This game could not come at a more perfect time for Chelsea. The Blues have been struggling as of late, but last time they met Burnley, they thrashed the Clarets at Turf Moor. Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel took charge of his first match against Wolves, or at least that’s a bit of trivial knowledge for the future. If we’re going to analyze the situation from a realistic perspective, this match should count as his debut in west London. Tuchel still hasn’t been given a ton of time with his team, but a few days is better than just 24 hours. The German will hopefully have his squad fit and ready to go for this clash.
Here is how The Pride of London staff sees this contest playing out:
Scott Brant: 1-0 Chelsea
Pass the ball around, pass it some more, hopefully with a goal to show for all the passing and possession. Burnley is tough, the Clarets have the ability to have very little possession and still steal points. Tammy Abraham to score the winner.
Barrett Rouen: 2-0 Chelsea
The Blues look great in this match, but I miss Super Frank.
Olaoluwa Nwobodo: 3-0 Chelsea
The Blues seemed to play well against Wolves, though they did not create any clear cut chances. There’s context though as Tuchel had less than 24 hours to tactically prepare his team for that match. He’ll have had more time to prepare his team this time. That, coupled with the talent present in the Chelsea squad, and there’s enough to be excited about when the Blues welcome the Clarets. Burnley isn’t a pushover though, and its victory at the home of the Champions proves that.
Anthony Gatt: 2-0 Chelsea
I think the time Tuchel has had on training pitch the last couple of days will show an improvement from the Wolves game. Burnley will play similarly to how Wolves played, but this time the Blues will know how to break down a weaker side who looks the defend for 90 minutes.
Varun Dani: 2-0 Chelsea
Burnley is exactly the kind of team that will be trouble a Tuchel team. The Clarets will be resilient, patient and look for the one opportunity to kill the game, but Tuchel will be well aware of that. After creating a new passing record again, the Blues will find a couple of goals courtesy of Callum Hudson-Odoi and Abraham.
Michael DeVito: 3-0 Chelsea
It’s time for a breakout. It would have happened under Super Frank, but it’s going to happen under Tuchel now. Finally, Timo Werner gets going and scores; Kai Havertz is the maestro in midfield.
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Mike Malley: 1-0 Chelsea
It is never easy for the Blues against Burnley, so I would not expect this matchup to be any different. In Tuchel’s first match in charge against Wolves on Wednesday, Chelsea played as well as it has in months. There looked to be a distinct tactical plan, moving from a 3-4-3 in defense to a 4-2-3-1 in attack, which made it difficult for Wolves to play on the counter. We will see how big of an effect Tuchel’s coaching has had on his players against Sean Dyche’s ultra-defensive side, but the Blues should come out on top.
Tan Yi Hao: 3-0 Chelsea
For all the worrying that often comes with playing a defensive-minded team like Burnley, Chelsea’s record against Sunday’s visitors is actually surprisingly good. That said, as impressive as Burnley was on the weekend to secure a 3-2 comeback win over Aston Villa, Chelsea should—on paper at least—have too much for the Clarets to handle.
Kevin Peacock: 2-0 Chelsea
Initial thoughts from Tuchel’s pre-match presser were all positive. He came across really well and if that same approach is happening at Cobham then the fall-out from Frank Lampard’s departure may be smoothed over. Burnley is on a good run of form, however, the new manager bounce gives the Blues the crucial points. Goals from Havertz and Mason Mount.
Matt Hancock-Bruce: 2-0 Chelsea
The Wolves fixture was hardly a fair representation of what life will be like under Tuchel. Burnley have produced some unexpected results recently, but Chelsea has no reason not to get three points here.
Olly Smith: 2-0 Chelsea
The Blues looked good at times against Wolves—thanks to Hudson-Odoi and the marvelous Mount—but they lacked the clinical edge that has cost them in recent weeks, so at least it wasn’t just a Lampard problem. This team will hardly set Burnley alight, but there should be enough to get something out of a Burnley team that can be dangerous in spurts. Burnley rarely troubles teams—especially if Tuchel opts for three at the back again. Dare I predict a Werner double?
Travis Tyler: 1-1 Draw
Tuchel’s Chelsea, with a completely different line-up, still has tons of possession, but still can’t do much with it. This team was just in too deep a hole for Tuchel to dig them out of in a week as they again settle for honors even.
Gabe Henderson: 3-0 Chelsea
Don’t get it twisted, much like against West Ham, this scoreline won’t indicate how close the match actually was throughout its entirety. Regardless, the Blues find the back of the net a few times and come away with three points.
Nate Hofmann: 2-1 Chelsea
With a few more days of Training under their belts, the Blues should have something surprising up their sleeves to deal with a relatively high-flying Burnley side. At this point, it’s hard to really predict anything more specific than that. The home side has better players; if all else fails, hopefully that will be enough to get all three sorely-needed points.
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