Chelsea are odds-on to claim a victory in their own background on Saturday, but Burnley will make this clash a tad more competitive than it might look.
Premier League 2019/2020
Date: Saturday 11th, January
Venue: Stamford Bridge
TV Channel: Sky Sports
Chelsea were pegged back 1-1 by Brighton last time out in the Premier League, but Frank Lampard’s side put behind the temporary setback to beat Nottingham Forest 2-0 here in the FA Cup.
The Blues have not been at their best form at Stamford Bridge in recent league games, managing just a solitary win from their last four here, including losing to the likes of Bournemouth and Southampton on the bounce.
Lampard will hope his squad depth continue to bail them out, with reserves Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ross Barkley getting the goals in that cup victory, and with the race for the top four getting tougher by the day, they can ill-afford dropping further points in the top flight.
Burnley eased past Peterborough 4-2 last weekend in their cup clash to halt a run of three consecutive losses that came in the Premier League.
The last time they went four without winning in the league was last season in March 2019, so Sean Dyche will demand his team build on the FA Cup win and thus, play spoilers for the Blues.
The Clarets have avoided defeat on three of the last four occasions they had made the trip to Stamford Bridge, so it is not all doom and gloom for them here.
Lampard have nearly a clean bill of health for this game, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Marcos Alonso and Christian Pulisic classed as the only injury doubts.
Chris Wood and Johann Gudmundsson pulled up with hamstring injuries vs Peterborough and are doubts to feature here.
Ben Gibson, Ashley Barnes (groin) and Aaron Lennon are also sidelined.
Head to Head
Both sides have managed 37 wins apiece in all competitive meetings while 25 games have been drawn.
There have been over 2.5 goals in each of the last five games between these two sides in the Premier League.
Chelsea are unbeaten in ten of their last eleven league games against Burnley.
There have been under 2.5 goals scored in six of Chelsea’s last seven home games in the Premier League.
Chelsea are the better side in this regard, having beaten Arsenal before drawing to Brighton in the league. The cup win versus Forrest sets them up nicely too. Chelsea’s last five games in all competitions (WLWDW)
Burnley have been dire in the league, and their recent results have backed up this. Winless in their last three league games, the Clarets secured a morale-boosting victory in the cup last time out. Burnley’s last five games in all competitions (WLLLW)
Burnley will be fired up to stop the rot they are currently embroiled in, and with that in mind it might not be all one-way traffic for Chelsea. The visitors are most likely to play a compact block, aimed at containing the Blues for as much as they can which could lead to opposing the goals market. You can get under 2.5 goals for 13/10 while a NO for Both Teams To Score is 4/5.