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Burnley vs Chelsea's Date, kick-off time and venue

Chelsea vs Burnley Premier League Match is scheduled for an early 12pm GMT kick-off on Sunday, January 31, 2021.

The match will be played behind closed doors at Stamford Bridge due to Government guidelines regarding coronavirus.

Burnley vs Chelsea Team News

Burnley will continue to miss Ben Mee, Jack Cork and Matt Lowton, who are all injured and ruled out of this game. Ashley Barnes is likely to continue alongside Chris Wood up top, with Burnley looking to go direct and quickly to their two strikers.

Injuries: Ben Mee, Jack Cork and Matt Lowton

Questionable: Bardsley (Coronavirus), Gudmundsson (Injured)

Suspensions: None

Chelsea don't have any real injury concerns at the moment, apart from Kepa Arrizabalaga, who has a shoulder problem. Lampard complained after the Champions League game about the fixutre congestion, and the Premier League's rejection of the rule to use five substitutes. So there are changes expected from the Chelsea boss for this game, cites sportskeeda.

Thomas Tuchel named a hugely surprising starting XI in his Chelsea debut, with Callum Hudson-Odoi playing right wing-back against Wolves.

The new Chelsea manager is extremely versatile in how he sets his teams up so it wouldn't be a surprise to see them deployed in a different formation here.

Tuchel stressed there was no real reason why he picked his starting XI and left out others after only having one training session with his side.

Kai Havertz was given a rare start but didn't overly impress. Fellow struggler Timo Werner will hope to get a chance here. Mason Mount was a surprise absentee from the XI and will hope to return to the fold here.

N'Golo Kante returned to training on Thursday to give Tuchel a full squad to pick from. He may only make the bench here, however.

Josh Brownhill was forced off in the 3-2 win over Aston Villa on Wednesday and is a doubt to face Chelsea this weekend. Charlie Taylor is expected to miss out once again.

Former Chelsea midfielder Jack Cork could make his first Premier League start of the season if Brownhill does not recover in time.

Tactics

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Burnley

Sean Dyche has a number of pressing roster issues hampering his preparations ahead of the visit of Chelsea. On Saturday, the Burnley manager, who is already stretched for resources, will be bereft of the services of five first-team players.

While Phil Bardsley remains in isolation due to his ongoing recovery from the coronavirus, the likes of Ben Mee (hamstring), Erik Pieters (calf) and Jack Cork (ankle) are all still some way off making their way back from their respective injuries while Johann Berg Gudmundsson (calf) is a major doubt and could miss out against Chelsea.

The potential absence of Gudmundsson means Robbie Brady is a certain starter on the right side of the midfield quartet, and so are Ashley Westwood, Josh Brownhill and Dwight McNeil. McNeil, in particular, will have the spotlight on him, with the young winger carrying the bulk of Burnley’s threat in the final third, shows thehardtackle.

Upfront, Chris Wood should pair up with Ashley Barnes in the strike partnership for the hosts, with Jay Rodriguez and Matej Vydra being the backup options. As for defence, the back four of Matt Lowton, Kevin Long, James Tarkowski and Charlie Taylor pick themselves, with Nick Pope the obvious pick between the sticks.

The objective for Burnley will invariably be to put men in behind the ball, just as they did against Tottenham Hotspur last weekend before their defence was finally breached. Similarly, the hosts will hope to frustrate the Chelsea attack, hoping to strike them on the counter with long balls.

Probable Lineup (4-4-2): Pope; Lowton, Long, Tarkowski, Taylor; Brady, Westwood, Brownhill, McNeil; Wood, Barnes

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Chelsea

Frank Lampard does not have any fresh injury concerns to contend with ahead of his side’s latest fixture. Against Burnley on Saturday, the Chelsea manager will only be travelling without two first-team players, with Kepa Arrizabalaga (shoulder) and Billy Gilmour (knee) unavailable.

Neither player’s absence hurts Chelsea any which way, with Edouard Mendy the resounding first-choice goalkeeper for the Blues while the likes of Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante are vying for the midfield spots.

Mendy should indeed retain his place between the sticks, hoping to keep a third successive clean sheet, something unheard of in the Frank Lampard era so far. In front of him, Chelsea ought to line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Thiago Silva expected to return to the heart of the defence after being rested in the midweek Champions League fixture.

Silva will pair up with Kurt Zouma to form the central defensive partnership, while Reece James is likely to come in for Cesar Azpilicueta in the right-back slot. On the opposite flank, there is no displacing Ben Chilwell, who has made the left-back spot his own.

Up ahead in midfield, Jorginho might miss out, with Kovacic and Kante partnering up in the double pivot. Kovacic will often carry the ball forward to add to the numbers in order to heap pressure on the Burnley defence.

However, it is the attack that will have the spotlight on it on Saturday. For at long last, Lampard will be able to name his strongest attacking quartet. Hakim Ziyech was impressive in his first start for Chelsea and will retain his place on the right flank, while Christian Pulisic will come in on the left. Timo Werner will lead the line for Chelsea while Kai Havertz will play off him as the no. 10.

Probable Lineup (4-2-3-1): Mendy; James, Silva, Zouma, Chilwell; Kante, Kovacic; Ziyech, Havertz, Pulisic; Werner

Chelsea vs Burnley prediction: 2-1 home win

Burnley are full of confidence after a run of three consecutive victories that has lifted them up to 15th in the Premier League, nine points clear of relegation danger and into the fifth round of the FA Cup.

However, Tuchel will be itching to get that first Chelsea three points safely under his belt. Narrow home win that isn’t without its nervy moments, according to standard.co.uk.

Chelsea vs Burnley head to head (h2h results)

Chelsea wins: 9

Burnley wins: 1

Draws: 3

Last meeting: Burnley 0-3 Chelsea (31/10/2020)

Chelsea vs Burnley betting odds and tips

Chelsea win: 1/3

Burnley win: 9/1

Draw: 15/4

Chelsea to win 2-1: 13/2

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