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Preview: Chelsea v Burnley

26 August 2016

Burnley travel for their first away game of the Premier League campaign when they visit Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Last weekend, goals from Andre Gray and Sam Vokes secured a 2-0 victory over Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.

This fixture last time around was an explosive encounter as Nemanja Matic saw red for his reaction to a mistimed Ashley Barnes tackle, before Ben Mee’s header earned the Clarets a deserved point.

In opposition, Chelsea have registered three wins out of three under new boss Antonio Conte. 

The Blues opened their season with a 2-1 victory over London rivals West Ham thanks to a late Diego Costa strike, before beating Watford by the same scoreline at Vicarage Road.

Last time out, two Michy Batshuayi goals helped them progress in the EFL Cup with a 3-2 home win over Bristol Rovers.

Conte further bolstered his ranks yesterday with the addition of Portugal international goalkeeper Eduardo from Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb on a one-year deal.

Chelsea 1-1 Burnley
Premier League
Saturday 21 February 2015
Goals: Ivanovic 14’; Mee 81’

Burnley 1-3 Chelsea
Premier League
Monday 18 August 2014
Goals: Arfield 14’; Costa 17’, Schurrle 21’, Ivanovic 34’

Burnley 1-2 Chelsea
Premier League
Saturday 30 January 2010
Goals: Fletcher 50’; Anelka 27’, Terry 82’

Burnley wins: 36

Draws: 23

Chelsea wins: 33

Sean Dyche on Chelsea: “Chelsea are one of the big clubs in the Premier League historically and they’ve started well this year with a new manager and big signings.

“We know the challenge that’s right ahead of us and we know there is a group of teams that are more kind of what we would be hoping to get points against and a group that it’s very difficult to get points against 
away from home and Chelsea come into that.

“But that’s the beauty of football and that’s why we all love it when you can go to these places with a bit of freedom, take on the game and see what comes your way.”

Antonio Conte on Burnley: "I watched Burnley's game v Liverpool last week and they were fantastic from a physical and tactical aspect.

"Every game is very tough in England, you must understand anything can happen. We saw that against Bristol Rovers.

"Burnley will be very difficult. They are very solid and always ready to counter attack with two good forwards.

"We've played three games and won them all but I've told my players we can improve a lot, that's logical."

Diego Costa has cemented a reputation as one of deadliest strikers in the division since his move from Atletico Madrid in 2014.

In his first season, the Spanish international scored 20 goals as Chelsea were crowned champions and he followed it up with 16 goals in the 2015/16 season.

Costa has started the season brightly, with his 89th minute winner proving decisive in the Blues opening game against West Ham.

And the meeting with Watford ended in similar fashion, with him calmly finishing off a superb pass from Cesc Fabregas.

Sean Dyche will again be without the services of striker Ashley Barnes as he continues to recover from a hamstring problem.

Jon Flanagan may come into contention after he got more game time against Accrington Stanley in the EFL Cup.

For Chelsea, Brazilian forward Willian trained yesterday but a decision is yet to be made as to whether he will be fit to play.

Michy Batshuayi netted twice in the week against Bristol Rovers and he may come into the thinking for a starting berth after Conte stated he was pleased with his desire and attitude.

Goalkeeper Eduardo is unlikely to feature having being brought in as back-up to Thibaut Courtois and Asmir Begovic.

Referee Mark Clattenburg will be in charge of Saturday's trip to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The County Durham-born official took 51 games last season, including the FA Cup, Champions League and UEFA Euro 2016 finals and issued 193 yellow cards and 7 red cards in the process.

In the 2015/16 season, he was also the man in the middle for our away fixture at Hull City on Boxing Day.

He has officiated one game so far in the current campaign, Leicester City's 0-0 draw with Arsenal in the Premier League.

Mr Clattenburg will be assisted by R West, S Bennett and Fourth Official S Attwell.

Andre Gray to score first NOW 12/1 (was 10/1)

Sam Vokes to score anytime NOW 17/4 (was 7/2)

Burnley to win 1-0 NOW 28/1 (was 22/1)

Both teams to score NOW 7/4 (was 5/4) 

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