Chelsea VS Burnley – LIVE Reddit Soccer 05/03/2022
Chelsea are well off the pace in the title race but have to concentrate on winning their remaining Premier League games and hope that both Liverpool and Man City go through poor runs of form. Burnley have the home advantage this weekend and have shown major improvements in recent weeks but haven’t fared well against Chelsea during their time in the Premier League together. Chelsea have won five of their last seven encounters with Burnley and haven’t lost against Saturday’s hosts since 2017. Of Chelsea’s last five wins against Burnley, four have produced clean sheets and we’re backing Chelsea to claim a win-to-nil on Saturday afternoon. Burnley have lost two of their last three home games, failing to score in each of those defeats, while Chelsea have won five of their last six outings and have secured four clean sheets during that period.
Burnley had a chance to move out of the relegation zone in midweek when they played host to a struggling Leicester side. However, the Foxes rediscovered their form, in the second half mostly, and ended up running out 2-0 winners. The first half ended goalless and the game really changed when Leicester introduced Maddison and Vardy in the second forty-five. Both players scored in the final 8-minutes of the game to hand the Foxes a 2-0 victory at Turf Moor. Chelsea were away against Championship opposition in midweek when they took on Luton in the 5th Round of the FA Cup. The underdogs lead at the break 2-1 thanks to goals from Burke and Cornick with Saul scoring a rare goal to keep Chelsea in the tie. Werner brought the Premier League side back onto level terms in the 68th-minute and 10-minutes later, Lukaku netted to secure Chelsea a 3-2 victory.
Premier League football resumes this weekend with Gameweek 28 of the 2021/22 season. The latest round of fixtures begins with the lunch-time kick-off between Leicester City and Leeds United before Burnley and Chelsea take the field at Turf Moor on Saturday afternoon.
Burnley’s campaign has been marred by the consistency of the wrong kind. The Clarets sit in the 18th spot in both home and away tables, with 12 draws pegging them back in the race to escape the relegation zone. The latest setback came in the midweek fixture against Leicester City, with the Foxes handing them a 2-0 defeat at the King Power Stadium.
On the other hand, 2022 continues to be a troubling year for Chelsea, even though they continue to eke out close wins. The Blues are set for new ownership to take charge, with Roman Abramovich taking the shocking decision to sell the club amid rising tensions in Ukraine. Amidst all this, Thomas Tuchel’s men most recently came from a goal down to beat Luton Town 3-2 in the FA Cup fifth round, bouncing back from their Carabao Cup final defeat to Liverpool.
Sean Dyche has one new injury concern hampering his preparations ahead of the visit of Chelsea. On Saturday, the Burnley manager could be bereft of the services of as many as five first-team players, although he could soon have a fully-fit squad at his disposal. Dyche is sweating over the fitness of Ben Mee, who is recovering from a knock to his knee. The Burnley boss described Mee’s situation as touch and go, but the veteran defender is likely to be available to take on Chelsea. The same cannot be said about Erik Pieters (knee), Dale Stephens (thigh), Matej Vydra (groin) and Johann Berg Gudmundsson (calf).
With Mee likely to be available, the Burnley captain will form the central defensive partnership with James Tarkowski. Connor Roberts and Charlie Taylor will be the two full-backs, with the duo largely staying pinned back to close down the half-spaces for Chelsea’s creative midfielders to work around. Nick Pope will be stationed in the Burnley goal and will be in for a busy evening on Saturday. The Clarets will be set up in their usual 4-4-2 formation featuring twin blocks of four that will aim to be disciplined to rob Chelsea of open spaces to exploit.
Ashley Westwood and Josh Brownhill will look to hold the fort in the middle of the park, with Aaron Lennon and Dwight McNeil being the two wide midfielders. They will be direct in their approach, acting as supply line of chances for the two imposing strikers, Wout Weghorst and Maxwel Cornet. Weghorst will also be a big factor during set-pieces, along with Mee and Tarkowski.
Chelsea will be bidding to make it three Premier League victories in a row when they travel to Turf Moor on Saturday afternoon to take on Burnley. The Blues are currently third in the table, 16 points behind leaders Manchester City with two games in hand, while Burnley occupy 18th, one point from 17th-placed Everton ahead of this weekend’s fixtures.
Burnley’s recent form has been impressive, picking up seven points from three matches against Brighton & Hove Albion, Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace between February 19 and February 26, but they will enter this match off the back of a disappointing 2-0 home loss to Leicester City on Tuesday. The result left the Clarets in 18th position in the table, one point behind 17th-placed Everton, who have a game in hand, while they are just two points behind 16th-placed Leeds United and have a match spare on the Whites.
Newcastle United have propelled themselves up the table in recent weeks, but Brentford and Leeds will certainly both be looking over their shoulders at a vital stage of the campaign, and Burnley have a huge match away to Brentford next weekend before opening April at home to Manchester City. Sean Dyche’s side have only won three Premier League matches this season, which is the worst record in the division, but they have only lost four of their 12 fixtures at Turf Moor, drawing six times in the process.
Burnley have also not beaten Chelsea in the Premier League since August 2017, when they won 3-2 at Stamford Bridge, but the points were shared in a 1-1 draw in London earlier this season, with Matej Vydra netting late to cancel out a first-half effort from Kai Havertz. Chelsea have not actually been in Premier League action since February 19, when they recorded a 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace, but the Blues have played three times since that fixture at Selhurst Park.
Indeed, they recorded a 2-0 win over Lille in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League clash on February 22 before losing on penalties to Liverpool in last weekend’s EFL Cup final, which finished goalless. Thomas Tuchel’s side were back to winning ways in the FA Cup on Wednesday, recording a 3-2 victory at Luton Town to progress to the quarter-finals, and they will now switch their attention back to the Premier League, with the capital side looking to make it three wins in a row in England’s top flight.
A record of 50 points from 25 matches has left the Blues in third spot in the table, three points ahead of fourth-placed Manchester United with two games in hand, while they have two matches spare on leaders Man City, who are 16 points ahead of them at the summit. Chelsea have been impressive on their travels in the league this term, picking up 27 points from 13 matches, while they have never lost a Premier League match at Turf Moor, which has been a happy hunting ground for them in recent seasons.