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The official line-ups for the third Premier League game of the season between Chelsea and Burnley, played at Stamford Bridge.

 

Chelsea – Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Kante, Willian, Oscar, Matic, Hazard, Costa.

Subs – Begovic, Fabregas, Pedro, Loftus- Cheek, Moses, Batshuayi, Aina.

 

Burnley – Heaton, Lowton, Keane, Mee, Ward, Boyd, Marney, Defour, Arfield, Gray, Vokes.

Subs – Robinson, Kightly, Jutkiewicz, Gudmundsson, Tarkowski, Darikwa, O’Neill.

 

Referee – Mark Clattenburg

Venue – Stamford Bridge

Kick-off – 15:00 GMT

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Squawka’s Features Editor Greg Johnson shared his opinion on how Chelsea can beat Burnley, the same sside that last week defeated Liverpool 2-0 in their second Premier League fixture suggesting that Blues boss Antonio Conte won’d to the same mistakes as Reds manager Jurgen Klopp:

Burnley pressed Liverpool in their defensive half and managed to get two goals past them, which left the Reds unable to get back into the game, with Burnley happy to allow Jurgen Klopp’s men to dominate the ball.

With Chelsea looking light in defence, and no centre-back bolstering their ranks, new signing N’Golo Kante should track back to help their defenders out before they risk being found out by Burnley.

With the hype around new manager Antonio Conte, people will be expecting Chelsea to win the game on Saturday, but they must not underestimate Sean Dyche’s side.

The arrivals of Kante from title winners Leicester City and Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi will give the side more energy, especially from Kante, who is a driving force in midfield.

 

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Speaking to BetVictor former Liverpool and Manchester United star Michael Owen gave his prediction about today’s game at Stamford Bridge Chelsea v Burnley.

Dyche‘s side impressed last week beating Liverpool 2-0 in the second Premier League fixture, and now are ready to challenge the Blues at their home even if they were knocked out by Accrington Stanley in the EFL Cup a couple of days ago.

Chelsea won their two previous league game with Diego Costa‘s late winners and beat Bristol Rovers in the EFL Cup in a strange game where new signing Michy Batshuayi was the hero, scoring a brace:

“It’s been a mixed week for Clarets fans; the ecstasy of taking three points from Liverpool and the agony of the League Cup Cup loss to neighbours Accrington Stanley,” Owen said to the bookmaker’s website.

“The Blues have won all three games under Antonio Conte but not kept a clean sheet; I expect them to gain a comfortable win at the Bridge.”

 

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Burnley boss Sean Dyche is confident his team can challenge Chelsea at Stamford Bridge today despite the huge technical difference between the two squads:

“You turn around and it’s, ‘Come on then, Cesc, get yourself warmed up,'” Dyche said of Conte’s options while speaking ahead of the game.

“It’s not a bad position to be in! There lies the truth, or the gap, in the Premier League

“Out there playing, that means nothing; it’s 11 players against you and you have to remind yourself of that, and the players do, they’ll take on the responsibility of dealing with that.

“When you look at the players they’ve got and depth of squad, it’s highly unlikely they won’t be up among it, so that’s a big challenge for us.

“We know that’s not our league, but the magic of football means you can still get results. We have to formulate a team, rather than individuals, and that team has to deal with what’s coming at you, and be productive and go and score goals.

“The difference is teams are now playing more football away from the goal,” explained Dyche, whose team drew 1-1 at Stamford Bridge two years ago.

“They have a lot of possession and are not always looking to penetrate, or trying to penetrate by keeping the ball and making the opposition lose their shape.

Speaking about the win against Liverpool last week he said:

“You’ve got to know when to press, that’s the secret. We pressed well for the first goal, and the second with the breakaway.

“The knowledge base is when to press, and how to work on transition. I said three years ago transition is the future of football, not because I had a crystal ball, but I felt that was how the game was going – how quickly you can turn attack into defence, defence to attack.

“I spoke many times about that need for transition – but obviously, I’m Sean Dyche!”

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Chelsea will face Burnley at Stamford Bridge in the Blues‘ third Premier League clash under new manager Antonio Conte at 3pm.

