Stamford Bridge is set to welcome second from bottom Burnley tomorrow for a 3pm kick off, in a game that is expected to be a comfortable and routine victory for Jose Mourinho’s men.
Having said that, Burnley have had some decent results this season and complacency mustn’t creep in with the Premier League Title baton firmly placed in the hands of Chelsea currently. The Blues remain 7 points clear of closest challengers Manchester City, who have only won one of their last 5 matches, allowing Mourinho’s team to steer clear.
Concentration will be key tomorrow afternoon and an early goal will ease any nerves. The Blues will need to remain professional and keep tight at the back, Burnley are a side who like to attack and won’t be the type to sit back all game and play out for a draw.
The Clarets have failed to win in their last four matches losing three of them in the process, but will certainly come to The Bridge with fight and nothing to lose but everything to play for still, being only three points away from 15th position and one point away from getting out of the bottom three.
Chelsea will be confident though, having won 4 of their last 5 matches being unbeaten along the way. Mourinho is likely to recall Oscar to the starting eleven and drop Cesc Fabregas (if fit) in to his regular deeper role alongside Nemanja Matic. Juan Cuadrado could be in for a start as well as Kurt Zouma with Willian and Gary Cahill likely to be rested after the mid-week draw in Paris. Diego Costa will continue up front after missing the last three due to suspension, only returning this week in the Champions League, when he wasn’t looking his sharpest and needs game time.
CFCnet score prediction – Chelsea 3 Burnley 1
Simon Phillips – News Editor – @cfcneteditor