PREM: Burnley v Chelsea preview


Burnley v Chelsea preview

Antonio Conte will take a full strength Chelsea team to Burnley on Nissan Super Sunday as they look to maintain their lead at the top of the Premier League table.


The Blues head to one of the toughest grounds in the country to pick up a result with the Clarets on a five-game league winning streak at Turf Moor.

Indeed, only the Premier League's top two have a better home record than Chelsea's weekend opponents and manager Antonio Conte is well aware of their threat.

"It will be a real tough game. Burnley took 28 points at home and one point away... They score a lot at the end of the game. The stats show that Burnley are a really strong team at home," he said. "We must pay great attention. They are in good form. They will want to beat us as we are top."

Burnley are in a comfortable mid-table position as they head into the clash live on Sky Sports, and could push into the top 10 if they manage to win on Sunday and other results go in their favour.

Their loss to Watford last weekend was their first in four games, and Sean Dyche believes his side are a strong unit since their defeat to Chelsea earlier in the season.

"It [the Chelsea game] was early in the season and they played miles better than us on the day," he said. "Beyond this result we've morphed into a stronger unit with a bit more experience and knowledge of what the Premier League is about - it doesn't guarantee a result but it does give you a better chance."
 
Cesc Fabregas and Willian could be rotated into the Chelsea starting line-up on Sunday with Conte aware that the fine form of Fabregas and Willian gives him options.

David Luiz is likely to continue to play with pain in his knee sustained in a tackle by Manchester City's Sergio Aguero.

Burnley new boys Robbie Brady and Ashley Westwood are pushing to start, although Jeff Hendrick will serve the first of his three-game suspension after last weekend.

Dyche does not expect any new concerns but Steven Defour is still out with a hamstring strain and Dean Marney has had an operation on his cruciate ligament injury.


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