Premier League 27/08/2016
Chelsea v Burnley
Kick off 3pm
Chelsea have fond memories of facing the Clarets, not simply from a recent head-to-head viewpoint as the realities below suggest. The past two seasons Burnley have remained in the top flight have ended with the London side being crowned champions.
A fresh start under Antonio Conte has certainly produced a substantial upturn in efficiency. The Blues winning all three of their competitive away matches this season. Although the cavalry was ultimately hired to put the midweek EFL Cup tie versus Bristol Rovers to bed. Michy Batshuayi had certainly done his bit with a brace long before Eden Hazard, Oscar and John Terry were summoned from the bench to mark their quality on proceedings.
The Batshuayi brace comes hot on the heels of a very first Premier League strike from the young Belgian against Watford last weekend. The way Batshuayi and Diego Costa have integrated in attack when handed the chance, Conte must be exceptionally close to releasing both from the start.
That would require a modification in midfield, with either N'Golo Kante or Nemanja Matic most likely to make way. However the odds-on favourites ought to have the ability to cope in the middle of the park against a Sean Dyche side whose wind was knocked from their sails. As victory over Liverpool at Turf Moor was followed by cup defeat at the hands of Accrington Stanley in midweek.
The Lancastrians will take heart from a 1-1 draw the last time they visited this ground. Burnley can be backed at odds in excess of 5/1 to escape with a point once again and 3/1 in the double-chance market.
Chelsea are still a couple of players short of where they need to be to challenge back at the top this time. The Blues will be desperate to land a quality defender prior to the due date with a view to doing simply that. However they've got their confidence back and one player seemingly reinvigorated under Conte is Branislav Ivanovic. He looks worth a little interest to continue his scoring record versus Burnley. The Serbian, who has scored in two of his three starts versus this weekend's opposition, completely lost his way last season. However Ivanovic looks much more assured once again defensively and will remind all of us of his prowess in front of goal soon.
Ivanovic is around 20/1 to score first however with a lot attacking skill anticipated to be in the Chelsea XI backing him any time at 15/2 appeals more.
Chelsea v Burnley Prediction
Correct Score Predictions
Chelsea 3-1 Burnley @ 12/1
Chelsea 2-1 Burnley @ 10/1
Chelsea 3-0 Burnley @ 13/2
Chelsea v Burnley Opta Stats
Chelsea are unbeaten in their four Premier League matches with Burnley, winning three and drawing one.
Burnley have discovered the back of the goal in all but one of their last eight clashes with the Blues in all competitions. (A 3-0 top-flight defeat to Chelsea in August 2009).
Branislav Ivanovic scored in both league meetings in 2014/15, the last season the two sides met.
The Blues have lost only one of their last 45 Premier League house games versus newly-promoted opposition, but this came last season versus Bournemouth (0-1).
Diego Costa has scored seven goals in nine Premier League appearances for Chelsea in the month of August.
Costa is among 38 various players to have scored 10+ goals for Chelsea in the Premier League. However he has the best minutes per goal ratio of all these players. He nets a goal every 137 minutes typically.
Burnley have only collected two points from 11 previous visits to London in the Premier League (W0 D2 L9), scoring six times and yielding 28 goals.