The Tuchel era began with a whimper on Wednesday night as Chelsea saw out a goalless draw with Wolves, though there were early signs that the German coach’s tactics will make the Blues more unpredictable.
Chelsea will kick off the game stuck in 10th place in the table, though the tight nature of this Premier League season means they could end the day five points off fourth place.
However, Chelsea’s opponents today are Burnley, who have won their last three games in all competitions. Sean Dyche’s side shocked Liverpool with a win at Anfield last week, and a 3-2 victory over Aston Villa on Wednesday shows the Clarets are on the right track after a poor start to the season.
With kick-off at 12pm GMT, follow all the latest match action and analysis with James Robson at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea predicted lineup
Here is how we think the Blues will shape up today…
Chelsea XI (3-4-3): Mendy; Azpilicueta, Silva, Rudiger; Hudon-Odoi, Jorginho, Kovacic, Chilwell; Ziyech, Werner, Mount
Head to head (h2h) results
Last meeting: Burnley 0-3 Chelsea (31/10/2020)
Chelsea vs Burnley prediction: 2-1 home win
Burnley are full of confidence after a run of three consecutive victories that has lifted them up to 15th in the Premier League – nine points clear of relegation danger – and into the fifth round of the FA Cup.
However, Tuchel will be itching to get that first Chelsea three points safely under his belt. A narrow home win that isn’t without its nervy moments is most likely.
Burnley early team news
Striker Ashley Barnes will hope to be fit for the trip to west London after an unspecified knock that ruled him out of the win at Villa Park.
Midfielder Josh Brownhill also sustained a painful blow to the foot during that match, while left-back Charlie Taylor was sidedlined after re-aggravating an old issue.
Chelsea early team news
It will be interesting to see if Tuchel restores Lampard favourite Mason Mount to his starting XI, with the England midfielder having been restricted to a late seven-minute cameo against Wolves.
N’Golo Kante returned to training on Thursday having not featured since the 3-1 defeat by Manchester City on January 3, with the Frenchman’s importance stressed by Tuchel during his introductory press conference – but it remains to be seen whether he will be risked.
How to watch
TV channel: Today’s match will be shown live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate, with coverage beginning at 11:30am.
Live stream: BT Sport subscribers can also watch the action via the BT Sport website or BT Sport app.
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