Saturday 12 Aug

Chelsea vs Burnley - Match preview

10 Aug 2017 Ed Mackey ENGLAND: Premier League
ENGLAND: Premier League

Chelsea FC

  • L
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • L

vs

Kick-off
14:00 GMT
12 August 2017

Burnley FC

  • W
  • W
  • W
  • D
  • D

Kick-off
14:00 GMT 12 August 2017

As the Premier League returns for another action-packed season, there are several teams in the running for the title. One of those sides is last campaign’s champions, Chelsea, as they look to retain their trophy and their opening fixture, is at Stamford Bridge where they welcome relegation candidates Burnley. The Clarets had a decent season last time out with a 16th-place finish as their supreme home form kept them in the division. They’ll be hoping for a better finish this term and a shock win against the champions would start it off perfectly.

STATS

  • Chelsea were in imperious form as they brought the league title back to West London and they won all six of their last six games in the league. However, they missed out on the domestic double as they were beaten 2-1 in the final of the FA Cup by rivals, Arsenal. Arsene Wenger’s side then beat them in the Community last weekend as the first piece of silverware was claimed by the Gunners after a penalty shootout.
  • Burnley struggled at the back end of last season and they saw themselves slip into a relegation battle that they could have and should have comfortably avoided. They only won one of their last six games but weren’t in any real danger of dropping out of the top flight. Their 2-1 home loss to West Ham on the final day ended a decent season on a poor note, one that Sean Dyche definitely wouldn’t have wanted.
  • After Diego Costa looks almost certain to be leaving Stamford Bridge, the pressure falls onto the shoulder of new signings, Alvaro Morata to score the goals for the Blues. The former Real Madrid striker should make his debut on Saturday.
  • Burnley have also lost their main forward this summer as Andre Gray completed a move to fellow Premier League side, Watford. Sam Vokes will be desperate to rekindle the form that saw him make a real name for himself at Turf Moor.

HEAD TO HEAD

Needless to say that this is a fixture that has been dominated by Chelsea in recent years as the Blues haven’t been beaten by Burnley since 1973 and have won four of the last six meetings. Both teams have scored in four of the last five games so the Clarets haven’t struggled for goals.

CHELSEA NEWS

While it should be a routine victory for Antonio Conte’s side, they are without star man, Eden Hazard for the clash as he picked up an ankle injury while on international duty. New addition, Tiemoué Bakayoko won’t feature as he hasn’t partaken in a full training session yet while Victor Moses is suspended for a red card in the FA Cup final.

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06.08.2017 Comm Arsenal FC Chelsea FC 5:2 L
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25.07.2017 Inte Chelsea FC Bayern Munich 2:3 L
25.07.2017 Club Chelsea FC Bayern Munich 2:3 L

BURNLEY NEWS

It is very unlikely that Burnley will take anything from this match but with a fully available squad, they have the best possible chance as they will ever have. The recent departure of Gray will have disrupted their preparation but Dyche should be able to cover the void left by the Englishman.

Latest matches: Burnley FC

01.08.2017 Club Burnley FC Celta de Vigo 2:2 D
29.07.2017 Club Nottingham Forest Burnley FC 1:1 D
25.07.2017 Club Preston North End Burnley FC 1:2 W
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22.07.2017 Club Alfreton Town FC Burnley FC 2:3 W

SUMMARY

Chelsea are fully expected to take all three points from their first game of the 2017/18 season whilst any positive result for Burnley would be huge. Even though they have a few big players missing, the Blues should have no worries dispatching Burnley in this one and it could be a game that gets out of hand very quickly. Expect a comfortable Chelsea win.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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