February 17, 2022 | News | No Comments
class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>Looking far more assured at the back in recent matches, Al Hain-Cole is backing the Blues to enjoy a straightforward win over Dyche's struggling side
Chelsea will be hoping to follow up their big Champions League win with a much-needed Premier League victory when they travel to Turf Moor to take on Burnley on Saturday.
The Blues ran out comfortable 4-0 winners in Krasnodar in midweek thanks to a late flurry of goals but have only won once in five league fixtures, having drawn their most recent two.
Burnley vs Chelsea latest odds
Having only lost one of their last 14 matches against this opposition, they are 1/2 (1.50) favourites with bet365 to collect maximum points here.
Sean Dyche’s men have claimed just a single point from their opening five matches this campaign but can be backed at 9/2 (5.50) to pull off a shock win in this one.
Three of the guests’ last four league fixtures have resulted in draws, and you can get odds of 15/4 (4.75) on them being held to a stalemate once again.
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Burnley vs Chelsea team news
Phil Bardsley is currently unavailable due to a positive Covid-19 test, while Erik Peters and Jack Cork are ruled out.
Kepa and Billy Gilmour are both injured and Marcos Alonso also misses out despite being back in contention once again after missing out against Krasnodar due to suspension.
Burnley XI: Pope; Lowton, Long, Tarkowski, Taylor; Westwood, Stephens, Brownhill, McNeil; Wood, Barnes
Chelsea XI: Mendy; James, Zouma, Thiago Silva, Chilwell; Kante, Mount; Ziyech, Havertz, Pulisic; Abraham
Burnley vs Chelsea preview
While the four-goal haul will have excited the supporters, Frank Lampard will perhaps have been equally pleased with a third consecutive clean sheet considering his side’s early season defensive issues.
With Edouard Mendy proving a stabilising influence in goal and Thiago Silva bringing his vast experience to the heart of the defence, they are starting to look a far more assured unit at the back.
This is bad news for a Clarets side that has scored a joint league low three goals so far this season, hitting the net just once in the last five matches in all competitions.
Burnley vs Chelsea predictions
All in all, odds of 13/8 (2.63) seem generous on Chelsea extending their run of clean sheets to four on their way to inflicting Burnley’s fifth defeat in six games.
All odds correct at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.