Chelsea v Burnley

26 Aug

Willian of Chelsea

Chelsea’s attacking midfielder Willian missed last week’s win at Watford with a calf problem


Willian could return for Chelsea after recovering from the calf injury that ruled him out of the win at Watford.

Mikel John Obi, an Olympic bronze medallist with Nigeria, is expected to return after the international break.

Burnley look set to revert to the team that beat Liverpool last weekend with striker Andre Gray returning.

Forward Ashley Barnes (hamstring) is out until after the international break. Loanee Jon Flanagan is rested after playing 120 minutes in midweek.


Guy Mowbray: “As demonstrated against Liverpool, Burnley could win a decent percentage of their points this season in games you might not expect them to get anything from.

“Old-fashioned ‘two banks of four’ discipline allied to hard work and the ability to take their precious few chances can get teams a long way – ‘the Leicester way’ if you like.

“I’ve a feeling Chelsea will find a way through though – especially if Cesc Fabregas a) starts and b) can conjure another magical pass like the one for Diego Costa’s winner at Watford.”

Twitter: @Guymowbray


Burnley manager Sean Dyche: “We know the main target this year. It doesn’t mean we’re diminishing the thought of a cup but the main goal is what we’re trying to achieve in the Premier League, we know that.

“We know the challenge that’s ahead of us and we know there’s a group that we’d more be hoping to get points against and we know there’s a group that’s more difficult to get points against, particularly away from home, and Chelsea come into that.

“It is the beauty of football, that’s why we all love it, when you can go away to these places with a bit of freedom, take on the game and see what comes your way.”


“I expect Burnley to be in their usual 4-4-2 formation. They will be hard to break down, and will not care about not seeing much of the ball after winning last week with only 19% possession.

“But that was after they scored an early goal and I don’t see the same thing happening again at Stamford Bridge.”

Prediction: 2-0

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Burnley last won at Chelsea in 1971<!–



  • Chelsea are unbeaten in seven top-flight matches against Burnley since a 1-0 away defeat 43 years ago.
  • Burnley’s last win at Stamford Bridge came in April 1971. The Clarets have drawn three and lost six of their nine subsequent visits in all competitions, although they did knock Chelsea out of the League Cup on penalties in 2008 after one of those draws.


  • Chelsea could record successive home wins in the Premier League, having failed to do so throughout last season.
  • Relegated Aston Villa were the only side to record fewer home victories than Chelsea’s tally of five in 2015-16.
  • The Blues have conceded at least one goal in each of their last 13 league matches at Stamford Bridge since beating Norwich 1-0 in November 2015. It’s their longest run without a clean sheet since a 25-match spell in 1960-61.
  • Antonio Conte has lost just one of his last 32 league games as a club manager (W29, D2, L1).


  • Burnley scored with their only two shots on target to beat Liverpool last week despite having just 19.4% ball possession.
  • Sam Vokes scored his first Premier League goal in his 28th appearance in the division.
  • Sean Dyche’s side had the best away record in last season’s Championship, earning 42 points from 23 matches and losing just three times.

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