2019-20 Premier League: Week 22 – Chelsea vs Burnley

Chelsea welcome Burnley to Stamford Bridge as the pair look to make it back-to-back wins in all competitions.

A win would move Chelsea closer to the top three whilst Burnley look to move closer to the top ten, as both teams look for respective Champions and Europa League qualification.

 

Team news

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Marcos Alonso is in line to return for Chelsea after missing their FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest with a buttock injury. 

Christian Pulisic could also feature after he missed that game with a training injury. 

Marco Van Ginkel (knee) and Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Achilles) are both ruled out. 

Burnley could welcome Chris Wood back into the starting lineup after he sat out their home FA Cup win over Peterborough with a tight hamstring. 

Aaron Lennon and Ashley Barnes could also feature if they pass late fitness tests following recent groin injuries, whilst Ben Gibson misses out with a similar issue. 

Johann Berg Gudmundsson is ruled out with a hamstring injury. 

 

Form

Chelsea are unbeaten in four of their last five across all competitions (W3, D1, L1), although they have lost two of their last three home games which both came in the league against Bournemouth and Southampton. 

Burnley ended a third run of three consecutive defeats with a dominant victory over Peterborough last weekend, although they have taken just 12 points from their last 13 games (W4, L9) with the wins coming in pairs either side of three consecutive defeats. 

 

Stat Attack

  • Chelsea have lost just one of 11 Premier league meetings against Burnley (W7, D3, L1). 
  • Burnley have scored at least twice in each of their last two trips to Stamford Bridge (W1, D1). 
  • Five of Burnley’s last six league goals at Stamford Bridge have come in the first-half. 
  • Neither team have scored a penalty in this Premier League fixture, although Chelsea did miss their only penalty against the Clarets. 
  • Kepa Arrizabalaga has made just one catch for Chelsea this season in 21 league appearances. 

 

Prediction

This is a headscratcher because both teams have been inconsistent in the last couple of months, which worries me because Chelsea are strong going forward but struggle when facing defensive teams. 

Burnley therefore should be an interesting test because they are defensively brilliant on their day, yet are more inconsistent and unpredictable than they should be so I definitely can see goals here. 

I therefore am expecting a tough fight but Burnley have found some goal-scoring form at Stamford Bridge, so am going for a shock away win if they turn up and deliver. 

Prediction: Chelsea 1-2 Burnley

Result: Chelsea 3-0 Burnley

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