Chelsea 3-2 Bristol Rovers (Michy Batshuayi (1st goalscorer) 2, Victor Moses – Peter Hartley, Ellis Harrison)
Accrington 1-0 Burnley A.E.T (Matthew Pearson (1st goalscorer))
Kick Off: 15:00, 27/08/16
Stadium: Stamford Bridge
Head-to-head: Chelsea 1-1 Burnley, Chelsea 3-0 Burnley, Burnley 1-2 Chelsea, Burnley 1-3 Chelsea, Chelsea 1-1
Chelsea: Out – Ola Aina, Kurt Zouma, Marco van Ginkel
Doubtful – Willian
Burnley: Out – None
Doubtful – Ashley Barnes
- Burnley to score @ evens
- Either team to win by one goal @ 21/10
- Chelsea’s defence has failed to contain the Burnley attack in their previous three meetings
- After leaking two against Bristol Rovers, the Blues have now failed to keep a clean sheet in 11 home matches
- Diego Costa has scored just one Premier League goal at the Bridge since February 2016
A Look at Chelsea’s Betting Odds
Antonio Conte’s short reign at Stamford Bridge so far has seen the Blues twice scrape 2-1 wins in the Premier League and a well-regimented Burnley outfit will ensure the Italian’s third top-flight match at the helm is just as gritty as the previous pair.
That is, however, contrary to what the bookies think, who have afforded Chelsea odds of just 1/4 to overcome the Clarets.
Those looking for a punt on the underdogs can back them at monster odds of 21/2, while the draw is on offer at 9/2 in the Chelsea v Burnley match-betting market.
Backing either team to win by one goal must be considered a value bet given the Blues’ recent spate of victories by this margin. Even their midweek EFL Cup duel with League One’s Bristol Rovers followed suit. A fourth successive instalment is available at 21/10.
Sean Dyche’s sides’ two defeats this term (including their after extra-time loss to Accrington Stanley in the same competition) were by one goal, while four of the seven they suffered last time around fit the trend too.
A Look at Burnley’s Betting Odds
This is the Clarets’ first league game of the campaign contested outside of Turf Moor’s corrugated confines.
It’s a daunting trip but one they shouldn’t fear making based on the way with which they finished the previous season on the road.
They found the net at least twice in all but one of their last seven away matches in the Championship. Obviously, the calibre of opponent faced on this run was a far cry from Chelsea’s standard, but Burnley’s odds to score at the Bridge must be considered good value.
It’s even-money that the visitors hassle the scoreboard operative this weekend, compared to 18/25 about a home clean sheet.