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PREVIEW: Burnley v Chelsea

Tale of the tape as the Clarets prepare to face Chelsea at Turf Moor

27 October 2018

Two sides who have flown the flag for the Premier League in the Europa League meet at Turf Moor on Sunday.

The Clarets’ involvement ended at the final qualifying stage as they went down fighting against Olympiakos.

Chelsea, meanwhile, gained direct entry to the group stage and after three straight wins looks to be on their way to the knock-out phase.

While the Clarets found their early-season workload a new challenge, old hands Chelsea are also having to balance their considerable resources as they look to sustain a challenge for domestic and European honours.

And having comfortably beaten Belarus champions and league leaders Bate Borisov on Thursday night, manager Maurizio Sarri hopes his squad rotation again pays off.

Sarri rested eight players for the win at Stamford Bridge and will ring the changes again at Turf Moor as he brings back his big guns.

‘I think we need to change six or seven players for Sunday,’ said Sarri, who wheeled out only Kepa, Mateo Kovacic and Willian from the side that had drawn with Manchester United last weekend.

‘It’s very difficult in England to play in Europe. In the Champions League, Liverpool had to play against Napoli after two matches against Chelsea.

“Man United had to play against Juventus three days after the match against us at Stamford Bridge. We have to play 65 hours after the BATE match, so it’s very difficult for an English team to be competitive in Europe.”

Sarri is new to English football but has hit the ground running. The Italian, 59, is yet to taste defeat in the Premier League and avoiding a loss at Burnley will take him to within Frank Clark’s record of 11 games unbeaten at the start of a Premier League reign.

But the former Napoli boss knows it won’t be easy to extend his record against the Clarets.

He added: “I think the game against Burnley will be very difficult because last season I saw a lot of Burnley’s home matches and so I know very well it will be a difficult match, especially there.”

The Clarets famously won 3-2 at Chelsea on the opening day of last season when Sam Vokes notched a memorable first-half double.

And the striker, who this week signed a new long-term deal at Turf Moor, hopes lightning strikes twice.

Vokes said: “It was a great day and we will be looking to emulate that on Sunday.

“It’s another big test for us. It was a tough one at Manchester City last week, we know that, but bouncing back from that and back at Turf Moor this is a huge game for us.

“We’ll be looking to make it hard for them, play our own way and get a result.”

Read the thoughts of Burnley boss Sean Dyche HERE

Team news

Robbie Brady returns to the Clarets’ squad and could make his first Premier League appearance since December.

Fellow wingman Aaron Lennon is a doubt through illness and Ben Gibson is not yet ready to return following his run-out in the U23s this week.

Chelsea play-maker Eden Hazard faces a fitness check following a back injury which kept him out of the Blues’ Europa League win on Thursday night.

Form guide

The Clarets’ defeat at champions Manchester City last Saturday ended their unbeaten three-game run in the Premier League.

Sean Dyche’s side has taken four points from their last two home games.

Third-placed Chelsea are unbeaten this season – bar a Charity Shield defeat to Manchester City in August.

They have drawn two of their last three games in the Premier League – to Manchester United and Liverpool – and come to Turf Moor on the back of a third successive win in the group stages of the Europa League thanks to a 3-1 victory over Bate Borisov of Belarus.

Opposition camp

Chelsea's former Clarets loanee defender Gary Cahill: “These are the games you need to win if you’re going to be at the top and compete come the end of the season.

Gary Cahill was sent off as the Clarets won 3-2 at Stamford Bridge last season

“This is a very difficult game at the weekend going away to Burnley, everyone knows that.

“So these are the games you have to churn out the victories in. That’s the way I’ve seen it over the years and this weekend will be no different.

“But we’re prepared, the momentum’s good, the form’s good, so we’ve nothing in that respect to fear.

“But we’re very respectful of how strong Burnley are at home, having proved that last season.”

Match stats

Clarets midfielder Jeff Hendrick will make his 300th club appearance – split between Derby County and Burnley – if he features against the Blues.

Robbie Brady’s full Burnley debut came against Chelsea in January, 2017 when he scored the Clarets’ equaliser, direct from a free-kick, in a 1-1 draw.

Chelsea have kept only two clean sheets in their 36 top-flight matches at Turf Moor, in 0-0 draws in 1963 and 1970.

Nine of Chelsea’s 20 league goals this season have been scored in the final 15 minutes of matches.

Referee

South Yorkshire-based Craig Pawson, who took charge when the two sides met on the opening day of last season.

