The Blues are on their travels again, as they travel to the North West to face Burnley on Saturday night. Frank Lampard is on his best winning run as a manager as his Chelsea side are in red hot form winning their last six in all competitions. This game signals a chance to search for a seventh consecutive win and we come into the game as favourites.
After a great performance midweek in the Champions League against Ajax, Chelsea will face a vastly different style of play here and will have to be wary of the dangers Burnley possess especially with their physical style of play. The Clarets are coming off the back of a narrow loss away at Leicester and return back home where they have won three out of four in the league this season. Turf Moor always proves a tough place to travel to and Lampard and his young team have another test to pass on Saturday night.
For Burnley, Jack Cork and Ashley Barnes are both set to return to the team with Cork missing their two previous matches and the latter missing the trip away to Leicester last week. Chelsea’s loanee Danny Drinkwater cannot play against his parent club due to the contract obligations in play but either way he remains sidelined with an ankle injury. Johann Berg Gudmundsson will also not feature as he recovers from a thigh injury.
The Blues will once again be without the trio of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger as all three aim to recover from injury. Christensen has a shorter return date than Rudiger who has a way to go before returning to the Chelsea team.
N’Golo Kante missed the trip to Ajax and could return to the squad at Turf Moor after he picked up a knock whilst on international duty but is unlikely to start. Emerson was on the bench against Ajax and is close to returning to this Chelsea team, if he can displace Marcos Alonso out of left back that is. Lastly, Ross Barkley turned his ankle against Newcastle last Saturday and is unlikely to be part of the matchday squad.
Chelsea come into this game in great form and are playing really well as a team at both ends of the pitch. Two clean sheets in two games is a stat that will please Lampard and Chelsea fans as the partnership of Fikayo Tomori and Kurt Zouma continues to blossom. Burnley have proved tough opposition for the Blues over the years, but have won their last two games at Turf Moor under their last two managers with Antonio Conte and last season under Maurizio Sarri with a very convincing four goal win.
Their playing style is not too dissimilar from Newcastle, as they will incorporate a deep block with men behind the ball as well as having strength in attack with Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes. Chelsea dealt with Joelinton well at the Bridge and with Zouma’s aerial presence and Tomori in great form, that threat hopefully should be easily dealt with. Expect this to be a very different game than the one in midweek; with more of an emphasis on the physical battles but ultimately this Chelsea team should have too much quality going forward and be able to create opportunities. If they can get an early lead and not be forced to play Burnley’s game, we should be looking at a comfortable seventh straight win for the Blues.
Burnley vs Chelsea
Kick off: 17:30 UK time
Sky Sports Main Event/Premier League