Antonio Conte’s ‘not so good’ Chelsea host EPL newcomers Burnley this weekend as Chelsea aim to mark their third consecutive win. Chelsea won against Sunderland and Watford in their first two games. But, the wins were not easily claimed. Chelsea had to fight hard to keep Sunderland at bay and they needed two goals in last 10 minutes to beat Watford. Chelsea’s star forward Diego Costa scored two winning goals in two games and both came in the dying minutes. Chelsea Vs Burnley can go anyway, but Chelsea’s experience and bench power may haunt Burnley.
Chelsea Vs Burnley Match Preview, Team News 27/08/2016
Burnley have defeatedJurgen Klopp’s Liverpool with ease, but they can not take Chelsea like Liverpool. Klopp has an unsettled squad at his disposal, but Chelsea’s squad is more settled. Also, Chelsea have been more potent in defending than Liverpool in the first two games.
Chelsea Vs Burnley Team News
The Blues will be without star player Willian who won Chelsea’s best player award last season. Pedro who replaced the Brazilian last game did not impress the Chelsea crowd and it was very evident that Chelsea missed Willian’s untiring engine. With Willian out and Pedro not so good, Victor Moses may be given the starting role that he deserves. Nemanja Matic who has been under heavy criticism may be dropped for Cesc Fabregas. The Spaniard’s vision and accurate passing skills made the victory possible for Chelsea against Watford.
Eden Hazard, Oscar, Diego Costa, N’Golo Kante are all expected to keep their starting births. Branislav Ivanovic was at fault for Watford’s opener and is one of the defenders whom Chelsea want to replace desperately. It’s evident that Conte prefers the Serbian, Chelsea’s impressive youth product Ola Aina may start against the newcomers.
The Clarets stunned the entire Premier League by defeating Liverpool in their second league game. Liverpool are one of the title contenders this season and the Burnley defeat just dethroned them from the list. After losing their Premier League opener to Swansea, the win gives Sean Dyche’s men some fresh hopes. Burnley will be without forward Ashley Barnes who is suffering from a Hamstring problem. Except for Ashley Barnes, Sean Dyche has a fit squad to select his starting XI.
Burnley are expected to start with the 4-4-2 formation. Vokes and Gray will lead from the front. Both the forwards scored against Liverpool last week and will be a threat to the ageing Chelsea defenders. If Chelsea are going to start Pedro in place of Willian, then Burnley will definitely target the right flank. With Ivanovic vulnerable at the back, Burnley should target the right side.
Chelsea Vs Burnley Predicted Starting XI
Chelsea (4-1-4-1 formation)
Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Kanté; Moses, Oscar, Fabregas, Hazard; Costa
Burnley (4-4-2 formation)
Heaton; Lowton, Keane, Mee, Ward; Boyd, Marney, Defour, Arfield; Gray, Vokes