Frank Lampard’s successor began his Stamford Bridge reign on Wednesday night with a frustrating goalless draw against out-of-form Wolves.
Tuchel subsequently inspired plenty of hope with an impressive showing at his official unveiling on Thursday, though insisted fans should read nothing into his midweek team selection that came after just one training session and prioritised experience.
The German is unlikely to have it easy against Burnley as he searches for his first win in English football, with Sean Dyche’s Clarets having busted Liverpool’s long unbeaten home run at Anfield before easing past Fulham in the FA Cup and winning a five-goal thriller against Aston Villa at Turf Moor.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Chelsea vs Burnley is scheduled for an early 12pm GMT kick-off on Sunday, January 31, 2021.
The match will be played behind closed doors at Stamford Bridge due to Government guidelines regarding coronavirus.
How to watch Chelsea vs Burnley
TV channel: Sunday’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.
Chelsea vs Burnley team news
It will be interesting to see if Tuchel restores Lampard favourite Mason Mount to his starting XI against Burnley, with the England midfielder having been restricted to a late cameo against Wolves.
As for Burnley, striker Ashley Barnes will hope to be fit after a knock that ruled him out of the win at Villa Park.
Midfielder Josh Brownhill also sustained a blow to the foot during that match, while left-back Charlie Taylor was sidedlined after re-aggravating an old issue.
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 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. Narrow home win that isn’t without its nervy moments.
Chelsea vs Burnley head to head (h2h results)
- Chelsea wins: 9
- Burnley wins: 1
- Draws: 3
- Last meeting: Burnley 0-3 Chelsea (31/10/2020)
Chelsea vs Burnley betting odds and tips
- Chelsea win: 1/3
- Burnley win: 9/1
- Draw: 15/4
- Chelsea to win 2-1: 13/2