Sat. Dec 4th, 2021

    50′ OFF THE POST! Thiago Silva rises highest in the box to attack a cross from James on the right flank. He connect well with his header that travels towards the right corner, but clips the outside of the post and goes behind.

    49′ BLOCK! Barkley races forward and offloads into the right-inside channel for James to strike, but he sees his effort diverted behind by Mee.

    47′ Chelsea break on the counter and Barkley feeds Chilwell. The wing-back goes for a one-two with Havertz, but Gudmundsson gets back to make a vital interception.

    46′ Lowton is played into space down the right flank and he lifts a cross into the box, but it evades Wood and travels out for a goal-kick.

    46′ We’re back under way at Stamford Bridge.

    Burnley have been quiet and on the back foot for the majority of the half, but Sean Dyche will be encouraged that his team are only 1-0 down. If they can keep Chelsea at bay, there could be opportunities for the Clarets in the second half.

    Chelsea hold a 1-0 lead at the break against Burnley in their Premier League clash. The Blues put forward a strong peformance in the first half, but were lacking a cutting edge as Callum Hudson-Odoi and Andreas Christensen missed good opportunities. However, Kai Havertz was on point to head the home side in front, dispatching a pinpoint cross from Reece James past Nick Pope. Thomas Tuchel’s team have been in complete command.

    45′ + 2′ HALF-TIME: CHELSEA 1-0 BURNLEY

    45′ + 2′ Cornet tries to turn to latch on to a ball over the top from Brownhill, but Rudiger reacts to clear head of the forward.

    45′ There will be two minutes of added time.

    44′ OVER! Barkley collects 25 yards from goal and lines up an ambitious strike on his right foot that sails comfortably over the bar.

    42′ The tempo of the game has dropped since the Chelsea goal. Tuchel will not want to see his team rest on their laurels even with their dominance of possession.

    40′ James is down for the home side after colliding with Taylor, but he appears to be okay after receiving treatment.

    39′ Only Mohamed Salah (16), Michail Antonio (9) and Jamie Vardy (8) have been directly involved in more Premier League goals this season than Chelsea’s James (7 – 4 goals, 3 assists).

    37′ The Blues have been dominant in the air in the Burnley. For a team that prides itself on defensive resilience that aspect will concern Dyche regarding his side’s performance.

    35′ Chelsea deserve their lead after a good start to the game. Tuchel will be keen for his team to up the ante to get a two-goal cushion before the break.

    R. James

    Assist

    Chelsea

    33′ James makes a good run down the right and supplies a perfect cross for Havertz to convert.

    K. Havertz

    Goal

    Chelsea

    33′ GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!! HAVERTZ HEADS CHELSEA IN FRONT!!!!!!!! 1-0!!!! The Blues take the lead as Havertz dispatches a free header past Pope from six yards. Kante plays James into acres of space down the right flank and the wing-back delivers a precise cross into the middle. Havertz coasts between Mee and Tarkowski before guiding his header into the bottom-left corner.

    32′ McNeil cuts inside from the left flank and digs out a cross to the back post. Cornet is there, but he can only loop a tame header into the hands of Mendy.

    31′ Havertz requires treatment from the Chelsea medical staff, but appears to be okay after his fall.

    30′ Havertz makes a break down the left flank and tries to clip a cross towards the near post. Pope claims it with ease, but a nudge from Lowton sends the German tumbling over the advertising boards and into the front row of the stand.

    28′ SAVE! Jorginho works the ball into space for James to send into the box from the right. It takes a deflection off Taylor and heads towards goal, but Pope sticks out a boot and diverts it wide.

    25′ OVER! Chelsea win a free-kick on the right flank that Barkley whips into the box. Rudiger makes a good run to attack the cross, but the German can only nod his effort over the bar.

    23′ Barkley and Mee collide in the middle of the park. Barkley tries to reach the ball with his boot and catches Mee, and the defender then barges into the midfielder. Burnley get the free-kick.

    23′ Dyche is furious that no action is taken againt Barkley for the high boot. 

    22′ Burnley build down the left flank and McNeil wins a corner off the legs of James. Westwood whips a corner into the box, but Chilwell clears at the near post.

