Chelsea aiming for first win in three against 18th placed Burnley
Burnley 1-1 Chelsea
Chelsea have so far found it hard to get the right balance between opening up the opposition to score goals, and keeping the ball out of their own net.
When they have been at their best on the front foot, they’ve been far too open at the back, conceding three goals against the likes of West Brom and Southampton.
When they aim to keep it tight, like the game at Manchester United last weekend, they struggle to create enough chances going forward, with the game ending 0-0.
With Frank Lampard still finding his best team and tactics, they could be in for inconsistent results for a while longer.
As for Burnley, they are a team in desperate need of points. They have not scored in their last two matches and are conceding far too many at the other end. They need to recover that steel from previous seasons.
Form Guide (all comps): LLLDL
Reasons to be cheerful:
Almost grabbed a point against Spurs last weekend
Opponents are a little uncertain of themselves
Reasons to be fearful:
Nightmare combination of conceding many and scoring few
Key players still out injured
Manager Sean Dyche will have taken some positives out of the defeat to Spurs a week ago.
They had frustrated their opponents until the 76th minute, when Son continued his stellar form in front of goal and scored the winner. Up until then, they had shown some of the solidarity that their side has become used to.
Scoring goals is still a huge concern however, even if their situation within the bottom three is not quite at panic stations just yet. They are without a goal in their last two games and have only put three in the back of the net going forward.
Dyche will not be overly worried just yet – of the managers currently in and around the relegation zone, he has the proven quality of getting the best out of his players year after year.
However, if this form continues towards Christmas, he and his team could be in trouble.
Star Man – James Tarkowski
The defender will be crucial in keeping the Chelsea attackers at bay, though will face a tough challenge.
Form Guide (all comps): WDDDW
Reasons to be cheerful
Shown resilience to go unbeaten in last five
Timo Werner has shown great scoring form
Reasons to be fearful
Finding it hard to score without conceding
Lampard must find his best team
Chelsea have shown all of the right qualities at points this season, but not necessarily all at the same time.
They’ve scored plenty of goals and comfortably beaten teams such as Crystal Palace 4-0, as well as winning by the same margin in the European midweek fixture.
But they’ve also conceded plenty, the 3-3 draws against West Brom and Southampton bringing them back down to Earth.
In their match against Manchester United last weekend, they set up to keep a clean sheet, but then looked very tame going forward and barely created a chance in front of goal.
Timo Werner has looked good of late, scoring four goals and providing two assists. Record signing Kai Havertz has also shown glimpses of quality.
They may have to work hard to force their way past Burnley this weekend.
Star Man – Timo Werner
Is now hitting the back of the net with more consistency, looking like a top player
Chelsea will boss possession and look to create opportunities
Ziyech played well in midweek and could start here
Burnley will try and be hard to break down
Although Chelsea are many people’s favourites for this one, Burnley could make this tougher than expected, especially if their game against Tottenham is anything to go by.
They looked well organised and almost came away with a point.
Chelsea have the firepower to break them down, but have to find the right balance between attack and defence.
Burnley are not in the best scoring form, but a goal could be all they need for a point here.
Burnley 1-1 Chelsea