Sunday 12 Feb

Burnley vs Chelsea Match Preview

12 Feb 2017 Stuart S. ENGLAND: Premier League
ENGLAND: Premier League

Burnley FC

  • W
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • L

vs

Kick-off
13:30 GMT
12 February 2017

Chelsea FC

  • W
  • W
  • W
  • D
  • W

Kick-off
13:30 GMT 12 February 2017

The Burnley vs Chelsea match will be played on Sunday, February 12th, 2017 at Turf Moor in Burnley. This is matchday 25 in the 2016/17 Premier League season.

Burnley is 12th with 29 points while Chelsea is 1st with 59 points.

STATS

  • Chelsea has won 16 of their last 18 Premier League matches
  • Burnley has won their last 5 Premier League matches at home
  • Chelsea has been winning HT/FT in 7 of their 9 Premier League matches
  • Burnley has kept a clean sheet in 5 of their last 6 home games
  • Chelsea has kept a clean sheet in 3 of their 5 Premier League away matches

HEAD TO HEAD

The two sides have met already this season with Chelsea winning 3-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Burnley hasn’t won a league match against Chelsea since April 23rd, 1983 (D1, L4)

Head to head matches: Burnley FC - Chelsea FC

27.08.2016 Prem Chelsea FC Burnley FC 3:0

BURNLEY NEWS

Sean Dyche must bang his head in frustration when Burnley are on the road; they can’t get a point for love nor money and have just a solitary draw at Old Trafford to show for their reward.

Thank goodness they are at home for this match! Only Arsenal, Manchester City and Swansea City have left Turf Moor with all 3 points this season and all of them were by the narrowest of margins.

They are however, missing key players for the visit of the champions-elect. Steven Defour, Dean Marney and Kevin Long are all out injured while Jeff Kendrick starts a three-match ban following his sending off in last weekend’s 1-2 defeat at Watford.

Four of their last 6 games have been at Turf Moor and they have all been wins. Indeed, they have won 9 of the last 10 home games in all competitions. The problem is that Chelsea are in outstanding form this year.

The Clarets are a well-organised side however. Sean Dyche likes them to work in banks of 4 when their opponents have the ball and in the big games, they are more than willing to do that, to frustrate. But don’t mistake them as reluctant to attack. Ashley Barnes and Andre Gray work well as a pair, prepared to mix pace with strength and Chelsea’s back three can expect a busy afternoon.

Latest matches: Burnley FC

04.02.2017 Prem Watford FC Burnley FC 2:1 L
31.01.2017 Prem Burnley FC Leicester City 1:0 W
28.01.2017 FA C Burnley FC Bristol City 2:0 W
22.01.2017 Prem Arsenal FC Burnley FC 2:1 L
17.01.2017 FA C Burnley FC Sunderland AFC 2:0 W

CHELSEA NEWS

But this is Chelsea we’re talking about. Arsenal were sent packing last weekend with the Blues good value for their 3-1 victory. Whatever Chelsea achieve this season – and they expect the title – the most notable aspect is how well Antonio Conte has last season’s lacklustre squad playing.

There is a verve and energy about the Premier League leaders which casts envy across the land. They work hard as a team and are capable of playing penetrative attacking football.

Eden Hazard put himself in contention for goal of the season last weekend, waltzing through the Arsenal defence and poses a danger to Burnley as Chelsea will look to hit them on the counter-attack.

Crucial to the game will be how well Burnley can protect their back four. It’s the most impressive part of Chelsea’s game; they are capable of attacking from both flanks with Alonso and Moses both prepared to use the full length of pitch and stretch the opposition defence to give Hazard, Costa and the supporting cast plenty of space.

Latest matches: Chelsea FC

04.02.2017 Prem Chelsea FC Arsenal FC 3:1 W
31.01.2017 Prem Liverpool FC Chelsea FC 1:1 D
28.01.2017 FA C Chelsea FC Brentford FC 4:0 W
22.01.2017 Prem Chelsea FC Hull City 2:0 W
14.01.2017 Prem Leicester City Chelsea FC 0:3 W

SUMMING UP!

Something has to give in this one. The Premier League’s best away record is pitted against the 3rd best home record. Chelsea are there to be shot at and Burnley are a hard-working side who won’t surrender easily.

But Antonio Conte has his side prepared to stretch their opponents and they are ruthless in attack. Diego Costa will relish the physical battle at Turf Moor, with Ben Mee and Michael Keane both refusing to cede ground against more famous opponents.

However, Chelsea are rightly favourites for this match and will expect to stretch their lead at the top of the table following Tottenham’s defeat Anfield.

About the author - Stuart S.

An English freelance sports writer, Stuart has written the Arsenal blog A Cultured Left Foot since 2006, as well as numerous betting previews and articles.

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