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Monday, 18 August 2014

TEAM NEWS Chelsea v Burnley


Burnley summer signing Lukas Jutkiewicz could partner Danny Ings up front after impressing in pre-season.
Goalkeeper Tom Heaton is fit after missing several warm-up games with a calf injury.
Chelsea could hand debuts to new trio Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa and Filipe Luis - and keeper Thibaut Courtois.
The Blues will assess Didier Drogba's knee injury, while several players involved in the latter stages of the World Cup may lack match fitness.


This will be a special game but nothing will replicate a memorable, balmy August evening in 2009 that was barmy!
Who will ever forget Robbie Blake's stunning volley versus champions Manchester United that literally shook the stands at Turf Moor to ensure a famous win.
Burnley's ground was a difficult patch on which to gain a result that season - they followed up that win with a victory over Everton and also held Arsenal in December.


"Turf Moor will be rocking again on Monday but I think Burnley are playing the team that will go on to win the league title."
However, after losing just once in their opening nine games at Turf Moor they then found the going tough, and won only two more home matches after Christmas.
Sean Dyche has been busy bolstering his squad but his investment is only a small fraction of the spending of Jose Mourinho, who has been quick to address the weakness from last season - a lack of goals.
Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas will provide a new dimension going forward, and with left-back Filipe Luis also arriving and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois returning it's easy to see why many fancy Chelsea for the title.
The Blues' additions are worth around £80m compared to Burnley's outlay of just over £6m on seven new players, yet that hasn't stopped some Clarets fans backing their side to win the Premier League  at odds of 10,000-1!
I'm sure the bookies will expect an away win on Monday when you consider Chelsea's excellent record on the opening weekend in the Premier League.

Robbie Savage on Burnley v Chelsea:

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"In terms of technique and talent, then player-for-player Chelsea are far better than them, but the Turf Moor crowd can create an amazing atmosphere - and Burnley's players can get in Chelsea's faces and turn the game into a horrible dog-fight."
They have not lost their first league fixture since a 2-1 loss at Coventry in 1998 and have not conceded a goal on the opening day in the last four seasons.
Many pundits have Burnley as favourites for an immediate return to the Championship although it's worth pointing out that this time last year, the East Lancashire club were also tipped for relegation into League One.
Sean Dyche has already been dubbed "the ginger Mourinho" by some, and if he can pull off another unexpected success for a second season he could really claim to be Burnley's "Special One".


  • Burnley have not beaten Chelsea in a top-flight match since a 1-0 victory at Turf Moor on 28 August 1973.
  • However, they did beat the Blues in Division Two home games in 1977 and 1983.
  • More recently, the Clarets eliminated Chelsea from the fourth round of the League Cup in 2008 after beating them on penalties at Stamford Bridge.
  • Burnley have avoided defeat in their first league fixture in the last four seasons (W2, D2).
  • However, they lost their only previous opening game in the Premier League, which was a 2-0 defeat to Stoke in 2009.
  • Burnley allowed fewer shots on target against them than any other team in the Championship last season (159).
  • Right-back Kieran Trippier registered 14 assists last season - the second highest tally in the second tier - despite not being a regular set-piece taker.
  • They have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 27 Premier League matches.
  • Chelsea have not lost their first league fixture since a 2-1 defeat at Coventry in 1998. They have won 13 of 15 opening games since, including all five matches with Jose Mourinho in charge.
  • They gained 17 points from losing positions last term - the joint-best record in the top flight (along with Tottenham).
  • The Blues are unbeaten in their last 10 Premier League matches played on a Monday.
  • Petr Cech's save percentage in last season's Premier League (76.9%) was bettered only by Sunderland's Vito Mannone (77.4%).
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