CHELSEA v Burnley: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Saturday, 21 February
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT

This afternoon’s game sees us back at home, playing host to a Burnley side who haven’t done too badly at all this season but then again, haven’t quite done quite enough either.
Chelsea, on the other hand, have shown they’re capable of the sort of football it’s a privilege to watch – mixed in with ugly battles they’ve just had to grind their way through. Whichever it’s been though, it’s left us 7 points clear of City at the top of the table, so we just need more of the same today, whatever form that takes.

After making it clear just how disgusted he and the club are after the minority morons tarred us all with their brush midweek, going into this afternoon’s game, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says,
“I want to forget that (the second leg). We have a final and Premier League matches to play, where every point is important. I want to forget Paris; it’s finished.”
The more talkative Burnley boss Sean Dyche meanwhile, says “We played them at the beginning of the season and they haven’t taken a step backwards since then.I thought then that anyone who finishes above them must be some side and I still think that now.They’ve got strength everywhere, they just keep getting results anyway they need to. I thought on that night we played well, it’s just that they were fantastic. There was a 20 minute period when all players are peaking is a very, very powerful force. I just hope it only lasts 20 seconds this time.
They’re a really strong side, of course, and we’re a side that’s learning and progressing, but it’s not like a non-league side going there.They’re playing some really good stuff and they’re very strong, but we’ve shown we can compete at this level. We’ve got that underdog spirit and that freedom to play. The expectation is massive on them for games like this. We have an inner belief that we can win games, whoever we play against. Jose Mourinho himself has come out and said this is the one league he’s worked in when you do get results against expectation, he’s aware of that.”

For Chelsea, John Obi Mikel (knee) is injured but Diego Costa is back from his domestic ban.
For Burnley, Dean Marney, Kevin Long (both knee) and Matt Taylor (Achilles) are all out but Stephen Ward (ankle) is available again.

CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Cech, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Terry, Zouma, Cuadrado, Fàbregas, Hazard, Matic, Oscar, Costa
BURNLEY (Possible line-up): Heaton (GK), Mee, Trippier, Shackell, Keane; Boyd, Arfield, Jones, Kightly; Barnes; Ings


■ Burnley have not won a league game away to Chelsea since 1971
■ Burnley have won just two of their 31 Premier League away games
■ Chelsea have kept 16 clean sheets in their last 20 home games
■ Chelsea have won all three Premier League matches against Burnley.
■ Chelsea have won 33 and lost just one of their last 40 Premier League games at Stamford Bridge.

We’ll be thinking this should be a straight forward with as long as we don’t have any hangovers from Europe. Burnley, on the other hand, will be thinking they’re due a scalp for their efforts at some point. Could be a long afternoon!


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