Premiere League: Chelsea vs Burnley Lineups, Preview & Prediction

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2016/17 Premiere League Champion Chelsea will take on Burnley this Saturday, Aug 12 at Stamford Bridge for Premiere League.

The Blues recently lost the FA Community Shield against Arsenal last August 6 which resulted on a one all tie but the Gunners won via penalty shootout (4-1). Last July 29, Chelsea managed to get a goal but Internazionale got two, resulting in a loss.

While Burnley won a friendly match against Celta de Vigo at Turf Moor last August 2 which resulted in a 2 all tie. Last Saturday, Burnley had a match against the Hannover 96 when Ben Mee had a goal but it ended up in vain after the game was abandoned at half-time.

Possible Lineups

Chelsea Starting XI (3-4-3)

 

FW: Alvaro Morata, Willian, Michy Batshuayi

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MF: Marcos Alonso, Cesc Fàbregas, N’Golo Kante, César Azpilicueta

DF: Gary Cahill, David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger

GK: Thibaut Courtois

 

Burnley Starting XI (4-4-2)

FW: Andre Gray, Sam Vokes

MF: Robbie Brady, Ashley Westwood, Jeff Hendrick, Scott Arfield

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DF: Charlie Taylor, James Tarkowski, Ben Mee, Matthew Lowton

GK: Tom Heaton

 

Key Points

Chelsea’s Lineup Change

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Morata had a chance to play for only 16 minutes in his first game as a Chelsea player; he also played a penalty shootout but failed to have a goal. Since Eden Hazard is currently injured, Morata will take his place for the next game. While Michy Batshuayi should take Diego Costa’s position after it was recently confirmed that he will not play for the club anymore leaving Morata as the main striker. It’s also important to note that Pedro’s absence from the lineup due to an ankle injury might affect the game.

Antonio Conte started to coach Chelsea FC since 2016 and managed to get 37 wins and three draws but conceded seven games in over 47 matches using his defensive 3-4-3 formation. When defending, they form a 5-4-1 formation with their left and right mid-fielders moving to the back. However, it also gives the best set up for the teams’ striker when they revert back to 3-4-3 despite its unorthodox style.

 

Burnley’s Goodbye and Hello

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Michael Keane moved to Everton, leaving Burnley with one less good center-back player. However, they recently acquired Jack Cork from Swansea last July 11. The defensive midfielder might take some time to gel and prove himself with Burnley but we might see him playing as a substitute on the next game against Chelsea.

Sean Dyche has been coaching for Burnley since 2012 and with his 4-4-2 formation, his team has a win percentage of 39.9% in over 218 games played. In their last outing against Chelsea, they maintained good control of Chelsea’s threats in possession, while also creating chances to score goals.

 

Prediction

Burnley has been getting a lot of wins recently but they haven’t faced a team like Chelsea yet. Even if Conte no longer has plans for Costa, he trusts his new players can carry Chelsea to victory. However, Burnley should be confident with the lack of moves the Premier League champions have done throughout the transfer window. Although, it’s hard to count out Conte’s side even with the absence of Eden Hazard, Diego Costa, and Pedro.

 

Projected Winner: Chelsea F.C. (2-1) Burnley

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