Antonio Conte’s side might again need to wait until the second half before hitting the front.
Chelsea v Burnley - Saturday 15:00
For the second week in a row Chelsea struck late to earn all three points, and the scenes at full-time epitomized the spirit that Antonio Conte is trying to forge. However, this only serves to highlight the importance of results and momentum to his side rather than the actual performances themselves.
Chelsea still look disjointed with Conte searching for his best team, though he showed tactical nous with his substitutions that turned the game against Watford. The introduction of Cesc Fabregas in particular changed the complexion of the game, with Eden Hazard having to drop deep less often to collect the ball and therefore starting higher up the pitch where he is most effective.
Burnley secured a surprise win over Liverpool last week after yet more abysmal defending by their opponents. Liverpool were restricted to a few efforts from range and Sean Dyche will expect a much tougher test against a Chelsea side who appear to embody Antonio Conte’s spirit, especially the snarling Diego Costa. Burnley ceded possession to Liverpool, only having 19% themselves, but worked hard without the ball and should look to repeat the same tactics here.
Unlike Watford, who pressed for most of the game until they ran out of steam late on, Burnley will seek to hit Chelsea on the counter and rely on defensive resolve at the back. If Cesc Fabregas starts from the bench again Chelsea may struggle to break down an organized unit early on, and we’re backing Antonio Conte’s side to bag another second half winner with the Draw/Chelsea in the half-time/full-time market at 4.3.