Burnley have earned their first Premier League (PL) victory of the year after seven attempts with a tenacious 2-1 triumph over Luton. Given that Burnley’s winning goal came just 64 seconds after Luton’s equalizer, it’s clear why manager Vincent Kompany stated that his team’s success in the second half was due to “character”
The Clarets would dearly love to win back-to-back Premier League games in order to climb the ladder once more, but Chelsea’s return to Turf Moor presents a challenge because the Clarets have never defeated Chelsea at home in the PL (D1, L7).
This is definitely not a good omen, as Burnley is on the verge of becoming just the fifth team in top-flight history to lose their first five home league games of a season after losing their first four Premier League home games this year.
If there was ever a time to inflict such a blow onto Burnley, this is most likely the right time for Chelsea, who are traveling north after a string of triumphs in both the league and the cup. The previous winning streak was snapped by a 1-0 loss to Nottingham Forest earlier this season, so they’ll be hoping to build on those two triumphs with a better outcome than they did the last time they did so.
It was the first of five Chelsea games to feature no more than two goals scored, which set off an odd scoring pattern. Because no team scored in any of those games, it may be even more crucial for Chelsea to score first here as they look to win consecutive away Premier League games for the first time since October 2022. Chelsea defeated Fulham 2-0 on Monday night.
Observe these players: Given that it was his second goal in Burnley’s past three games, Jacob Bruun Larsen’s victory in the midweek match might be enough to get him a start in this match. After a protracted injury layoff, Armando Broja scored his first Chelsea goal against Fulham in nearly a year.
His two goals for the Blues have come in the final minutes of games, and in 2021/22 he scored against Burnley while on loan at Southampton.
Chelsea has scored at least three goals in each of their last four Premier League visits to Turf Moor.
Predicted Scoreline: 0-4