    20′ Cornet attempts an acrobatic volley from the edge of the Chelsea box after latching on to Wood’s knockdown. It loops into the air and is easily claimed by Mendy, but it was better intent from the visitors.

    17′ Kante rolls the ball into the feet of Havertz, who has Chilwell in space to his left. However, he takes a poor first touch and allows Tarkowski to make the challenge in the Burnley box.

    15′ Hudson-Odoi probes down the right flank and he sends a low cross into the box that Mee has to clear behind.

    13′ CLOSE! Barkley exchanges a one-two with James on the edge of the box before launching a right-footed strike towards the top-left corner that drifts just wide of the left post.

    10′ Rudiger meets a corner from the right flank from Chilwell with a thumping header, but he places his effort over the bar.

    9′ SAVE! Hudson-Odoi floats a cross into the box from the left flank that Jorginho glances towards goal, but Pope reacts to turn it past the left post.

    7′ CHANCE! CHRISTENSEN HAS TO SCORE! The defender gets ahead of Mee in the box to attack a cross from Hudson-Odoi from the right flank, but he places his free header wide of the left post. Christensen had to at least hit the target there.

    6′ James collects in space on the right flank from Hudson-Odoi’s offload. He lines up a drive after his two goals last week, but Taylor acts on the slide to divert his effort over the bar.

    4′ SAVE AND WIDE! Chelsea break on the counter and Barkley feeds the run of Hudson-Odoi in the right-inside channel. He fires low and hard, but Pope gets down to make a fine save. The rebound falls back to Hudson-Odoi, only for the winger to scuff his second attempt wide of the target.

    3′ Taylor sends the ball down the left flank for the visitors, but Wood loses out under pressure from Thiago Silva and Chelsea earn a goal-kick.

    1′ We’re under way at Stamford Bridge.

    Chelsea have won their last four Premier League games against Burnley, scoring 12 and conceding twice in this run.

    Burnley are unchanged from their win over Brentford last time out. Dyche keeps faith with a winning line-up, which sees Cornet continue to partner Wood in the final third. Gudmundsson and McNeil operate on the flanks with Brownhill and Westwood in the centre of midfield. 

    Chelsea have made four changes to their side that beat Malmo during the week. Tuchel opts for the same backline, but restores James and Chilwell to the wing-back positions. Kante comes into the fold in place of Loftus-Cheek in the midfield. Barkley gets the call to replace Ziyech in the final third. Ziyech, Azpilicueta and Loftus-Cheek all drop to the bench, but there’s no place for Marcos Alonso in the squad. Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner remain sidelined.

    BURNLEY SUBS: Jack Cork, Ashley Barnes, Wayne Hennessey, Connor Roberts, Jay Rodriguez, Nathan Collins, Erik Pieters, Matej Vydra, Kevin Long.

    BURNLEY (4-4-2): Nick Pope; Matt Lowton, James Tarkowski, Ben Mee, Charlie Taylor; Johann Gudmundsson, Ashley Westwood, Josh Brownhill, Dwight McNeil; Maxwel Cornet, Chris Wood.

    CHELSEA SUBS: Kepa Arrizabalga, Christian Pulisic, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Trevor Chalobah, Saul Niguez, Mason Mount, Hakim Ziyech, Cesar Azpilicueta, Malang Sarr.

    CHELSEA (3-4-3): Edouard Mendy; Thiago Silva, Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger; Reece James, N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Ben Chilwell; Ross Barkley, Kai Havertz, Callum Hudson-Odoi.

    Burnley secured a massive win over Brentford in their Premier League clash last week. The Clarets earned their first victory of the campaign as goals from Chris Wood, Matt Lowton and Maxwel Cornet eased the pressure on the club after a slow start. However, Sean Dyche’s men are thrown back in at the deep end at Stamford Bridge and will have to be resilient to earn a positive result today.

    Chelsea enter the contest with a two-point lead over Manchester City at the top of the Premier League and have won their last seven matches on the bounce in all competitions. The Blues were clinical last week to see off Newcastle on the road and edged past Malmo during the week in their Champions League contest. Thomas Tuchel will be eyeing another three points this afternoon to regain a five-point advantage over City at the top.

    Good afternoon and welcome to the live commentary of the Premier League clash between Chelsea and Burnley at Stamford Bridge.

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