Chelsea vs Burnley preview: How to watch, kick off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
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Two sides with very different aims go up against each other at Stamford Bridge this weekend, with Chelsea taking on Burnley in the Premier League.

It's the last game before yet another international break, so both teams will want to go into the two week hiatus off the back of a good result - whatever that might look like for the respective managers.

For Thomas Tuchel, it's hard to see how anything but a win in this game can be taken as a good result, given the positions of the two teams in the league at the moment.

Having only lost one game in domestic competitions this season, conceding just three goals along the way, the Blues are in a fantastic position, setting the pace at the top of the table.

Meanwhile, from the perspective of Sean Dyche, it appears relatively likely that the Clarets would view getting any points at all from this game as a huge positive in their bid to ensure they aren't left behind at the bottom.

They may only have had one win thus far, but it did come in their previous game - a 3-1 triumph over Brentford - so the visitors will hope they can build on what was an impressive performance last time out at Turf Moor.

Team News

Chelsea

During his pre-match press conference, Thomas Tuchel said: 'No news for the match tomorrow for Romelu [Lukaku] and Timo [Werner], both of them are out. Christian Pulisic is back in with the group, unfortunately Marcos Alonso and Mateo [Kovacic] are out.'

Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner remain out of the side as they continue to recover from injuries picked up at home to Malmo in the Champions League a few weeks ago.

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There's also set to be no Marcos Alonso or Mateo Kovacic, the former of which injured himself at the end of the win against Malmo in midweek, and Mason Mount appears to be a potential doubt, though he is in the squad.

Burnley

Sean Dyche also sat down with the media and he told them: 'Dale [Stephens] is on the grass and has joined in with the group. He is getting stronger all the time, the next stage is to get him into game time. Aaron Lennon has had a bit of illness so we will wait and see on him.'

It's similarly positive news for Burnley fans as they have an almost entirely-fit first team squad, save for a potential Aaron Lennon absence and Dale Stephens, who has been out for some time.

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Dyche will need every player to be at their best if they are to come away with anything, but having next to no injuries is always a good place to start.

Predicted Lineups

Chelsea (3-4-3):

Mendy; Christensen, Silva, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Kante, Chilwell; Hudson-Odoi, Havertz, Pulisic

Burnley (4-4-2):

Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Collins, Taylor; Gudmundsson, Cork, Westwood, McNeil; Cornet, Wood

Form Guide

Chelsea

For Chelsea fans, things must feel as though they couldn't really be going much better, regardless of the competition they are involved in, whether it's domestic or European.

They are top of the Premier League, (by three points), have only lost one game in the top flight and look set to qualify for the Round of 16 in the Champions League as well - overall, not bad at all.

Burnley

On the other hand, it's been a fairly difficult opening few months for the Clarets, who have struggled to get many results at all, sitting in 18th place in the league going into this one.

They can take some heart from the fact they picked up their first three points of the campaign last weekend, but it will be a performance for the ages if they are to do the same in this game.

Ones To Watch

Ben Chilwell

When choosing one player to keep an eye on in this game, it makes sense to go with someone who is involved in all aspects of the game - both attacking and defending, with Tuchel's team top in both of those departments.

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Therefore, with the performances Ben Chilwell has been putting in recently, it's only fair that the left back is the one to watch for this game, for all aspects of his play.

Having scored three goals in three games up until last weekend's win over Newcastle, the England international will want to be back on the scoresheet again - so keep an eye on him in this one.

Maxwel Cornet

In a team which is often regarded as one of the least-attacking in the league, one player who has set out to change that reputation this season is that of Maxwel Cornet.

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The Ivorian, signed by Burnley in the summer, has kicked into life over the last month in particular, scoring three goals in that time, including a brace against Southampton in a 2-2 draw.

On top of that, three of his four goals that he has scored in total for the club have come away from home, which he will hope is a good omen for his travels this weekend.

Previous Five Meetings

When it comes to matchups in the past, the results don't make for particularly pretty reading for Burnley supporters, especially in the context of the most recent five games.

The first of those came back in April 2019, when the two sides played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge, with all four goals coming in the first 45 minutes of the game.

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It was a back and forth battle, with Jeff Hendrick putting the away side ahead at first, before the Blues came back to be 2-1 up, but an Ashley Barnes goal meant Dyche's team left West London with a well-earned point.

A few months later the sides met with a new manager at the helm of the Blues in the form of Frank Lampard, with his team travelling to Turf Moor in late October 2019.

It proved to be a day to remember for Christian Pulisic, as the American got a hat trick, with Chelsea running out 4-2 winners in another pulsating game between the two clubs.

The next meeting was early in 2020, and it was another routine win for Lampard and his side, thanks to goals from Jorginho, Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi.

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Strangely enough, that was the last time these two teams played one another with fans present in the stadium, despite it being almost 22 months ago since the fixture was played.

That's because the 3-0 away win that Chelsea secured in October 2020 came when Covid restrictions were, if anything, being strengthened, in a similar fashion to that of the Blues' performances at that time.

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It was a fairly routine victory in Lancashire, which saw the first league start for Hakim Ziyech and he took his chance with aplomb, scoring one goal and helping to set up another one.

It was a third manager in just five games during the most recent clash between these two, and it saw Thomas Tuchel manage his second game in charge of the Blues.

The German boss will remember this game as the one in which he picked up his first win in English football, watching his side defeat Sean Dyche's 2-0 in the end.

How To Watch

For viewers in the UK, this game won't be broadcast live on TV, but highlights will be available soon after the match ends on the Sky Sports YouTube channel.

Otherwise, you can follow the game right here on VAVEL with our live blog that will give regular score updates and analysis right throughout the match.

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