The reigning Premier League champions Chelsea are about to start their Premier League campaign following their opening game against Burnley on Saturday at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues will be highly optimistic to defend the title as they have retained almost the same squad that they had in the previous season. But according to the experts, this season is going to be very difficult for the boys from the West London as their rivals in the league have already splashed huge amounts in increasing their squad depths and they have proved their worth already in the pre-season friendlies.
On the other hand, Chelsea have started the season in a worried manner as they have had a mixed type transfer window, missing their targets to the rivals. Although they have signed Alvaro Morata for a record transfer fee, the team have failed to create any praise-worthy impact in the pre-season friendlies. They have also lost the Community Shield to their London Rivals Arsenal in the last week. So, they will be keen to wipe off the shaky start of the season.
Chelsea vs Burnley Team News:
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte does have some worries before the Burnley match following unavailability of few players. The Belgian superstar Eden Hazard is yet to recover his ankle injury that he had received during his international duties back in June. This will force him not to be available for next few more games. On the other hand, newly joined Alvaro Morata in place of leaving Diego Costa is yet to adopt with the team and he is not supposed to start the game. Another new recruit for Chelsea Tiemoue Bakayoko is also not fit to play following a groin injury. In addition to these, Victor Moses is also suspended for the game following his red card in the FA Cup final in the last season. In this situation, another newcomer Antonio Rudiger is supposed to start the game for The Blues.
On the other hand, Burnely too have made a few changes in their team than the last season. The signing of Jonathan Walters will let him feature in the first team.
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Chelsea vs Burnley Key Players:
With the absence of few of the star players, Chelsea will be looking forward to the abilities of Willian in the right wing. Michy Batshuayi will also be under the radar following his disappointment due to lack of starts in the last season. The impact of Chelsea’s newly joined Alvaro Morata also will be very crucial as the player also has to adopt the style of play. On the other hand, for Burnley, Robby Brady and Jonathan Walters will be the key players. Along with them, the two forwards including Ashley Barnes and Sam Vokes will be marked highly in the game.
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The game is scheduled on Saturday, 12th August 2017 from 07.30 PM IST and will be telecast on Star Sports Select 1 and Star Sports Select HD1 for Indian viewers. However, for online streaming links send us a message on our official Facebook page.