Preview - Burnley vs Chelsea 20 April 2018

Started by Harry85, Apr 16, 2018, 10:52 PM

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Match Day 35
Burnley vs Chelsea
Friday, April 20th, 2018
03:45 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Turf Moor

Burnley: 
Last five matches form: W W W W W
Average goals per match: 1.00
Average goals against per match: 0.88
Top Scorer: Chris Wood (9)

Chelsea:
Last five matches form: L W L D W
Average goals per match: 1.73
Average goals against per match: 1.00
Top Scorer: Eden Hazard (12)

A big game at Turf Moor this week as fifth placed Chelsea travel North to take on seventh placed Burnley, in a game where both sides should have plenty of motivation to come out on top.

With Arsenal not playing this week, a win for Burnley here would improbably see the Claret's move up into sixth place and one of the automatic Europa League qualifying positions. Having put Everton, West Ham, West Brom, Watford and Leicester to the sword, Sean Dyche's men arrive here on a fantastic five game winning streak. This does represent something of a step up in terms of the quality of opposition though. Robbie Brady, Ben Mee, Jonathan Walters and Steven Defour will miss out through injury.

Chelsea continue to be hit and miss at present, but need to win all of their remaining games if they are to have any hope of reeling in Tottenham in the race for the fourth and final Champions League spot. Even then they would need Spurs to slip up three times, which seems unlikely, and the Blues may have to content themselves with a Europa League spot this season. With a big FA Cup semi-final looming at the weekend, Antonio Conté may be tempted to make a few changes here. Olivier Giroud has surely done enough to earn a start having changed the game when coming off the bench at the weekend.

Chelsea possess the more talented individuals, but Burnley are the very definition of how a team can be more than the sum of it parts. With that cup game at the weekend, Chelsea may just take their eye off the ball here and we see Burnley just about sneaking this.


Prediction: Burnley 2 - 1 Chelsea

Harry85

Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 1 - 2
Shots: 5 - 16
Shots on target: 2 - 5
Corner Kicks: 3 - 2
Possession: 39% - 61%

Other than issuing a yellow card to Burnley's James Tarkowski in the first half, referee Robert Madley kept his cards in his pocket throughout here.

The stats paint an accurate picture of this contest as Chelsea put in an utterly dominant display on the road to set them up nicely ahead of this weekends FA Cup semi-final against Southampton.

Unusually for the Blues they lined up with two recognised strikers here, with both Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud making the starting line-up. Key creative influences Eden Hazard and Willian started on the bench, possibly with an eye to that looming cup game.

Antonio Conté's men bossed possession from the off here and were slowly exerting a stranglehold on the game when taking the lead in the 20th minute. The impressive Victor Moses working his way to the by-line down the right hand side before firing in a cross. His centre didn't find a teammate, but it didn't need to. Burnley keeper Nick Pope flapping the ball on to Kevin Long who could do little to prevent the ball ricocheting of his body and into the net.

Nothing clear cut for either side in the remainder of the half. 0-1 at the break.

In the 55th minute Chelsea really should have doubled their advantage. A lightning quick break seeing N'Golo Kante release Morata through on goal with only the keeper to beat. On what was largely a night to forget for the forward, he spurned his opportunity by firing wide.

Just nine minutes later Burnley equalised. Johann Berg Gudmundsson letting fly from outside the box and seeing his effort take a wicked deflection of the heel of Ashley Barnes. No chance for Thibaut Courtois. 1-1.

It didn't take the visitors long to regain the lead though and it was that man Moses at the heart of the action again. Emerson teeing up the Nigerian in the right-hand side of the area. Moses remaining composed before firing in a powerful drive to beat Pope at his near post.

Burnley never looked like getting back into it and Chelsea played this one out in comfortable style.

Chelsea remain underdogs to make the Champions League, but have at least cut the gap to fourth placed Tottenham to five points with this win.

Burnley remain seventh and two points adrift of Arsenal. Unless Southampton win the FA Cup that will be good enough for a Europa League spot.

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