Burnley v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Sunday 28th October 2018

Venue: Turf Moor

Kick-off: 13:30 GMT

 

 

 

After what amounted to little more than a training session against our easiest opposition in this year’s Europa League Thursday night, today’s early kick off – which doesn’t seem entirely fair in the fixtures department – sees us make the trip to Turf Moor.

Burnley managed three games unbeaten in the league before they came up against Manchester City last weekend and whilst they put up a decent fight against the Champions to start with, they took a battering in the end. So, irrespective of their poor record against the Premier League ‘big six’, Sean Dyche will absolutely want to see us on the end of a backlash today.

Burnley last beat Chelsea at home in 1973 but they did beat us at Stamford Bridge last season. Add that to the stat that 9 of our 20 league goals this season have come in the final 15 minutes of matches, and we could be in for a tense afternoon. 

 

MANAGER’S VIEWS

Going into today’s game, Burnley manager Sean Dyche says of the Chelsea squad “The real big sides don’t just have one (star player), trust me. Chelsea are a fine outfit – you saw that against BATE Borisov; they made eight changes and you saw what happened, still a very, very strong outfit.  We certainly don’t rely on what might happen with one player but you’ve got to be aware of how good some of those players are and he’s certainly right up there.”

Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri meanwhile, says One month ago, we were concerned about the fact the midfielders didn’t score. And now in the last three matches, Barkley scored two goals and Loftus three goals so I think that if we are able to continue to play this football maybe in a month the strikers will be able to score. Usually the winner is the team who concedes less goals. In Italy – I don’t know here – but I think the same. We have to improve in the defensive phase.”

 

SQUAD NEWS

For Burnley, Ben Gibson (hernia) remains out and Aaron Lennon (virus) is given as a doubt but Robbie Brady (knee) returns for the first time since December.

For Chelsea, Ethan Ampadu (knee) remains out and Eden Hazard (back) is a doubt after missing the game against BATE midweek through injury.

 

TEAMS

BURNLEY (Possible line-up): Hart; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Gudmundsson, Defour, Cork, Brady; Hendrick, Vokes

CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; Willian, Morata, Hazard

 

LAST SEASON

Burnley 1-2 Chelsea (20th April 2018)

 

CURRENT FORM (PL)

BURNLEY: LLWWDL

CHELSEA: WWDDWD

 

OTHER STUFF

  • Chelsea’s only defeat in eight Premier League games against Burnley came on the opening day of last season (at Stamford Bridge)
  • Burnley have not beaten Chelsea at Turf Moor since April 1983.
  • Burnley have taken seven points from their last four games
  • Burnley have conceded 17 goals in nine league games
  • Chelsea have kept only two clean sheets in their 36 top-flight away matches against Burnley
  • Burnley have been beaten in six of their last seven home Premier League games played on Sunday
  • Chelsea are unbeaten in their opening nine top-flight games for only the fifth time
  • Burnley have won just two points from their last 12 home Premier League games against the ‘big six’

 

PREDICTION

BBC Sport: Burnley 1-1 Chelsea

Sky Sports: Burnley 1-3 Chelsea

Sportsmole: Burnley 1-2 Chelsea


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