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Do Burnley stand a chance of denting Chelsea’s title charge on Sunday?

Crippy Cooke in Editorial, English Premier League 9 Feb 2017

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Burnley boss Sean Dyche has done a fantastic job at Turf Moor

Newly-promoted Burnley welcome Premier League leaders Chelsea to Turf Moor on Sunday afternoon, in a game that would normally be a foregone conclusion given 11 places and 30 points separates the two sides.

However, Burnley are boasting the third-best return of points at home this season while Chelsea have dropped points on the road in recent weeks. So could there be an upset this weekend?

Burnley formidable at Turf Moor

Sean Dyche’s Burnley side are currently 12th in the Premier League table with 29 points from 24 games this season, arguably just three wins away from guaranteeing their survival. The Clarets have built their season on their home form and it’s worked perfectly. Burnley have amassed 28 points from a possible 39 at Turf Moor, boasting a better return in their own backyard than the likes of Arsenal, Everton, Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United, and have lost just once at home in the division since October.

Burnley have beaten Liverpool, Everton, Southampton and defending champions Leicester City at home this season, losing only to Arsenal and Manchester City since their opening day loss. The Clarets were well-beaten by Chelsea in the reverse fixture earlier in the season, but their latest head-to-head is sure to be a tight affair. Two sides with fantastic defensive records locking horns can often be a recipe for a stalemate, and with Chelsea looking shaky on the road of late, it wouldn’t be such a shock to see them fall short.

Chelsea slightly travel-sick

Chelsea are flying high at the top of the Premier League with 59 points, coming off the back of three wins from their last four games. But the Blues have an achilles heel on their travels of late which could make them vulnerable. Antonio Conte’s men have dropped points in two of their last three away games and goals have been harder to come by when they’re playing away from Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea have scored one or less goals in four of their last five Premier League games on the road ahead of a trip to face Burnley who have conceded only once in their last four. Sean Dyche’s men are resilient in their own backyard and may take advantage of Chelsea’s less than convincing form as a travelling side. Burnley are 15/2 to win against Chelsea in Sunday’s clash at Turf Moor and could move into the top-half with a win.

Could the Clarets pull off an upset?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Crippy Cooke


Crippy Cooke has somehow written for the Telegraph, Independent, Huffington Post, Zoo Magazine, Daily Mail, ITV Football, MSN Sport, Yahoo Sport, London24 and Bleacher Report among others, despite knowing less about football than your average Fan TV member . The weekly accumulator enthusiast is saving up his winnings to pay for a much-needed hair transplant but grows more on his chin than his head. He lives and breathes football and somehow makes a living writing from it.

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