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PREVIEW: Chelsea v Burnley

Build-up as the Clarets look to extend impressive Stamford Bridge run

10 January 2020

The Clarets hit the road for the first time in 2020 with a trip to Stamford Bridge.

It’s been a happy hunting ground before with a famous win on the opening day of the 2017/18 season the curtain-raiser for a race to Europe.

And last season, Sean Dyche’s men secured the point from a 2-2 draw in April that guaranteed Premier League safety.

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“All it does is it reinforces it’s a fact that you can do it down there. There are other clubs where we’ve had a really tough time. But we can factually do it down there,” said Dyche.

The Clarets have found it tougher going at home to the Blues, who won 4-2 at Turf Moor in October as Christian Pulisic left with the match ball on a night Burnley competed but were undone by defensive errors.

That was part of a six-match winning run for Frank Lampard’s side, who remain fourth in the table despite a more patchy record since.

The Clarets face three top-five sides in their next three games before a visit from Arsenal.

But Dyche remains undaunted by the itinerary ahead as his side looks to maintain daylight above the bottom three.

“Going forwards we have a tough run of games, but you’ve got to play them all,” added the Burnley boss.

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“There’s certainly no fear about it, it’s just the reality of being in the division.

“You could argue that after that from going to the end of the season we play what would be classed as three of the ‘big teams.’

“You can look at it any way. You’re going to play them all at one point.

“If you get them back-to-back, like we’ve got a run of that, it’s often a tougher challenge but you’ve got to play them all home and away.”

Team news

Ashley Barnes isn’t likely to figure for the Clarets as the striker awaits the outcome of further investigations into an on-going groin problem.

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Jay Rodriguez and Phil Bardsley will be assessed following bouts of illness this week and winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson definitely misses out with a hamstring injury.

Chelsea will be missing Christian Pulisic – their hat-trick scorer in the reverse meeting – with a hip injury and left-sided defender Marcos Alonso due to a muscle problem.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Marco van Ginkel remain out through injury.

Form guide

The Clarets knocked Peterborough United out of the FA Cup last weekend but will be looking to end a three-game losing run in the Premier League which has seen them slip to 15th in the table.

Burnley have an impressive record at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League with just one defeat in their last four visits.

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Fourth-placed Chelsea – through to the last 16 of the Champions League – have a hit-and-miss record in recent weeks with five defeats and three wins in their last nine Premier League games.

Frank Lampard’s side beat Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup last weekend but have lost three of their last four home league games without scoring a goal.

They have won just four times at home in the Premier League this season.

Opposition camp

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard: "We need to take our chances in home games and I need to be pretty firm about that because it’s easy to say we’re unlucky or the ball hasn’t dropped for us but we have to get that right.

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"We work on that in training but there’s an element of it that is instinct and we need to find that killer instinct in front of goal because in terms of play, we’re controlling big parts of games but we’re allowing teams to stay in them.

"We get into the final third a lot, as much as any team in the country barring Liverpool, but we’re not converting chances at home."

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Ashley Westwood has assisted the Clarets last three Premier League goals and has the most assists for Burnley since the start of last season with 12.

The Clarets haven't scored in the first half of game since beating West Ham 3-0 in November.

Chelsea last lost three consecutive home Premier League games since November, 1993.

The Londoners haven’t completed the double over Burnley since 2009/10 when current boss Frank Lampard when in their team.

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Kevin Friend

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Eddie Smart

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“All it does is it reinforces it’s a fact that you can do it down there.

“There are other clubs where we’ve had a really tough time.

“But we can factually do it down there. It’s a different set of players down there as well.

“When we played them at home our chance count – especially the quality of chances – is as high as it’s been.

“We just didn’t deal with things at the other end. We’ve got to find that balance.

“We know you’ve got to defend well against these teams and we will have to do that.

“But, equally, we’ve got to remain a threat and that is a difficult balance to find, particularly away from home and particularly against the super-powers of the division.

“But we’ve found it before and we will have to find it again.”

