Turf Moor welcomes back Premier League football for the first time in four years – and Sean Dyche could hardly have picked a harder test for his side’s return to the top flight.
Jose Mourinho is still feeling the sting of his first trophyless season in English football – so Burnley could be subjected to the full brunt of Chelsea’s frustration.
Dyche will need Danny Ings to reproduce at least half of last season’s 21 goal haul for Burnley to have a chance of survival. The England Under-21 international was a massive part of the Clarets’ unexpected promotion triumph last season, and the club have done well to hold onto his services.
Chelsea have their own rather more expensive man up front who must fire if they are to fulfil their pre-season status as champions-elect. At £33 million, the ram-like figure of Diego Costa holds the hopes of Stamford Bridge upon his board shoulders – supported a little by a certain Cesc Fabregas.
KICK-OFF: Monday, 8pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS…
Burnley 1 (Fletcher) Chelsea 2 (Anelka, Terry)
Chelsea 3 (Anelka, Ballack, Cole) Burnley 0
Chelsea 1 (Drogba) Burnley 1 (Akinbiyi) League Cup: Burnley win 5-4 on penalties
14 wins for Chelsea in 34 games against Burnley
5-2 Burnley’s record Premier League defeat, at Villa Park in February 2010
24 fouls committed between the teams the last time they played
6-2 Burnley’s record win over Chelsea, in 1960/61
Burnley to win: 8.0
Chelsea to win: 1.4
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