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Burnley vs Chelsea FC: Premier League – LIVE!

The Blues are back on the road as they return to Premier League action with a trip to Burnley.

Chelsea eased to a 4-0 Champions League win at Krasnodar on Wednesday, with Hakim Ziyech in sparkling form as Frank Lampard’s forward line clicked in Russia.

However, Chelsea are yet to fully find their feet domestically, taking nine points from their opening six games as Lampard has struggled to balance a thrilling attack with a porous defence.

But after three clean sheets in a row, Lampard will be looking for his side to prove they can find that balance on a regular basis – starting at Turf Moor today.

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Kick-off at Bramall Lane!

We’re up and running at Bramall Lane.

Kevin De Bruyne has returned to Manchester City’s Premier League starting line-up.

The Belgian playmaker played 82 minutes of the Champions League victory at Marseille in midweek but on Saturday was making his first league start since the draw at Leeds on October 3, having been a substitute at West Ham last week.

With Sergio Aguero out with a hamstring injury, Ferran Torres was in attack for City while Aymeric Laporte started in central defence.

It’s one change for the hosts as Max Lowe is restored to the side after missing the trip to Anfield with concussion.

He replaced John Lundstram, who this week it was revealed has turned down the offer of a new contract from the club and looks set to leave. The midfielder was among the substitutes, however.

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Chelsea team news

Frank Lampard has a decision to make over Thiago Silva ahead of today’s trip to Burnley.

The Brazil defender was rested for the midweek Champions League win against Krasnodar – but is fit to play at Turf Moor. But with a game against Rennes on Tuesday and a hectic schedule up to Christmas, Lampard is determined not to ask too much of the 36-year-old.

“Thiago is fit,” he said. “Taking him out of the trip to Russia was more of a maintenance issue for him and I spoke to him about it.

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“We’re just trying to make sure we get the best out of him over the course of a season and in this schedule where we have game after game after game, it made sense in a game, which involved a lot of travelling.

“If he had to play that game then of course he could have done but we have to put it in context of what we’ve got ahead of us. In the end it was a nice exercise with the fact we got a result and Toni Rudiger came into the team and played really well, which is the competition we need.”

Rudiger is an option again – and his greater knowhow of the Premier League, particularly in a physical battle with Burnley, could give him the edge.

Lampard added: “In terms of the rest of the squad, we don’t have any clear injuries but we do have a bit of a tired group. We arrived back quite late, in the early hours of this morning, so I’ll have to assess everybody today and tomorrow to see how they’ve settled down and we’ll see where we’re at.”

Kepa is still recovering from a shoulder injury, but has made progress this week.

Chelsea predicted line-up (4-2-3-1): Mendy; James, Rudiger, Zouma, Chilwell; Kante, Jorginho; Ziyech, Havertz, Pulisic; Werner

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Teams from Bramall Lane

Sheffield United XI: Ramsdale, Basham, Egan, Stevens, Baldock, Berge, Ampadu, Osborn, Lowe, Brewster, McBurnie

Subs: Lundstram, Sharp, Burke, Norwood, McGoldrick, Robinson, Verrips

Manchester City XI: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Laporte, Joao Cancelo, Bernardo Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Torres, Sterling

Subs: Stones, Ake, Gundogan, Zinchenko, Carson, Foden, Garcia

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Today’s schedule

Action at Turf Moor isn’t the first game up today.

Last night saw Wolves beat Crystal Palace relatively comfortably and the early kick-off today has Manchester City at Sheffield United. Team news to come from Bramall Lane in about 15 minutes.

Then it’s all eyes to Burnley, before Liverpool host a West Ham team showing some steel.

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Welcome to the Evening Standard’s LIVE coverage of the Premier League game between Burnley and Chelsea.

With kick-off at 3pm, stick with us for all the build-up, action and reaction.

( Evening Standard )


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