It was back to winning ways for the blues when they travelled to Russia midweek with a convincing 4-0 victory over Krasnodar, though in truth a result of that nature was expected and they shouldn’t find Premier League sides to be as forgiving.
The most noticeable change about the Blues in recent weeks has been their resolute defending, now going three whole matches without conceding a goal in all competitions, while new signing Eduoard Mendy has now kept four clean sheets on the bounce.
Burnley are yet to really get going this season and are one of just three winless sides so far, with the other two being newly promoted duo West Brom and Fulham. No side has scored fewer than the Clarets this year (3), while even two of those came in their opening fixture.
Up against Top Six finishers over their last four years in the league, Sean Dyche’s charges have just a W5-D10-L33 record, while they haven’t beaten the Blues at Turf Moor since 1983, losing six of seven winless matches since then.
Chelsea’s squad still needs time to jell, though in truth they’ve managed to score three or more goals on six occasions already this season across all competitions from 10 matches, while they also achieved that feat in both meetings with Burnley last campaign so we’d expect Frank Lampard’s side to build upon their midweek win and get back to winning ways on the domestic front too.
What’s more, Sean Dyche has a slightly lengthy injury list to contend with. Captain Ben Mee completed 70 minutes in an Under-23 match, though this fixture comes a bit too soon for the centre-back, while Phil Bardsley remains out due to Covid and Eric Pieters hasn’t managed to recover in time which leaves the hosts short staffed at the back.
To make matters worse, Johan Berg Gudmundsson is a major doubt here with a calf complaint and that should play massively into the visitors hands.
Chelsea -1 Handicap
Frank Lampard isn’t as unfortunate as his opposing manager for this game, with the only real first team injury concern Thiago Silva now available for selection having missed the midweek trip to Russia.
The Brazilian has kept four clean sheets in five games for his new side, with the combination of him, Mendy and Kurt Zouma proving very effective, while the amount of firepower they have available going forward now indicates they’re well priced on the handicap.
Christian Pulisic To Score Anytime
Christian Pulisic scored his first professional hat-trick in this fixture last season, and while it’s taken a few games for him to get up and running following his injury, he looked sharp coming off the bench in the Champions League midweek, scoring the final goal with a smartly taken finish as well as winning his side’s second penalty of the game.
His first goal of the season would have given him confidence going into a game where he was unplayable last season and we’ll get behind the American to net again here.