Burnley will be hosting Chelsea on Saturday. The fixture will take place at 8:30 pm IST on 5th March at Turf Moor. Both clubs will be playing their 26th match of the Premier League. Burnley are on the edge of the relegation zone whereas Chelsea looks strong in the top four of the table. The Blues look like the favorites before entering this fixture as their record against Burnley in previous fixtures suggests.
Burnley have played 25 games and has 21 points as they are 18 on the Premier League table. They had the most number of games in hand at the start of the year. However, they have failed to capitalize on those potential points. They still have a chance to survive the relegation battle if they secure a win against Chelsea.
Burnley Premier League Form: L W W D L
Chelsea are currently 3rd on the Premier League table with 50 points. They seem to have found their rhythm back again after consecutive strong displays. Players returning from injuries have helped them a lot to stabilize the season that was going downhill. However, they barely secured a 2-3 win against Luton Town in their FA Cup fixture.
Chelsea Premier League Form: D L D W W
Burnley vs Chelsea: The Clarets team news
Burnley will again miss the services of Dale Stephens, Erik Pieters, Johann Berg Gudmundsson, and Matej Vyadra. Moreover, missing Ben Mee remains a major injury scare that Burnley is facing right now. The defender faced a knee injury against Leicester and Sean Dyche remains hopeful but not certain about the situation. However, the defender is likely to be available against Chelsea.
Wout Weghorst will continue his great form for Burnley with a start against Chelsea. He will be partnered by Maxwel Cornet in the attacking lineup. Moreover, Aaron Lennon is set to start on the right-hand side against Chelsea.
Burnley possible starting lineup
Nick Pope; Connor Roberts, James Tarkowski, Ben Mee, Charlie Taylor; Aaron Lennon, Ashley Westwood, Josh Brownhill, Dwight McNeil; Wout Weghorst, Maxwel Cornet
Chelsea vs Burnley: The Blues team news
As established, Ben Chilwell is out for the remainder of the season due to a knee injury. Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen, Trevoh Chalobah, and Hakim Ziyech are also doubts to face Burnley. However, Chalobah has good chances of featuring as his groin problem against Liverpool needed stitches but should be fine to play in a back three against Burnley.
Reece James came off the bench against Luton Town and might start against Burnley. Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante also look set to take charge of the midfield. Whereas, Romelu Lukaku could start ahead of other striking options as he scored against Luton. He will be partnered with the likes of Mason Mount and Kai Havertz.
Chelsea possible starting lineup
Edouard Mendy; Trevoh Chalobah, Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger; Reece James, Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante, Marcos Alonso; Kai Havertz, Romelu Lukaku, Mason Mount
Burnley 1-3 Chelsea
Burnley might be heading on towards another upset as they go on to face a strong Chelsea side. The Blues have a lot of depth in their squad which could be vital in defeating Burnley. Chelsea might face some difficulties in the game initially but would get comfortable as the game progresses. Chelsea’s bench could be a lot to handle for the Burnley defense.
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