Chelsea vs. Burnley: Premier League – Match Preview

The Premier League champions Chelsea kick start their title defence off on Saturday at home to Burnley.

Chelsea smashed their transfer record this summer on the Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata as a replacement for seemingly departing Diego Costa.

They lost on penalties to Arsenal in the Charity Shield last weekend, despite Victor Moses’ opener.

Burnley have lost two key players in the former of Michael Keane and Andre Gray this summer.

They have added the likes of Jack Cork, Jonathan Walters and Phil Bardsley, however may well need further additions.

Match history
Robbie Brady scored a superb free-kick to earn Burnley a point in the latest meeting between the pair.

Chelsea did ease to a comfortable win at home to Burnley last campaign though, with Eden Hazard opening the scoring.

Last five Premier League meetings
Burnley 1 Chelsea 1 – 11/02/17
Chelsea 3 Burnley 0 – 27/08/16
Chelsea 1 Burnley 1 – 21/02/15
Burnley 1 Chelsea 3 – 18/08/14
Burnley 1 Chelsea 2 – 30/01/10

Chelsea to nil – 10/11 with William Hill

Team news
Chelsea will be without Hazard and new signing Tiemoue Bakayoko through injury for the season opener.

Alvaro Morata is expected to make his debut, although Victor Moses is banned following his FA Cup Final dismissal.

Walters and Cork are both expected to make their competitive debuts at Stamford Bridge.

James Tarkowski is set to partner Ben Mee in central defence, with Burnley yet to add a replacement for Keane to the squad.

Expected starting XI’s
Chelsea (3-4-3): Courtois; Rudiger, Luiz, Cahill; Azpilicueta, Fabregas, Kante, Alonso; Pedro, Morata, Willian
Burnley (4-4-2): Heaton; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Ward; Arfield, Cork, Hendrick, Brady; Vokes, Walters

Predictions

Result: Chelsea (1/4 with Coral)

Correct Score: 3-0 (7/1 with Bet Victor)

Anytime Goalscorer: Pedro (7/5 with Coral)

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