Burnley v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Sunday 12th February 2017
Venue: Turf Moor
Kick-off: 13:30 GMT

Today’s game sees us travel to Turf Moor to take on a Burnley side who’ve turned their home ground into somewhat of a fortress. So, somewhat of a potential banana skin for us against a side with 7 straight wins at home. Having said that, Burnley haven’t done so well on Sunday’s, losing all 4 played so far, whereas we’ve won five and drawn one from our six.
After yesterday’s results where Spurs dropped points, the mindset of our players will play a viral part today, in a game that could either leave us 12 points away from the pack or just the 9 points and kicking ourselves all the way back to Stamford Bridge.

MANAGER’S VIEWS
Going into today’s game, Burnley manager Sean Dyche says “We’ve morphed into a stronger unit with a bit more experience and knowledge of what the Premier League is about – it doesn’t guarantee a result but it does give you a better chance. Every game is a test in the Premier League but (Chelsea) are so strong at the moment that it is probably the biggest challenge we’ve had. They are top of the league for a reason.”
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte meanwhile, says “If we think that we have (a lead of) nine points and we are very close to winning the title it’s a great mistake. There are 14 games to play. They are five teams, with Chelsea six teams, that can fight until the end to win the title. It’s important now, don’t (make a) great mistake in this race.”

SQUAD NEWS
For Burnley, Steven Defour (hamstring) and Dean Marney (cruciate ligament) are injured and Jeff Hendrick, begins a three-game ban following his red card against Watford.
For Chelsea, David Luiz (knee) is available, so there are no absentees.

TEAMS
BURNLEY (Possible line-up): Heaton; Lowton, Keane, Mee, Ward; Brady, Barton, Westwood, Boyd; Gray, Barnes
CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Courtois; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Matic, Kante, Alonso; Pedro, Costa, Hazard

LAST SEASON
N/A

RECENT FORM (PL)
BURNLEY: LWLWL
CHELSEA: WDWWL

OTHER STUFF
~ Burnley’s last league win against Chelsea was a 3-0 victory at Turf Moor in April 1983.
~ Chelsea are unbeaten in their five previous Premier League games against Burnley, winning four of those.
~ Burnley could win six consecutive home games in the top flight for the first time since a run of eight straight victories ended in November 1961.
~ Burnley could keep three consecutive clean sheets at home in the top flight for the first time since a run of four in a row from October to December 1973.
~ Burnley have won 28 Premier League points at home
~ Chelsea have not lost a Premier League game on a Sunday since a 3-0 defeat at Manchester City in August 2015.
~ Chelsea have 30 more points than they did at this stage last season.
~ Chelsea’s last 10 goals in all competitions have been scored by different players.

PREDICTION
BBC Sport: Burnley 0-2 Chelsea
Sky Sports: Burnley 1-3 Chelsea
Sportslens: Burnley 1-2 Chelsea

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