We don’t have to go back too far to find Chelsea winning six in a row in all competitions. The Blues began last season with six straight wins under Maurizio Sarri, part of an 18-match unbeaten run in all competitions. And yet, this six-match run feels nothing like that six-match run. The team, the tactics, the whole thing is a lot more ... relatable? Not sure that’s the right word. But you may still know what I mean.
To find seven in a row, we have to go back to Conte’s title-winning season, which ended with a seven-match winning run before losing the eighth, in the FA Cup final against Arsenal. So that was unfortunate, but records and streaks are made to be broken, after all.
Chelsea’s current streak will eventually come to an end as well. But not yet. Hopefully.
Date / Time: Saturday, October 26, 2019, 17:30 GMT; 10pm IST
Venue: Turf Moor, Burnley, England
Referee: Michael Oliver — Oliver’s back so soon, after last month’s 2-1 defeat against Liverpool, Chelsea’s last loss.
November October rain
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Burnley team news: Three wins, three draws, three losses is where Burnley stand at the moment, but that’s good enough for eight place in the league and an early exit from the League Cup. That surprise loss is just one of two home defeats for the Clarets in all competitions. Liverpool are the only other team to win or even score a goal at Turf Moor this season.
Burnley are back to being quintessentially Burnley once again — even if one or both of Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood miss out — and that means this certainly won’t be easy for Chelsea. Loanee Danny Drinkwater will not feature on account of his off-pitch incidents and/or injuries.
Chelsea team news: Still without Antonio Rüdiger and N’Golo Kanté, who are currently joined by Andreas Christensen and Ross Barkley in the treatment room. But only 72 hours will have passed since Wednesday, and that will make Frank Lampard picking the winning team ever more complicated than recently.
Previously: Chelsea had not won at Turf Moor since 1967 — though we’ve only visited a handful of times since then — until last year’s trip ended in a rather impressive and surprising 4-0 win.