Chelsea VS Burnley Final – LIVE Reddit Soccer 06/11/2021
Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount is back in training after missing successive games because of a wisdom tooth problem but will be assessed ahead of the game. Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner and Mateo Kovacic are out, along with Marcos Alonso, who picked up an ankle injury in the Champions League in midweek. Burnley winger Aaron Lennon has been ill and will be assessed ahead of the trip to Stamford Bridge. Long-term absentee Dale Stephens remains out with an ankle injury. Burnley got a very good win against Brentford last week. Going to Stamford Bridge is a very different proposition, however. Chelsea took a while to get going against Newcastle but ended up trampling all over them. This game could go a similar way, with the Blues having to wait for a breakthrough.
Thomas Tuchel will have to juggle his squad again, with Chelsea still missing a host of players for Saturday’s clash with Burnley. Marcos Alonso has joined Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner and Mateo Kovacic on the sidelines, but Mason Mount is available again, despite suffering issues with his wisdom tooth. Alonso suffered an ankle injury in the win against Malmo in the Champions League in midweek. Despite Lukaku running for the first time since suffering his own ankle injury, he will not be available until after the international break at the earliest. Christian Pulisic could make his first Premier League appearance since the opening day of the season after coming through the Malmo game unscathed.
Chelsea will be bidding to strength their lead at the top of the Premier League on Saturday afternoon when they welcome Burnley to Stamford Bridge. Thomas Tuchel’s side may have been reigned in by Manchester City following their early derby game, but victory over the Clarets would open up a six-point margin over Liverpool at least until Sunday.
Burnley visit west London riding high after an impressive 3-1 win over Brentford in their last Premier League outing, their first top-flight win of the campaign. Five of the six points they have won against Chelsea have come in the Premier League, it may be a tough ask to add to that however.
Chelsea will be bidding to make it eight straight wins in all competitions when they continue their Premier League campaign at home to Burnley on Saturday afternoon.
The Blues are currently top of the table, picking up 25 points from their opening 10 matches, while Burnley occupy 18th, having collected just seven points from their first 10 games of 2021-22. There is still an awful lot of football to be played in the 2021-22 Premier League season, but Chelsea have been the standout team in the competition this term, winning eight, drawing one and losing one of their 10 matches to collect 25 points, which has left them three points clear of second-placed Liverpool at the summit.
While the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United have all had their problems this season, Chelsea have continued to pick up points, and the fact that they have only conceded three times in their first 10 league games of the season is not good news for their rivals for the title.
The Blues have won each of their last seven matches across three separate competitions, including a 3-0 victory away to Newcastle United in the Premier League, while they beat Malmo 1-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday night to move within touching distance of the last-16 stage of the competition.
Thomas Tuchel’s side will be desperate to keep hold of first position in the league entering the international break, particularly considering that they will end November with fixtures against Leicester City and Man United, before taking on Watford and West Ham United away at the start of December.
Chelsea have won each of their last four matches at Stamford Bridge, while they have won their last four Premier League games against Burnley, scoring 12 times and conceding just twice in the process.
Burnley have actually been victorious in just one of their last 14 Premier League games against Chelsea, suffering 10 defeats in the process, so confidence in Sean Dyche’s camp will hardly be flowing ahead of Saturday’s contest.
The Clarets have won one, drawn four and lost five of their opening 10 league games of the season to collect seven points, which has left them in 18th position in the table, three points from the safety of 17th position.
Burnley’s first league victory of the campaign came last time out, though, with Chris Wood, Matthew Lowton and Maxwel Cornet on the scoresheet in a 3-1 victory over Brentford at Turf Moor.
Dyche’s side also managed to pick up a point away to Leicester at the end of September, while they gave a good account of themselves in a 2-0 loss at Man City in the middle of October, and the group of players are certainly capable of making this a tricky assignment for Chelsea.
Defeat for Burnley would not be the end of the world here, but they have two important home fixtures against Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur to come after the international break, and Dyche will not want his team to be sitting in and around the relegation zone approaching the Christmas period.