CHELSEA v Burnley: Preview

Date: Saturday 27th August, 2016
Venue: Stamford Bridge’
Kick-off: 15:00 BST

This afternoon’s game sees us play host to Burnley at Stamford Bridge.
A nice little fixture at this point in the season maybe? Not so, if their last game is anything to go by. Because, whilst today’s visitors didn’t see a lot of the ball against Liverpool last week, when they did get hold of it, they made made the most of the leaky defence they were up against, coming away with only 19% of the possession but all of the points in a 2-0 win.
With our defence looking badly in need of reinforcements we don’t seem to be able to entice in right now, we might need a bit more of the Fabregas magic this afternoon.

MANAGERS VIEWS
Going into today’s game, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says “I’m pleased to start the season in this way to take more confidence after last season. But I know, and I told my players, we can improve a lot.
I watched [Burnley's] performance against Liverpool, it was fantastic, their physical aspect put a great pressure on Liverpool for 90 minutes. Burnley had only 25 percent possession and Liverpool had 75, yet the result was 2-0 to Burnley. For this reason I told my players to pay a lot of attention because it will be a very tough match. We have to be together. The English league every game is very tough. If you don’t have the right attention anything can happen.”

Burnley manager Sean Dyche meanwhile, says “We know the main target this year. It doesn’t mean we’re diminishing the thought of a cup but the main goal is what we’re trying to achieve in the Premier League, we know that. We know the challenge that’s ahead of us and we know there’s a group that we’d more be hoping to get points against and we know there’s a group that’s more difficult to get points against, particularly away from home, and Chelsea come into that. It is the beauty of football, that’s why we all love it, when you can go away to these places with a bit of freedom, take on the game and see what comes your way.”

SQUAD NEWS
For Chelsea, Zouma remains out although Willian (calf) could return. John Obi Mikel should be available after the international break.
For Burnley, Ashley Barnes (hamstring) is out and Jon Flanagan won’t feature after playing 120 minutes in midweek. Andre Gray is expected to return.

TEAMS
CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Kante; Hazard, Fabregas, Willian; Diego Costa
BURNLEY (Possible line-up): Heaton; Flanagan, Keane, Mee, Ward; Boyd, Marney, Defour; Arfield; Gray, Vokes

LAST SEASON
N/A

CURRENT FORM
CHELSEA: WW
BURNLEY: LW

OTHER STUFF
~ Chelsea are unbeaten in seven top-flight games against Burnley.
~ Burnley’s last win at Stamford Bridge came in April 1971.
~ Chelsea could record successive home wins having failed to do so in the PL last season.
~ Burnley had the best away record in the Championship last season.
~ Chelsea have conceded at least one goal in each of the last 13 league games at home.

PREDICTIONS
BBC Sport: Chelsea 2-0 Burnley
Soccerlens: Chelsea 2-0 Burnley
SkySports: Chelsea 2-0 Burnley

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