What’s become our most difficult home game comes next
Three times we’ve left Stamford Bridge with a draw against Chelsea in the Premier League and we’ve also brought home all three points on another occasion with that wonderful opening day 3-2 win in 2017.
At home, however, it’s not been quite so easy to get points against them. Remember Robbie Brady, on his home debut, scoring that stunning free kick to equalise an early Pedro goal to give us a point from a 1-1 draw? That’s it, the only point we’ve taken from them in Premier League games on the Turf. They’ve scored nineteen goals against us on the Turf in the Premier League. Our last home win against them was in April 1983 when Billy Hamilton scored twice, either side of a Terry Donovan penalty, to give us a 3-0 win. Our last top flight home win against them was the first home game back following promotion in 1973 when we beat them 1-0 with a goal from Frank Casper who was manager for that 1983 win.
We go into tomorrow’s game too on the back of that disappointing defeat against Leicester in midweek. It ended what had been a decent run that has given us a chance of staying up but we know that tomorrow and the home game against Manchester City to come are probably going to be our most difficult games for the remainder of the season.
Despite Chelsea having just played two big games, including the extra time in the League Cup final at Wembley last Sunday, Taylor said: “They have a lot of world class players that can come into it and chop and change the team. I imagine there will be a few changes from the side that played in the FA Cup (at Luton), but they have had a lot of games all season, so I’m sure they will be used to it by now.”
With Pieters ruled out again, Taylor, with Tuesday’s game behind him, will play in a defence that looks as though it will see another change with Ben Mee rated touch and go which usually means he won’t play. Matěj Vydra and Dale Stephens are out and it’s beginning to look as though Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson could be out for much of the remainder of the season.
Will there be other changes? Jack Cork and Jay Rodriguez were left out of the Leicester game with Ashley Westwood and Maxwel Cornet coming in. It wouldn’t surprise me to see those changes reversed.
If so, the team could be: Nick Pope, Connor Roberts, Nathan Collins, James Tarkowski, Charlie Taylor, Aaron Lennon, Josh Brownhill, Jack Cork, Dwight McNeil, Wout Weghorst, Jay Rodriguez. Subs from: Wayne Hennessey, Will Norris, Matt Lowton, Phil Bardsley, Kevin Long, Bobby Thomas, Ashley Westwood, Maxwel Cornet, Ashley Barnes, Lewis Richardson.
Chelsea looked to be in the reckoning for a title chase with Manchester City and Liverpool until fairly recently, but they’ve now dropped some way behind the top two. It was the period between mid-December and mid-January that cost them. Having beaten Leeds on 11th December, they won just once in seven games. They beat Aston Villa at Villa Park, lost at Manchester City and drew the other five games.
They have won their two most recent games in the Premier League but we go back six weeks since they won the first of them against Spurs and, since then, they’ve played just once in the Premier League, beating Crystal Palace 1-0 at Selhurst Park through a late Hakim Ziyech goal.
They will undoubtedly provide the toughest of opposition tomorrow. It’s looking very unlikely they will finish the season in the top two places but I’d expect them to finish third and would be surprised if they dropped out of the Champions League positions.
Their team last time out in the Premier League at Crystal Palace was: Edouard Mendy, Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva, Antonio Rüdiger, Malang Sarr, N’Golo Kanté, Jorginho, Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech, Romelu Lukaku, Kai Havertz. Subs: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Marcos Alonso, Mateo Kovacic, Timo Werner, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Trevoh Chalobah, Saúl Niguez, Kenedy, Harvey Vale.
We can expect such as Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Christian Pulisic and Reece James to be added to that squad.
LAST TIME THEY WERE HERE
It was a poor performance last season that condemned us to a third defeat from the first three home games of the season and without a single goal scored for the first time ever in a top flight season.
As such there was no report from the game that Chelsea won 3-0 with goals from Hakim Ziyech (26), Kurt Zouma (63) and Timo Werner (70).
The teams were;
Burnley: Nick Pope, Matt Lowton, Kevin Long, James Tarkowski, Charlie Taylor, Josh Brownhill, Ashley Westwood, Dale Stephens (Jay Rodriguez ht), Dwight McNeil, Ashley Barnes (Robbie Brady 73), Chris Wood. Subs not used: Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Jimmy Dunne, Lewis Richardson, Max Thompson, Matěj Vydra.
Chelsea: Edouard Mendy, Reece James, Kurt Zouma, Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz (Jorginho 86), N’Golo Kanté, Mason Mount, Hakim Ziyech (Callum Hudson-Odoi 73), Tammy Abraham (Olivier Giroud 77), Timo Werner. Subs not used: Willy Caballero, Antonio Rüdiger, Cesar Azpilicueta, Karlo Ziger.Share this page :