11 January 2020 16:32
BURNLEY, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Kurt Zouma of Chelsea stretches for the ball during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Chelsea FC at Turf Moor on October 26, 2019 in Burnley, United Kingdom. Burnley odds: Take the under as Blues defense takes pressure off by Scott Brant Another bottom half – bottom five, in fact – comes to Stamford Bridge and Chelsea fans are petrified. Neither Chelsea nor Burnley are bringing a head of steam into this fixture, but for the first time in well over a month the Blues will be at least somewhat rested. With six days since their last game, Frank Lampard's men should be able to run around – if not run over – Sean Dyche's, en route to a win. Scott Brant: Chelsea 2 – 0 Burnley.
Chelsea should win this match. I don't want to say "with ease" because it's at home, but Burnley aren't very good at all and the Blues have a crazy schedule looming in February. Tammy Abraham will join Hudson-Odoi on the scoresheet. Kevin Peacock: 1 – 0. Chelsea at home against a mid-to-low table team = oh no!
They will take the lead early on and then control the game, doubling their lead just after half-time and spend the rest of the game making sure they don't concede (stupidly or otherwise). After losing to many teams similar to Burnley, they look to come up strongly and put in a dominating display. That will happen, along with Abraham, Mason Mount and Willian scoring. A helter-skelter game of football will be decided by two moments of brilliance and one moment of confusion from Chelsea. Due to a lack of creative presence, Chelsea has struggled to break down defensively disciplined sides this season, which is a worrying to trend for a team aiming for the top four.
The press that set Chelsea apart in Lampard's early days could finally return with fresh legs, which is the only way for the team to stop this being a frustrating 1-1 draw. Chelsea is pleased to be in fourth place in the Premier League, but four teams are right behind them within six points as the top four battle continues to heat up. The Blues will look to build on its lead when it hosts Burnley on Saturday, looking to take care of a team it should beat at home, which has been a problem as of late. The Blues lost to West Ham and Southampton at home in recent months, while looking sharp on the road. The Blues are 11-3-7, while Burnley is in 15th place with a record of 7-3-11 and resting just four points above the relegation zone. Chelsea: It's time for this team to find its consistency now with this game and Newcastle next before the team's toughest stretch of the season coming up. Starting on Jan. 21, the Blues will enter a streak of facing Arsenal, Leicester City, Manchester United, Tottenham and Bayern Munich (Champions League). The Blues will be without the services of Christian Pulisic for this one and the next handful of games thanks to an adductor injury. Burnley: A string of three losses in a row has this team uncomfortably close to relegation, entering this game in 15th place and four points from the drop zone. Burnley plays Leicester City, Manchester United and Arsenal after this one. A point here would be golden, and the Blues' struggles at home will give them confidence. The Blues end their home struggles with a quality result to keep them firmly in fourth place. Pick: Chelsea 2, Burnley 0 Burnley bid for a first league win since before Christmas as they take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this afternoon. The Clarets have lost three games on the bounce to slip down the Premier League table ahead of their trip with Frank Lampard's side. And the Burnley camp has been hit by injuries and illness in recent days. Both Phil Bardsley and Jay Rodriguez had missed training with illness in the build up to the game while Ashley Barnes has been struggling with a groin problem. The Clarets are without winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson who suffered a recurrence of his hamstring injury in the FA Cup win over Peterborough United last time out. The Clarets are just four points above the bottom three after a run of six defeats in eight games and face a tough test against a Blues side sitting in fourth spot under Frank Lampard. But Burnley claimed a point at Stamford Bridge last season to all but secure survival while they have lost just one of their last four trips to Chelsea. The game is not on TV with the match kicking off in the traditional 3pm Saturday afternoon slot. Burnley also have an FA Cup fourth round tie against Norwich City this month as they bid for a place in the last 16. CHELSEA are back in Premier League action as they host Burnley to the Bridge. Unfortunately Chelsea vs Burnley is not on UK television due to 3pm TV blackout laws HALF-TIME: Chelsea started brightly, then faded and survived a Burnley goal on a marginal offside, then won a penalty and got a gift. Chelsea did finish the half playing some better football. 45+4min: Long ball towards Abraham is punched cleared by Pope, and that's the final action of the first-half. 45+2min: Barkley drives through the middle of the pitch, but is dragged back by McNeil, who earns himself a yellow. Free kick to Chelsea, just right of center, 25 yards out. Mount, Barkley and James conference over the ball — Barkley takes, the wall jumps, and the ball hits Hendrick in the head. 44min: Chelsea brimming with confidence at the moment and pass it around quickly, looking for openings in the Burnley ranks. Hudson-Odoi's cross from the right doesn't find a blue shirt however. 43min: Chelsea win the ball on the right flank and have numbers, but Mount has the ball pinched off his toes by a retreating Lennon. 41min: Chelsea come again as Barkley and Mount work it wide to James, who drives the box. Hudson-Odoi and James combine on the right, and the latter puts in a typically excellent cross. Abraham beats his man to head towards goal and it somehow ends in the back of the net as goalkeeper Pope and defender Mee seemingly get in each other's way! 36min: Tarkowski gets a forearm shiver from Rüdiger as they battle for a high ball. The Burnley man stays down for some treatment, but looks okay to carry on. Chelsea survive! 34min: Christensen's called for a foul on Wood, in a similar position where James gave one away earlier and Burnley scored an offside goal. This time McNeil tries to surprise Kepa at his near post, but Kepa gets across and parries for a corner. 32min: Barkley looks for Mount with a ball over the top, but Burnley are alive to the danger and clear. 30min: James answers with a mis-hit cross of his own at the other end. 29min: Burnley look for a quick response, but a cross from the right is well overhit. 27min: GOAL!! 23min: Abraham wins the ball high up, but Willian has no support and has to turn back. 22min: Chelsea have faded after a bright start, and now we looked to be in for the grind. 18min: James called for a push from behind and Burnley have a corner 30 yards out, in the left channel. Perfect delivery from McNeil finds Mee at the far post and he heads back across to a wide open Hendrick, who makes no mistake as he nods into the empty net. 16min: Mount goes short this time, but Willian can't find a shooting angle. The ball's worked back out wide to Hudson-Odoi eventually, but his cross is an easy catch for the goalkeeper. 15min: Barkley drives the box but is tackled. Hudson-Odoi recovers it on the wide flank and backheels to James, but his cross is blocked. Hudson-Odoi plays short to James, he puts in another great cross, which Burnley. 11min: Chris Wood has picked up a cut on his forehead bloody (broken?) nose and Burnley are desperately trying to stem the flow of blood. 8min: Mount and Willian combine, leading to another short cutback from the left, this time from Willian. Chelsea recover the ball and work it around, winning a corner on the right side. 6min: Mount and Barkley work the ball left to right, finding James. He whips in a cross, but the goalkeeper catches it ahead of the arriving Abraham. 4min: Mount takes the corner short and the ball's worked to Willian. Mount goes long but it's cleared for another corner. This time Chelsea go short again, but Hudson-Odoi's cross is cleared. 2min: Chelsea respond with a couple cutbacks from the left, first from Azpilicueta, then from Mount. Been told Kante suffered a hamstring injury in training with Chelsea yesterday. Chelsea starting lineup (4-3-3): Arrizabalaga | Azpilicueta (c), Rüdiger, Christensen, James | Barkley, Jorginho, Mount | Hudson-Odoi, Abraham, Willian Burnley starting lineup (4-5-1): Referee: Kevin Friend Streaming: NBC Sports Live, Universo Now (USA); HotStar (India); DStv Now (NGA); Chelsea TV (audio commentary only — int'l)