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Date: Saturday 31st October 2020

Venue: Turf Moor

Kick-off: 15:00 GMT

After getting in a lot of air miles for our Champions League game midweek, this afternoon’s game takes us to Turf Moor as we take on Burnley in the Premier League.

The Clarets are possibly not one of the best sides for us to be facing after a trip to Russia because they’re generally just hard work.  We have a decent enough record against them but these games are tough, they can take their toll physically and they require patience, which isn’t something there’s a whole lot of around Chelsea these days. In fact, a house full of four-year olds would produce less snivelling and whingeing.

Burnley are also without a win so far this season, and they only need a bit of luck to get that, so we’re almost ripe for the picking this afternoon. It’s not just because of our Champions League trip, we had a tough game against United last weekend as well – and that was just to keep them out. We did show against Krasnodar we have goals in us as well, but the Premier League is a different beast on a Saturday afternoon at Turf Moor. Some of our players just won’t be used to this type of game, so we’ll just have to wait and see how they stand up to it.

MANAGER’S VIEWS

Going into today’s game, Burnley manager Sean Dyche, says of the possible advantage given our recent trip to Russia, “They can make changes, a number, and it is more shifting styles and different types of quality. It might be helpful but you don’t know until the whistle blows. If they are feeling some of the effects then that might be helpful but if not we know the top sides are very strong.”

Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard, meanwhile, says “I would always respect a Burnley team managed by Sean Dyche with the qualities that they have. I watched the game against Tottenham and they were very unfortunate to not take anything from the game against a very good Tottenham team. It was everything you would expect from Burnley in terms of their organisation, effort, desire and qualities. I think you can pigeon hole Burnley, but I don’t.

I think it’s a great achievement by Sean and what he has done at Burnley; it’s an absolutely fantastic achievement actually when you think of the balance of the Premier League, spend and outgoings relative to the results he has produced year after year.  I know they have quality players, a very effective way of playing and a quality manager so I expect a tough match.”

SQUAD NEWS

For Burnley, Ben Mee and Jack Cork are injured and Phil Bardsley remains unavailable following a positive coronavirus test. Erik Pieters and Johann Berg Gudmundsson are doubtful (both calf).

For Chelsea, Kepa Arrizabalaga’s (shoulder) is unavailable and Billy Gilmour (knee) is not ready for a return yet. Thiago Silva should return.

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TEAMS

BURNLEY (Possible line-up): Pope; Lowton, Long, Tarkowski, Taylor; Gudmundsson, Westwood, Brownhill, McNeil; Wood, Barnes

CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Mendy; James, Zouma, Silva, Chilwell; Kante, Kovacic; Ziyech, Havertz, Mount; Werner

CURRENT FORM (PL)

BURNLEY: LLLDL

CHELSEA: WLDWDD

OTHER STUFF

  • Burnley have beat Chelsea once in 12 Premier League matches.
  • Burnley’s last top-flight home win against Chelsea came in August 1973
  • Burnley could lose four consecutive Premier League home games for the first time since 2010.
  • Chelsea are unbeaten in all six of their Premier League fixtures away to Burnley.
  • Burnley could suffer five defeats in their opening six top-flight matches for the first time since 1927-28.
  • Chelsea have conceded 42 Premier League away goals since the start of last season.
  • Burnley have won just one of their past 24 home league games against established top-six six sides

PREDICTION

BBC Sports: Burnley 1-1 Chelsea

Sportsmole: Burnley 1-3 Chelsea

90min: Burnley 1-2 Chelsea

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