lawrenson is tipping the west London side to claim all three points with a comfortable victory.
Speaking in an interview with BBC Sport, Lawrenson said: “It is going to take their new manager Maurizio Sarri a while to settle in and sort things out, which is why I don’t think they will finish in the top four, but I am still backing them to win this game.”
Chelsea FC ended up in fifth place in the Premier League table last season as they missed out on Champions League qualification for this term.
The Blues did manage to end the campaign on a positive note by beating Manchester United in the FA Cup final back in May, however.
The west London side have won the Premier League title in two of the last four seasons.
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