Burnley hoping to catch uncertain Chelsea off-guard at Stamford Bridge

Andrew Cummings
August 12, 2017

Burnley have lost all three Premier League openers in club history, and have never beaten Chelsea in six attempts in Premier League play.

The Blues didn't come pouring out of the gates, either, though the hour mark saw a decent chance and shouts for a penalty as Burnley got extra chippy.

Burnley took the lead minutes later through Sam Vokes after a cross from the right from Matt Lowton.

A relatively uneventful opening to the game was brought swiftly to life when Cahill, stretching for a lose ball, lunged in on Steven Defour and was given a straight red card.

Andreas Christensen then replaced Boga as Antonio Conte moved to shore up his defence.

Emotions were high, with the two red cards, but Dyche dismissed notions Chelsea were trying to influence the referee: "Its an emotional sport, even I still get emotional now and again!"

Chelsea very almost completed a dramatic comeback in the second half, with goals from substitute Alvaro Morata and David Luiz, but a red card for Cesc Fabregas meant that their attempt to recover was carried out with nine men, and Burnley were resolute enough to secure the win.

Hello and welcome to today's match between Chelsea and Burnley at Stamford Bridge.

After N'Golo Kante had seen a shot deflected onto the roof of the net in first-half stoppage time and Marcos Alonso had been denied by Tom Heaton, Willian began to haul Chelsea back into the contest.

Chelsea's hopes of a fightback were hit when Cesc Fabregas received a second yellow card, although David Luiz extended the hope with a late goal from Morata's flick.

Just two minutes later the Australian's brilliant cross was powered home by €13 million man Mounie, who looks like he might just be worth every penny. Robbie Brady lined up a free-kick and it looked like it was going to be a ideal end to a great result in the capital, but his set-piece came back off the foot of the post.

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