Burnley v Chelsea Premier League betting preview and tips
Burnley endured a tough start to the Premier League season, with the Clarets failing to win a match until 22 September, although Sean Dyche’s side then recorded a 4-0 win over Bournemouth and a 2-1 victory at Cardiff.
However, a 1-1 draw against Huddersfield and a 5-0 thrashing at Manchester City means that the Lancashire side are in danger of slipping back towards the relegation zone and they would love to get something against one of the stronger teams in the Premier League.
Nullifying Eden Hazard looks to be an imperative ambition, with the Belgian key to his team’s attacking threat and Manchester United showed how they could stop the attacking midfielder and get something against Chelsea.
Indeed, Willian often flatters to deceive in a similar position and there is an issue with the centre forward position, with Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud not convincing enough this season as Maurizio Sarri continues to rotate.
Therefore, Burnley might be capable of landing a point in this clash, especially with their opponents having been involved in Europa League action just a few days previously to this.
Ironically, it was the Europa League that affected Burnley’s opening matches of the season although the competition might actually benefit them this time around, with Sarri’s side in danger of losing touch at the top.
Burnley are a workmanlike team who will look to make life difficult for teams at Turf Moor and we shouldn’t forget that they finished seventh in the Premier League table last season.
While the stats often indicate that they are punching above their weight, Dyche is a canny operator who will have done his homework on Chelsea and will be aware of Marcos Alonso’s penchant for pushing forward in that left-back position.
Draw @ 4.75 with bet365
07Johann Berg Gudmundsson