Chelsea brace themselves for a tough trip to Lancashire as they play Burnley away in the Premier League, on Saturday night (IST).
When FIFA imposed a transfer ban on Chelsea, it was hard to conceive how the Blues could cope with their big rivals, considering every team flexes its muscles in the transfer windows. On top of that, Eden Hazard also left the club for pastures new in Real Madrid. A Nightmare?
Fast forward three months, Chelsea fans have pretty much nothing to complain about. The ban proved to be a blessing in disguise for the five-time Premier League champions as academy players like Mason Mount, Calum Hudson Odoi, Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori have emerged into the scenes as a proper player. Now some football pundits are claiming that if Chelsea can hold onto their young players, and continue to give them minutes in the Premier League, Frank Lampard's team could be ready to dominate the English football.
Burnley, on the other hand, are once again punching above their weights this season. They have three wins, three draws and three defeats from their first nine league games an sit 8th on the points table.
The Premier League match will be played between Burnley and Chelsea at Turf Moor, in Burnley, Lancashire, England. The ground has a capacity of 22,546.
The game will start at 10:00 PM (IST), on Saturday, October 26.
Recent Results (All Competitions last six):
Burnley: L D W D W L
Chelsea: W W W W W W
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BUR vs CHE Dream11 Team News:
Sean Dyche is set to welcome back striker Ashley Barnes and midfielder Jack Cork to the matchday squad following successful recoveries from respective groin and shoulder injuries.
But the hosts are fretting over the fitness of in-form striker Chris Wood who is down with a tight hamstring. He will be assessed before the game.
Danny Drinkwater is ineligible to face his parent club but the former Leicester City midfielder is not match-fit either as he continues to recover from an injury.
Meanwhile, winger Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson remains a long-term absentee due to a knee injury.
Frank Lampard will have to make changes to his playing 11 due to a number of high profile absentees.
Star midfielder N'Golo Kante will be missing this match due to a groin injury, while Ross Barkley, who suffered an ankle injury last week, has been ruled out from his game as well.
In addition, center-back duo Andreas Christensen (hamstring), and Antonio Rüdiger (groin), along with long-term absentee Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Achilles) will be missing this match for Chelsea.
BUR vs CHE Dream11 Probable Playing 11:
Pope (GK), Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Pieters, McNeil, Westwood, Hendrick, Brady, Wood, Barnes
Arrizabalaga (GK), Alonso, Tomori, Zouma, Azpilicueta, Kovacic, Jorginho, Pulisic / Odoi, Mount, Willian, Abraham
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