Kick-off

Chelsea’s involvement in Europe means a switch to Sunday lunch-time, with a 1.30pm kick-off GMT. Don’t forget to put your clocks back.

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Match Reports

Burnley 0 Chelsea 4

Clarets swept aside as title-chasers again prove too strong

28 October 2018

For the second week running the Clarets found a Premier League title challenger packing too much of a punch as Chelsea left Turf Moor with their unbeaten record this season intact.

Despite the heroic efforts of goalkeeper Joe Hart, nine goals conceded in two games has done little for Burnley’s goal difference as the gulf in status between the powerhouses of the division and the rest was again laid bare.

A first-half goal from Alvaro Morata and second-half strikes from a revitalised Ross Barkley, Willian and substitute Ruben Loftus-Cheek were enough for Chelsea to cruise to a fourth away win in five this season.

Burnley were unable to lay a glove on opponents who have been rejuvenated by manager Maurizio Sarri.

And Sean Dyche’s men must now dust themselves down for more manageable battles to come as they hit the road to face West Ham and Leicester City in search of points ahead of the next international break.

Robbie Brady’s first Premier League appearance since December was a welcome sight in the only change to the Clarets’ side that had lost to champions Manchester City a week previously, as Aaron Lennon dropped out of the squad through illness.

And the wingman, whose full debut for Burnley had brought him a spectacular equalising goal against Chelsea in January, 2017, was heavily involved in a bright start from the Clarets.

Brady saw one early effort blocked and then fizzed another just wide after goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga had failed to deal with a cross from Matt Lowton.

With Johann Berg Gudmundsson stretching the Blues on the other flank and Steven Defour probing from deep, the Clarets made the Londoners work to get a foothold in the game.

But once they took command of the ball, Chelsea began to punch holes in Burnley’s back line, with Morata a central figure.

The Spain international saw Hart make a superb finger-tip save to keep out his header as he diverted the ball towards the top corner from Barkley’s attempted shot.

And then after Willian had curled an effort against the inside of a post, it was the same combination that created Chelsea’s opening goal.

Not for the first time N’Golo Kante got the Blues moving forward after Burnley lost possession before Barkley slipped through the perfect pass for Morata to slot home.

The striker could have completed a first-half hat-trick – dragging another shot wide after turning inside Ben Mee and then seeing Hart make another fine block – before a clash with James Tarkowski saw both players booked.

And in a bad-tempered end to the first half, Willian was then booked for diving as he tried to hoodwink referee Craig Pawson into awarding a penalty after going down through no contact from Lowton.

The better side of the Brazilian was still to come but not before Burnley had tried to respond with an upbeat start to the second half.

Again, though, Arrizabalaga wasn’t tested as neither of a couple of corners carried the threat which had seen Tarkowski head a Brady delivery just over the top when the score was 1-0.

And, as against City, the game was suddenly away and gone with two goals in the space of a damaging five minutes.

Barkley made it 2-0 when he rifled home a low shot from 25 yards after Kante had been the catalyst to another devastating counter-attack.

And Willian then got his goal when he cut in to curl an effort around a helpless Hart and into the bottom corner to underline the visitors’ dominance.

Dyche had sent on Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes to try and give Chelsea something to think about at the other end and then, with just over a quarter of an hour to go, was forced into a third substitution to end Jack Cork’s proud record.

The midfielder hadn’t missed a minute of Premier League football in 47 games since joining the Clarets before the start of last season but was finally beaten by an ankle injury to put another dampener on a tough afternoon.

Hart came out of it with great credit, making another brilliant save to tip substitute Olivier Giroud's header onto the crossbar as the World Cup winner added a further cutting edge to the Blues late on.

But even Hart at his best was powerless to stop Chelsea adding a fourth in stoppage time when Ruben Loftus-Cheek followed up his mid-week hat-trick in the Europa League by side-footing home to widen the gap still further as the Blues became the first side to score four at Turf Moor for eight years.

Burnley: Hart, Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Berg Gudmundsson, Defour, Cork (Westwood 63), Brady, Hendrick (Barnes 65), Vokes (Wood 59). Substitutes: Heaton, Bardsley, Vydra, Long.

Booked: Tarkowski, Hendrick, Brady, Gudmundsson

Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Kante, Jorginho (Fabregas 78), Barkley, Willian, Pedro (Loftus-Cheek 30), Morata (Giroud 74). Substitutes: Caballero, Kovacic, Zappacosta, Cahill.

Booked: Morata, Willian

Referee: Craig Pawson

Attendance: 21,430

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