Chelsea v Burnley Preview, Predicted XI, Team News and more
Chelsea will aim to turn their substandard home record around when they welcome Burnley to Stamford Bridge on Saturday, January 11.
Both sides head into the fixture on the back of telling victories in the FA Cup, but neither of them have reached the heights of late in the Premier League. While Burnley have lost three in a row, the Blues have failed to brush the struggling teams aside, a dishonourable record that includes losses against the likes of West Ham and Southampton.
However, a complete week off, where the fulcrum of the team received much-needed rest, should invoke a sense of regained energy into a side that thumped Burnley in the midst of a six-match winning run in the league.
The Clarets, just four points off the red-marked zone of the PL ladder, must find ways to stop conceding goals recklessly, besides swallowing the fact that they could be without a couple of key men.
On that note, we bring everything you need to know ahead of Chelsea's home clash against Sean Dyche's troops.
Chelsea v Burnley: Head-to-head
Chelsea wins: 37
Burnley wins: 38
Chelsea v Burnley: Form Guide
Last 5 matches (in all competitions)
Marcos Alonso and Christian Pulisic remain doubtful for the Blues, while Callum Hudson-Odoi, who saw his ankle tapped in the comprehensive win against Nottingham Forest, is expected to shake off his knock and be fit in time to face Burnley.
Elsewhere, Lampard is set to recall his preferred centre-back duo of Antonio Rudiger and Kurt Zouma, while Kante should slot straight into the starting XI.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek remains a long-term absentee, while Ross Barkley might find a place for himself on the bench following his promising show in the FA Cup third round.
Chris Wood and Johann Berg Gudmundsson both may face their time on the sidelines, having picked up hamstring injuries at Peterborough. Jay Rodriguez rediscovered the goal-scoring touch we saw of him in his Southampton days, and he could well be facing Chelsea.
Meanwhile, Ben Gibson, Aaron Lennon and Ashley Barnes are all scheduled to face late fitness tests.
Chelsea (4-3-3): Kepa Arrizabalaga; Reece James, Antonio Rudiger, Kurt Zouma, Cesar Azpilicueta; N'Golo Kante, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic; Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, Willian
Burnley (4-4-2): Nick Pope; Phillip Bardsley, James Tarkowski, Ben Mee, Charlie Taylor; Robbie Brady, Ashley Westwood, Jack Cork, Dwight McNeil; Jay Rodriguez, Ashley Barnes
It might turn out to be a cagey affair at some point in time, with Chelsea not at their fluent best presently. The Clarets will surely opt for a pragmatic approach, knowing full well that their counterparts are vulnerable to counters and mainly, set-pieces.
The Blues should, however, go through as most of their first-team stars, who have looked jaded of late, are set to return with fresh legs.
The FA Cup break couldn't have come at a sweeter time for Chelsea, who are expected to bag all three points.
Predicted score: Chelsea 3-1 Burnley