Chelsea face a challenging trip to face an improving Burnley team, just days after their Champions League victory against Krasnodar.
The time that the Blues have to prepare for the fixture could prove an issue for them, especially when the long haul flights are factored in, and this could give a chance to Burnley, who are yet to win a match this season.
Frank Lampard’s men beat Krasnodar 4-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday but have drawn their last two Premier League games 0-0 and 3-3 against Manchester United and Southampton, respectively, either side of another goalless stalemate with Sevilla.
Given the heavy summer investment at Chelsea, Lampard is coming under increasing pressure to get a consistent tune out of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, and Co.
With that in mind, the former England international will be pleased to see that Burnley are having a tough time of it themselves, with the Clarets managing just three goals and one point from five Premier League games so far.
That being said, Sean Dyche’s men never make it easy for the big guns at Turf Moor, so Lampard can still expect a battle on Saturday afternoon.
🔮 Likely starting XIs
Burnley possible starting lineup:
Pope; Lowton, Long, Tarkowski, Taylor; Gudmundsson, Westwood, Brownhill, McNeil; Wood, Barnes
Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Mendy; James, Zouma, Silva, Chilwell; Kante, Jorginho; Ziyech, Havertz, Pulisic; Werner
Burnley have scored the fewest amount of goals in the Premier League so far this season, joint with Sheffield United. They have found the net on three occasions.
Ben Chilwell has created nine chances for Chelsea this season. This is the most of any player in the squad and he has started just three of the six matches so far.
🔑 Key facts
- Burnley have won just one of their 12 Premier League matches against Chelsea (D3 L8), with that victory coming at Stamford Bridge in August 2017 (3-2).
- Chelsea have won five of their six Premier League away games against Burnley (D1), netting at least twice in each victory. Indeed, the Blues have scored exactly four goals on each of their last two visits to Turf Moor, with Christian Pulisic netting a hat-trick in this fixture last season.
- None of the 12 Premier League meetings between Burnley and Chelsea have been goalless at half-time, making it the most played fixture in the competition to always have a goal scored in the opening 45 minutes.
- Chelsea have won nine points or fewer from their opening six Premier League games to a season in just three of their last 20 campaigns, with two of those instances coming during Frank Lampard’s tenure (8 pts in 2019-20 and 9 pts in 2020-21).
- Chelsea have won just three of their 12 top-flight games on Halloween (October 31st), losing last time out in 2015 versus Liverpool (1-3) – they’ve not lost consecutive top-flight games on this date since 1964, when the second defeat in this run came against Burnley.
- Burnley have lost each of their last three Premier League games at Turf Moor – they last lost four in a row at home in the competition in April 2010 under Brian Laws.
- Burnley have registered the highest percentage of passes long in the Premier League this season, with the Clarets going long with 19.6% of their passes.
- Chelsea kept just their second away clean sheet in the Premier League under Frank Lampard at Man United last time out. The Blues haven’t kept recorded consecutive shutouts on the road in the competition since a run of three in October 2018.
- Edouard Mendy is looking to become the first Chelsea keeper to keep a clean sheet in each of his first three Premier League appearances for the Blues since Petr Cech in August 2004.
- Burnley manager Sean Dyche has won just one of his 10 Premier League matches against Chelsea (D3 L6); against sides he’s faced 3+ times in the competition, he’s only beaten Arsenal (none) on fewer occasions.
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