Chelsea vs Burnley Predictions
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- Chelsea have beaten Burnley in five of the teams’ last six league encounters.
- Chelsea have lost just two of their 10 Premier League home matches this season.
- Burnley have won just two of their 10 away league assignments this term.
- Chelsea have kept just three clean sheets in their last 10 league games.
Tuchel targeting first win
Thomas Tuchel’s first game in charge of Chelsea didn’t quite go as he would have hoped, and the German coach cut a frustrated figure on the sideline as the Blues limped to a largely uninspiring 0-0 draw at home to a determined Wolves team on Wednesday evening.
Tuchel had overseen just one training session with his new charges before their date with Wanderers however, and it will take time for his ideas and tactical philosophy to take hold.
Teething problems are to be expected as Tuchel finds his feet at Stamford Bridge, and Chelsea could endure another nervous moment or two against Burnley on Sunday.
Burnley’s stirring comeback
Burnley meanwhile, warmed up for their trip to London with a smash and grab victory at home to Aston Villa in midweek.
The dogged Clarets twice overturned a deficit at Turf Moor to beat the Villains, and the manner of their triumph should add another dollop of self-belief to the confidence they would have gained from beating Liverpool at Anfield last week.
Win but no clean sheet for Chelsea?
Chelsea ambled to a 3-0 win at Burnley in the teams’ reverse fixture back in October, though we don’t expect it to be similarly smooth sailing when the sides reconvene on Sunday.
Buoyed by excellent results against Liverpool and Aston Villa, Burnley will arrive at Stamford Bridge ready to throw their weight about, and we see them notching against their nervous hosts.
Chelsea have beaten the Clarets in five of their last six league encounters however, and with eager players hoping to impress their new, notoriously demanding coach, and Tuchel’s compatriots Werner and Havertz keen to make full use of their clean slates, we expect the Blues to eventually force a win.
As a result, backing the Chelsea and both teams to score combination is advised for what should prove to be a fascinating clash of styles on Sunday, while our 2-1 correct score prediction tips the Blues to break Tuchel’s duck with a victory by the odd goal in three.
Chelsea injuries and team news
Thomas Tuchel sprang a few surprises with his line up against Wolves, though Mason Mount, Timo Werner and Reece James among others will hope to feature from the start in the German’s second match in charge against Burnley.
Burnley injuries and team news
Josh Brownhill was forced off against Villa in mid-week and the midfielder could miss the Chelsea game as a result. Charlie Taylor is also rated as doubtful for the Clarets.