 

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REPORT: Chelsea 3 Burnley 0

Depleted Clarets unable to halt Chelsea's top-four charge

11 January 2020

The Clarets again found facing top-six opposition too big a gap to ‘Bridge’ as the 100th meeting between the sides went Chelsea’s way.

The build-up to the century has often gone well for the Clarets on their recent trips to West London and another positive result would have been a welcome way to end a three-game losing run in the Premier League.

But once a desperately tight VAR decision had denied Sean Dyche’s side a possible opening goal, Chelsea got their noses in front from the penalty spot and never looked back.

A depleted Burnley line-up didn’t throw in the towel but the habit of conceding soft goals to the division’s leading lights again proved costly.

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And with Chelsea adding further goals from England youngsters Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi either side of the break they enhanced their Champions League qualification hopes to leave the Clarets more concerned with the other end of the table.

With illness and injury in the camp, the Clarets were forced into a change of personnel and shape.

Ashley Barnes’ absence with an on-going groin problem was compounded by illness to Jay Rodriguez, which left Chris Wood - who collected an early bloodied nose for his troubles - as the lone striker and the returning Jeff Hendrick behind him for support.

Hendrick scored the Clarets’ goal of the season here last season as Burnley - this time also missing widemen Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Robbie Brady - secured the point that guaranteed their Premier League survival.

And the Irish international was unfortunate not to put the Clarets ahead again when he had the ball in the net at the same end of Stamford Bridge.

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Starting his 100th league game for Burnley, Hendrick nodded in at the far post after Ben Mee had headed a Dwight McNeil free-kick across goal – only for Mee to be judged offside by VAR when the line verdict looked far from cut and dried.

The Clarets had handled the best part of half an hour well but then handed Chelsea the lead via the penalty spot.

Matt Lowton – back in the side after Phil Bardsley had missed much of the week’s training – slid in to block from Willian but didn’t get the ball before colliding with the Brazilian who knew what was coming and was already on his way to ground.

Jorginho slotted home to give the Blues their first home goal in the Premier League since early December and the Clarets a different kind of test.

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The response was impressive as Dwight McNeil forced Kepa Arrizabalaga into a smart save at the foot of a post to keep out a long-range free-kick as the Clarets continued to threaten from set-pieces.

And from the second of back-to-back corners Mee was denied an equaliser when Ross Barkley blocked his goalbound header on the line.

But rather than go into the break just one goal behind, the Clarets found themselves 2-0 down five minutes before half-time when Reece James crossed for top scorer Abraham to head too easily past Nick Pope.

If that was a damaging blow, what followed five minutes into the second half took the game completely away from the visitors as Callum Hudson-Odoi stretched Chelsea’s lead.

A VAR check again delayed the verdict but once no contact was detected on Abraham’s head from a Cesar Azpilicueta cross, Hudson-Odoi’s close-range finish was allowed to stand.

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The Clarets at least made sure they didn’t go under from then on in as they enjoyed their fair share of possession in trying to gain some reward.

But the best chances still came the hosts’ way as Abraham brought a fine reflex save out of Pope from a near-post flick before heading wide from a Mason Mount cross when he should have hit the target.

Pope also saved well from Mount, while the Clarets, with Ali Koiki joining four defenders on the bench for his first taste of senior duty, made the only attacking change they could in the shape of Matej Vydra in a vain attempt to gain a late consolation ahead of next weekend’s visit of Leicester City when they will look to claim their first point against top-six foes this season.

Chelsea: Arrizabalga; James, Christensen, Rudiger, Azpilicueta; Jorginho; Hudson-Odoi, Barkley, Mount, Willian; Abraham. Substitutes: Caballero, Pedro, Zouma, Kovacic, Batshuayi, Tomori, Emerson.

Booked: None

Burnley: Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Lennon, Westwood, Cork, McNeil; Hendrick (Vydra 73); Wood. Substitutes: Hart, Gibson, Pieters, Bardsley, Long, Koiki.

Booked: Westwood, Lennon

Referee: Kevin Friend

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