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Chelsea vs. Burnley, Premier League: Preview, team news, how to watch

Last game before the November international break

Chelsea Training and Press Conference Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

Thomas Tuchel’s first win as Chelsea manager arrived in his second match, against Burnley at Stamford Bridge.

Even back then, we could start to see the foundations of a winning team being put into place. In the 29 wins (and 45 games) hence — including one in the Champions League final! — we’ve kept building on those, brick by brick, row by row, wall by wall. And it’s really starting to take shape now, strong and sturdy, clean and modern, with plenty of defensible space and room to entertain.

But one thing we must not do is step back and admire our work, as tempting as it might be. A three-point lead at the top of the table is nothing, especially just a quarter way through the season.

There was nothing all that remarkable about that 2-0 win against Burnley on the final day of January. We’ll take that again.

Date / Time: Saturday, November 6, 2021, 15.00 GMT; 11am EDT; 8:30pm IST
Venue: Stamford Bridge, SW6
Referee: Andre Marriner (on pitch); Mike Dean (VAR)
Forecast: Cool with a slight breeze

On TV: none (UK); none (USA); Star Sports Select HD1 (India); SuperSport MaXimo 1, Canal+ Sport 3 (NGA); elsewhere
Streaming: none (UK); Peacock (USA); Hotstar (India); DStv Now (NGA)

Chelsea Training Session Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

Chelsea team news: We’ve won every game since the previous international break, and can make it seven in a row with this one. The schedule’s been favorable, and we’ve been taking care of business as expected. Consistently maintaining focus and executing properly in such situations isn’t always the easiest — but we’ve done that very well, while building confidence for the grind ahead.

Of course, we mustn’t overlook Burnley either.

We also continue to deal with a fair few injuries, with Marcos Alonso the latest to join the trio of Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner, and Mateo Kovačić. Christian Pulisic made a long awaited return on Tuesday off the bench, though it’s unclear how much more work he’s ready for just yet. It’s a similar case with Mason Mount, who’s been dealing with an evidently debilitating tooth infection, and N’Golo Kanté, who’s been rested more often than not lately with muscle tightness and fatigue.

Leicester City v Burnley - Premier League Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images

Burnley team news: It’s perhaps good that Burnley finally got their first league win of the season last weekend, so we don’t have to worry about being their streak-breaker. They do remain mired in the relegation zone, though have lost just two of their last seven in all competitions, and one in their last five in the league (and that just narrowly to Manchester City, 1-0). Being annoying is Burnley’s middle name after all, and I expect them to be at their most annoying, as always.

Maxwel Cornet scored their third goal in that 3-1 win over Brentford last weekend, which gives the summer signing from Lyon 4 goals in 5 Premier League matches. Fellow new arrival Nathan Collins, a center back from Stoke City, has been more involved recently as well. Former Chelsea prospect Jack Cork is in his fifth season at the club now and is just 16 appearances shy of 300 for his Premier League career.

Previously: The 2-0 win mentioned at the top saw goals from a wing-back and a center back. Classic.