Chelsea v Burnley – BBC Sport


Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic scored a ‘perfect’ hat-trick – left foot, right foot and a header – in Chelsea’s 4-2 win during October’s reverse fixture.TEAM NEWS

Chelsea are hopeful Christian Pulisic and Marcos Alonso will be available after minor injures last weekend.

Long-term absentees Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Marco van Ginkel remain on the sidelines.

Burnley will be without Johann Berg Gudmundsson due to a hamstring injury, while Ashley Barnes is expected to miss out with an ongoing groin problem.

Jay Rodriguez and Phil Bardsley have both missed training this week because of flu and are being assessed.

Chris Wood is likely to recover in time from a hamstring issue, while Ben Gibson is back in training after a groin problem.

MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES

@Wilsonfooty: Having lost to Bournemouth and Southampton, Chelsea are in danger of suffering a third consecutive home league defeat for the first time since 1993. Frank Lampard is well aware that home form has not been good enough.

Back then, Burnley were in the third tier of English football; something not lost on chairman Mike Garlick who has been busy reminding fans that just being in the top flight is something Burnley should still see as an achievement.

He’s right, of course – but seeking merely to stand still in football rarely goes well.

VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT

Burnley manager Sean Dyche: “There is a belief in what we do from the players and staff. It is a case of delivering on what you know. Last year was another big learning curve. We are only a few details away over the last couple of games.

“If we’d have beaten Villa [in their last league game] people could say, weirdly, that we had a good Christmas, on 27 points and through in the cup. The Premier League is different like that. One game can mean everything is a different view point every week.”

LAWRO’S PREDICTION

I know Chelsea’s home form has been a bit iffy but if the Blues play the way we know they can, they will win.

Prediction: 2-0

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