Preview - Chelsea vs Burnley 12 Aug

Started by Bensergi, Aug 11, 2017, 09:52 PM

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Chelsea vs Burnley
12 Aug, 10:00pm

New season brings new hopes. Chelsea are opening day specialists, having won more points in Matchweek 1 than any other EPL club. They might like the fact that only one of the previous 25 reigning champions have been beaten on the opening match of the following campaign. Leicester are the exception, beaten 2-1 at Hull last season. Chelsea are considerably blunt in attack, especially on the wings where Pedro and Eden Hazard are out with injuries. New signing Alvaro Morata will spearhead the attack while Antonio Rudiger could feature at the other end of the formation. Burnley have no injury concerns but have not strengthened well during the summer. Even manager Sean Dyche has admitted a tough season is in store!


Aug 13, 2017, 10:24 AM Last Edit: Aug 13, 2017, 10:32 AM by Bensergi
Match Stats:

  • Chelsea 2-3 Burnley
  • Chelsea scorers: Álvaro Morata (69')  David Luiz (88')  
  • Burnley scorers: Sam Vokes (24', 43')  Stephen Ward (39')
  • Shots: 19-10
  • Possession: 62%-38%
  • Corner kicks: 8-5
  • Factline: Chelsea are the first side to pick up two red cards on the opening day of a Premier League season.

Champions Chelsea suffered a nightmare start to their Premier League title defence, having two men sent off as Burnley claimed a superb win at Stamford Bridge.

It would be easy but misleading to lay the blame for the Blues' defeat on the decision to show a red card to new club captain Gary Cahill for a lunging tackle on Steven Defour midway through the first half.

But that would deprive Burnley their due for a disciplined, energetic and ruthless first-half display that saw them score three times, with Sam Vokes netting twice - a header and a volley - either side of a lashing angled drive from Stephen Ward.

The Blues were better after the break and pulled a goal back when summer signing Alvaro Morata headed in shortly after coming off the bench.

However, the Spaniard was also at fault for denying the home side a second goal, adding an unnecessary touch to Andreas Christiansen's goal-bound shot from an offside position.

Chelsea's hopes looked to have gone when a late challenge from Cesc Fabregas on Jack Cork added a second yellow to his first, received for dissent, to leave the Blues with nine men.

But David Luiz fired home from inside the box after being set up by a Morata header to set up a frantic final few minutes, during which Burnley struck the post through Robbie Brady before holding on to take the three points.

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