The Frank Lampard regime is finally setting in, and already the future at Stamford Bridge looks a lot brighter than many would have anticipated after the opening day defeat at Old Trafford. The Blues could sustain their place in the top four with a win this weekend, and should results also go their way then they could end the weekend as high as second. However, Burnley will present a stiff test.
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It has been an excellent start to the new season for Chelsea, and any fears of an early departure for Lampard have been removed. The club have been on a roll over recent weeks, and they are unbeaten in their last six in all competitions. The defensive issues that looked to have plagued the side for the early weeks of the season and the team have looked more solid with the partnership of Fikayo Tomori and Kurt Zouma in the heart of the defence.
The pairing epitomises everything that Lampard is trying to do at the club as both are quick and are very comfortable on the ball. Tomori especially has been a revelation since taking the place of Andreas Christensen. The young defender must have learned a great deal from Lampard last season at Derby County, but his game has come on leaps and bounds so far this season. He could even be emerging as a shock partner for Harry Maguire for the national side in next summer’s European Championships.
The young players all around the squad have excelled so far this season, with the form of Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount being clear indicators that youth can work should they be given the opportunities. The interplay between the pair is astounding, and they look like they really get on well. That friendship that the duo has can be clearly seen on the pitch.
The form of Mount has been a particular solid point for the Blues as he has filled the number ten void effortlessly. Not just that, but his dedication to working hard for the side shows that he is a true team player. It’s an exciting time to be a Blues fan with the young English talent at the business end of the pitch.
Callum Hudson-Odoi already looks to have hit the ground running this campaign since returning from injury, and his ability to play on either flank would please Lampard.
The manager has also rediscovered the best of Michy Batshuayi, and the Belgium striker has been a solid back-up option to this point. He scored the winner in the recent away win at Ajax, and he also scored on the Blues last away day against Southampton.
He looks happy to be back at Stamford Bridge, and while he may not be the first choice striker; he is certainly a solid choice to have coming off the bench. His movement is his main skill, and when he’s in front of goal, he very rarely looks like missing. Lampard has already understood the importance of keeping the whole squad happy, and that is a credit to the new boss.
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The Blues will be without Ross Barkley, Andreas Christensen and Ruben Loftus-Cheek for this fixture. Antonio Rudiger could be back in contention after returning to full training, while N’golo Kante will have a late fitness test.
It would appear the Burnley have finally gotten over their Europa League hoodoo from last season, which threatened to drag them down into the Championship. They have rediscovered their form from the 2017-18 season and look a tricky assignment for the Blues on the weekend. They don’t score that many goals, as they have only scored 12 so far this campaign, but they also don’t concede many, which means the Blues will have to be at the top of their game to get all three points.
The Clarets were unfortunate not to have come away from the King Power Stadium in their last match with at least a point after having VAR disallow what seemed to be a fair goal in the final ten minutes. They also took the lead in that fixture, before Leicester cam fighting back. However, they would still be happy with their form this season and will be confident that their tactics could challenge a youthful Chelsea defence.
Head to Head
The current latest odds from Compare Your Odds put Chelsea at 9/5 to beat Burnley, and 3/1 for a Burnley win. However, Burnley actually boasts the advantage in this fixture having on 38 occasions compared to Chelsea’s 36 wins. There have also been 24 draws in this fixture. However, the Blues are unbeaten in their last three against the Clarets and have won two of these fixtures. The last win for Burnley came in 2017 when they won 3-2 at Stamford Bridge.
This will be a difficult fixture for Chelsea, but they have shown over recent weeks that they are capable of beating anyone at present. The Blues success in Amsterdam will ensure that they go into the fixture high on confidence, and they should squeeze out a narrow win.