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Burnley vs. Chelsea Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
24 October 2019
Saturday 26 October
Turf Moor – Premier League
Chelsea look to continue their impressive league form, but face an improving Burnley side on Saturday. The Clarets have lost just one out of their last five games and have seemingly rediscovered their defensive resilience.
Burnley held Chelsea to a draw when the sides met at Stamford Bridge last season. Sean Dyche’s side opened the scoring through Jeff Hendricks, only for N’Golo Kante and Gonzalo Higuain to rapidly respond, before Ashley Barnes scored the fourth and final goal of the game before half-time.
Dyche has remained true to his formula despite his side’s struggles, with Chris Wood likely to start in a front two alongside the returning Ashley Barnes. Jack Cork is expected to remain sidelined, meaning a midfield due of Jeff Hendrick and Ashley Westwood will continue in central midfield.
Frank Lampard may be forced into rotations having played on Wednesday night against Ajax. Fringe players such as Christian Pulisic and Michy Batshuayi may get a chance to prove themselves whilst Antonio Rudiger and Mateo Kovicic could return from injury.
Burnley vs. Chelsea Preview and Predictions
Despite losing their last game, against Leicester, there is a returning sense of optimism amongst Burnley fans, having turned around a poor start to the season to win all of their games in September. Even so, the Clarets have a difficult task ahead of them, keeping out a Chelsea side in top-form. Indeed, Burnley are 4.40 to win compared to Chelsea’s 1.76, with the draw at 3.95.
The Blues have now won three consecutive Premier League fixtures, including a potentially difficult trip to Southampton. Frank Lampard’s sign have seemingly discovered the balance to break down deep-lying opponents, without becoming overly exposed on the counter-attack. The pace of young centre-back Tomori has certainly aided in recovery, and the side will be bolstered further by Rudiger’s return.
Even so, the Blues have at times looked daunted by sides that play aggressive open football against them, and Burnley have had success in the past by getting up in Chelsea’s faces. Having grown accustomed to having time of the ball, the fast pressing, aggressive defensive style that Dyche encourages has seen them lose just once at Stamford Bridge in the last four years.
Burnley may not be as good as they have been since returning to the Premier League, but are at least playing their best football so far this campaign, and should give Chelsea a real game on Saturday.
Mason Mount to score first at 8.00
The midfielder has been out of the goals in recent weeks but has been unlucky not to put a number of decent attempts away.
Both teams to score at 1.67
Will Chelsea’s defence struggling already, player fatigue should give Burnley the opportunity to break through.