Chelsea Preview vs Burnley

Chelsea managed to keep their unbeaten record ongoing last week following Ross Barkley’s last minute equaliser against Manchester United, but this week the Blues travel to Turf Moor.

Sean Dyche’s side have had a patchy season and have struggled recently in the league, losing 5-0 to Manchester City last week, and drawing at home to Huddersfield before that.

Burnley have had a similar run of form against their Sunday opponents, having avoided defeat in the Premier League on just three of eight occasions, and a solitary victory.

That victory did come last season and Turf Moor is never an easy place to go, therefore especially after Chelsea’s midweek victory over BATE, this game is not a forgone conclusion.

Despite this however, Sky Bet see Chelsea as firm 4/11 favourites, a Claret and Blue victory priced at 8/1.

The Lancashire side have three players doubtful, with Stephen Ward, Ben Gibson and Robbie Brady all requiring late fitness tests, and goalkeeper Nick Pope is ruled out until December at the earliest.

For Blues’ boss Maurizio Sarri, Eden Hazard is the only worry over fitness after he sustained a minor back injury last week.

CHELSEA PREDICTED LINE-UP, 4-3-3

Arrizabalaga

Azpilicueta, Rudiger, David Luiz, Marco Alonso

Barkley, Kante, Jorginho

Willian, Morata, Hazard

Marcos Alonso signed a new contract until 2022 with the London club and has been a key player since his arrival and Ross Barkley has recently been in excellent form and perhaps Sarri will reward him with a start.

Otherwise Chelsea’s side more or less picks itself.

BURNLEY PREDICTED LINE-UP 4-4-1-1

Hart

Taylor, Mee, Tarkowski, Lowton

Lennon, Defour, Cork, Gudmonsson

Barnes

Vokes

Defensively, unless Robbie Brady is passed fit, Sean Dyche may not change the back line, and in midfield, Burnley are thin on the ground in quality, with Ashley Westwood or Jeff Hendrick the other options they could use.

Up front, Burnley could go with Chris Wood or Matej Vydra but the physicality of their squad was what helped them to victory over Chelsea last season, and therefore I expect Ashley Barnes, Steven Defour and John Berg Gudmonsson to start.

In terms of the match, I can see Burnley playing for a draw and Chelsea having difficulty breaking down the notoriously resolute side, and it could be a moment of magic that swings the game either way.

I’m not too sure what to expect from the Clarets after their dismal display against Man City, they may show a desire to amend their performance, but they also could capitulate.

It’s very difficult to me to see a clear winner but I have faith in the Blues to get over the line, just. 0-1 to the away side.

 

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