Burnley vs Chelsea Preview: Can the Blues further cement third place in the table?

Both teams ahead of today’s clash are undergoing their own club turmoil. The Chelsea squad is still reeling from the news that Roman Abramovich is planning to sell the club. Meanwhile, Burnley are fighting to get themselves out of the relegation zone. Neither team can afford to lose their cool.

On paper, it looks like an easy match for the Blues. But players’ minds might be elsewhere this weekend with everything that is going on regarding Abramovich’s likely departure from SW6. There is no doubt a major distraction from the game at hand.

Burnley on the other hand, have a recent history of upsetting some of the league’s biggest clubs – they beat Tottenham last week 1-0, and have drawn with both Manchester United and Arsenal since the turn of the year.

The Turf Moor side will have their work cut out for them, and a win against Chelsea could be huge for their season. They will show up ready for a battle, and the Blues cannot be caught off guard.

Burnley vs Chelsea: Current form (last five matches)

Chelsea: W L W W W

Despite a hard-fought loss against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup final, Chelsea have been in good form recently. The Blues were able to come back from a 2-1 deficit against Championship side Luton Town last time out to secure an FA Cup win.

In typical Chelsea fashion, goals continue to come from unexpected sources. Timo Werner has impressed recently to the surprise of many, and Romelu Lukaku could’ve earned his spot back in the starting lineup after bagging against Luton. Saul scored his first ever Chelsea goal against the Hatters, so competition for playing time is quite high coming into this match.

Burnley: L D W W L

Burnley’s form of late has been all over the place. They currently sit 18th in the table – just one point behind Everton, so a win over Chelsea could lift them out of the bottom three. Although unlikely, Chelsea are coming to Turf Moor with baggage, so it would be the perfect time to exploit The Blues’ current club drama.

Despite a relatively solid performance, Sean Dyche’s side lost to Leicester City 2-0 just a few days ago. However, they managed to secure a combined seven points over Crystal Palace, Tottenham and Brighton in the three games before their loss to the Foxes, so there is something for Burnley to find positives from.

Team news and lineup predictions

According to Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea haven’t picked up any new injuries coming into this game. Cesar Azpilicueta and Hakim Ziyech are questionable in terms of fitness while others, like Reece James, may be eased back into action.

With so many players putting in good performances recently, Tuchel has his work cut out for him, especially when building a front three. Regular starters have been struggling lately while off-the-bench players keep scoring. Players like Saul and Ruben Loftus-Cheek shone against Luton Town, so the starting lineup could really go any direction.

On the opposing side, Dale Stephens, Matej Vydra, Erik Pieters and Johann Berg Gudmundsson are all expected to sit this match out. One of the Clarets’ key defenders, Ben Mee, picked up a knee injury in their last match and is questionable to face Chelsea.

Burnley vs Chelsea: Final Predictions

Ultimately, Chelsea will likely put this one away, further securing 3rd place in the table. Despite Burnley planning to put up a tough fight, the Blues have been in solid scoring form all around recently. Players are feeling confident and things have continued to look good on the pitch even during this period of uncertainty.

Final prediction: Chelsea 2-1 Burnley.

Chelsea:

Mendy; Chalobah, Thiago Silva, Rudiger; Alonso, Kante, Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi; Werner, Lukaku, Mount

Burnley:

Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Roberts, Taylor; Lennon, Brownhill, Westwood, McNeil; Weghorst, Barnes

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Written by Christoper Butler (@Chr1sButler)

Edited by Luka Foley (@UOGLuka)


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