TEAM NEWS 

Chelsea

Willian trained yesterday and is recovering from a calf-injury, then the Brazilian star could miss out on the game tomorrow;

Kurt Zouma and Marco Van Ginkel are still injured;

Antonio Conte could reportedly give Cesc Fabregas a chance in the Starting XI;

Diego Costa is set to play as loan striker despite also his teammate Michy Batshuayi has impressed in the 3-2 home win against Bristol Rovers in the EFL Cup second round on Tuesday, when the Belgium international scored a brace.

Anyway, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, speaking about new signing Batshuayi, has revealed yesterday: “It’s important to keep pressing him but I can decide to play him at the start tomorrow, yes.”

Burnley

Sean Dyche could count on his entire squad except for striker Ashley Barnes, who is not expected to start the clash;

– New signing from Liverpool Jon Flanagan, who joined the Clarets on a season-long loan, will likely feature.

PREDICTED LINE UPS

Chelsea (4-1-4-1) Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Kante, Matic, Willian, Fabregas, Hazard, Diego Costa

Burnley (4-4-2) Heaton, Lowton, Keane, Mee, Ward, Marney, Defour, Boyd, Arfield, Gray, Vokes

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Chelsea are lining up an audacious bid to land Fiorentina full-back Marcos Alonso to Stamford Bridge before the transfer market deadline, according to reports in Italy.

Manager Antonio Conte is said to be ready to launch a £17m bid plus add-ons for the 25-year-old, after failing to reach an agreement for AC Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli earlier this week.

The former Bolton youngster could reportedly consider a move back to the Premier League, where he spent three seasons featuring 35 times and scoring 5 goals.

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Juventus are still interested in Chelsea winger Juan Cuadrado, who spent last season on loan at the Serie A champions and would be eager to rejoin his former side on a season-long loan, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Manager Antonio Conte is reportedly blocking the deal as he is a huge fan of the 28-year-old, but the Italian newspapaer claims he is delaying the deal until he can secure a replacement.

The Colombia international’s agent Alessandro Lucci is reportedly pushing for a deal before the transfer market deadline.

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Crystal Palace are interested in signing Santos star Lucas Lima, according to the Daily Star.

Alan Pardew wants to strengthen his side before the transfer market’s deadline and the Eagles are keen on signing him on a season-long loan with a £51.3m option to buy him netx summer, according to UOL Esporte.

Anyway, the 26-year-old has revealed he is not considering a move to Selhurst Park, but he would join another team in the Premier League: “I don’t want to leave for any club, I want to play for a big team from Europe – he told Globo Esporte – There are many such as Barcelona, Real Madrid, PSG, Chelsea.”

It is understood the Blues had a bid rejected from Santos for Lima’s teammate Thiago Maia but Antonio Conte is not expected to be really keen on the Brazilian star.

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Chelsea youngster Patrick Bamford is heading to newly-promoted Burnley on a season-long loan, according to The Guardian.

Also Aston VillaFulham and Queens Park Rangers are said to be interested in the striker.

The 22-year-old spent last season on loan with Crystal Palace and Norwich City but struggled to break into the starting XI in both sides and new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is reportedly willing to let him join another team on loan to gain experience.

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A real estate company has revealed Real Madrid star James Rodriguez has decided to rent a villa in Turin, then the rumors linking him with a move to Juventus are growing up.

The Colombian star is expected to leave the Bernabeu this summer and he has been heavily linked also with a move to Chelsea earlier this week.

An official statement from Proto Group Ltd. read: “Representatives of James Rodriguez will this – Wednesday – afternoon be in Turin to confirm the renting of a villa in the city,”

“For several weeks, we have been commissioned by the player to find a suitable home in Turin, and today we will close the deal.”

Chelsea are ready to spend a fee in the region of €70m to sign him and he is considering their proposal, according to reports in Spanish and English press.

The 25-year-old played only a few minutes in Real Madrid‘s opener against Real Sociedad but manager Zinedine Zidane told medias: “He is well and happy. He worked and helped us to gain the three points,” 

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