The Blues hit the road once again, making the journey to Turf Moor to face a struggling Burnley side who are winless so far this season, only managing to register a single point in their opening 5 games and sitting 18th in the table.
Chelsea have been inconsistent in recent weeks, and seem to have lacked the ability to kill games off when given the opportunity, but a solid defensive display at Old Trafford and a decent display of attacking football in midweek in Russia, is this the change in fortune we’ve been waiting for? The decision to switch to a 4-3-3 with two attacking 8s against a Krasnodar team that were set up to defend worked perfectly and saw a cagey affair turn into an emphatic win, posing the question of whether or not we should be seeing this formation more often and against a normally resolute Burnley back line, Saturday’s game could be the perfect opportunity to showcase the formation to counteract the low block of a typical Sean Dyche side.
Third man runs from midfield through the likes of Kai Havertz and Mason Mount could be the key that unlocks a Burnley team that have looked less convincing than previous seasons at the back, and with Hakim Ziyech in line to make his first Premier League start, we can expect the deliveries into the box to be world class.
A trip to Turf Moor is never an easy one, but with an out of form Burnley side and a Chelsea team riding the wave of three consecutive clean sheets and a good win on Wednesday in the Champions League, all signs point to a fairly comfortable victory for Frank Lampard’s Blues – what could possibly go wrong?
I’m going for a solid 2-0 win away from home, and it if we do line up in a 4-3-3, expect to see Kai Havertz’s name on the scoresheet. As always – up the Chels.