Burnley: Pope, Lowton, Long, Tarkowski, Taylor, Gudmundsson, Westwood, Brownhill, McNeil, Wood, Barnes
Chelsea: Mendy, James, Silva, Zouma, Chilwell, Kante, Mount, Havertz, Ziyech, Pulisic, Werner
After making the gruelling 5000 miles round trip to Russia for the midweek UCL clash with Krasnodar on Wednesday, Chelsea will be travelling up to Burnley for a fixture the Blues have a good record in the last couple seasons.
This game last year ended in a 4-2 win for the Blues, after a Christian Pulisic hattrick and a Willian strike put Chelsea 4-0 up, but Burnley scored twice late on to make it 4-2 in the end. This season, it could be a similar story. Burnley have not been good so far this season, and sit winless after the first six games. Although, they were impressive vs Tottenham on Monday and arguably were the better of the two sides, so they should come off of that performance with a bit of confidence.
In terms of selection, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Lampard stick with the 4-3-3 we saw towards the end of the Krasnodar game, with Havertz and Mount either side of Kante in the midfield three. Lampard made his disappointment clear to both Jorginho and Kovacic vs Krasnodar when he subbed them both off at the same time for Kante and Mount. So it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see a Mount – Kante – Havertz midfield for Saturday. All of the front three got a goal on Wednesday, with Werner converting from the spot and Ziyech and Hudson-Odoi both scoring close-range efforts. Christian Pulisic came off the bench to score late on as well. We could see that front three (Pulisic – Werner – Ziyech) starting for the first time in the Premier League, and should they work their magic, Chelsea should win with ease. It would also be good to see Hudson-Odoi starting vs Burnley. He impressed vs Krasnodar and was the player who opened the scoring, albeit through a goalkeeper mistake.
Burnley will be coming into this game looking for their first win of the season, so they will feel pumped up and more confident than usual after their promising performance vs Tottenham on Monday. Chelsea, however, are looking for their first Premier League win since the Crystal Palace win at the beginning of the month. This game historically always has had goals, so it should be a good watch.