Chelsea vs Burnley
English Premier League, Season 2017/18
Date: Saturday, 12th August 2017
Kick-off at 15:00 UK / 16:00 CET
Venue: Stamford Bridge, London.
Premier League season is set for a new start. The experts are anticipating one of the tightest runs in the history with several teams contending for the title. One of them is Chelsea, who are facing Burnley in the opening round of 2017/18 campaign.
Conte’s men had a disappointing preseason. Their participation at International Champions Cup was concluded with two defeats, by Bayern Munich and Inter, respectively. However, Chelsea suffered a significant blow in FA Community Shield match where they faced Arsenal. The Gunners lifted the trophy after the penalty shoot-out.
Unlike the previous season, Chelsea will compete in UEFA Champions League in addition to Premier League and Cup tournaments. Objectively, Conte’s squad does not possess the depth required to be competitive in two major tournaments. It remains to be seen how the Italian will shop in the remaining days of the transfer window.
Chelsea bought Rudiger from Roma, Bakayoko from AS Monaco and Alvaro Morata, but several players left the club and the club is yet to find the replacements.
Eden Hazard and Bakayoko are both unavailable due to injuries.
Burnley made several worthy acquisitions during the summer such as Jonathan Walters from Stoke and Charlie Taylor from Leeds. This season, Burnley are likely to fight for the middle of the table, but securing the survival is key for this team.
The visitors had an excellent preparatory period. Despite meeting mostly sides inferior compared to them, Burnley were pretty convincing in their four victories and two draws.
Chelsea vs Burnley: Head-to-head
Burnley are yet to beat Chelsea. Their greatest accomplishments against the team from Stamford Bridge are two 1-1 draws from the last three outings.
Chelsea vs Burnley: Prediction
Chelsea and Conte will be looking to bounce back from the defeat in Community Shield, so Chelsea are expected to grab the full prize on Saturday. The first match could determine the whole season, so the pressure on Chelsea to perform could be present. Therefore, the line of +2 seems slightly high.
Chelsea vs Burnley: Bet Tips
- The first bet will be Burnley +1.5 and +2 Asian Handicap at the odds of 1.91 @ Bet365.
- Value Bet is BTTS and Over 2.5 goals priced at 2.75 with Bet365
- Correct Score Prediction: 2-1 Chelsea win for 11.00 @ Bet365.