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Burnley vs Chelsea in the Premier League on Mar 5. 2022 - Odds & Prediction

Burnley vs Chelsea in the Premier League on Mar 5. 2022 - Odds & Prediction

After losing to Leicester on Tuesday night, Burnley spurned an opportunity to move out of the Premier League relegation zone and with one of their games in hand being used up, it means their plight near the bottom has worsened.

While their plight could worsen further by the end of this week and with Chelsea making the trip to Turf Moor, they will look to bounce back after suffering disappointment in last Sunday’s Carabao Cup final.

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Chelsea and Under 2.5 Total Goals

There is no doubt that Burnley need a win more than Chelsea do this weekend and with Turf Moor always being a difficult place in which to go to, they will be in no mood to roll out the red carpet to Thomas Tuchel’s men.

However, just because it is difficult, does not mean that it is impossible for the Blues and with them having won nine of their last ten Premier League matches, they will be clear favourites with all the biggest and best online betting sites

Add the fact that there have been under 2.5 goals in their last four outings, with the same being said for Burnley’s last six at home and backing Chelsea to win with less than three goals scored in total comes recommended. Especially at odds of 9/4 with Sportnation.

Burnley Form, squad news, opinion

How big will Tuesday’s defeat to Leicester be? That is the question that many are asking of Burnley and although we will not truly know the answer until the end of the season, Sean Dyche will know that the magnitude could be greater in a couple of months.

Then again, Dyche is always a man who exudes positivity and even in defeat, there is never any need for panic within the Turf Moor camp and this means it will be the same air of calm when Chelsea come to town on Saturday.

Ultimately, Burnley still have a game in hand over most of the relegation rivals and two over fellow strugglers Brentford and even in defeat this weekend, survival is still ultimately in their own hands.

That is not to say that Burnley will play for damage limitation this weekend, but if they were to lose to the Champions League holders, then an ideal scenario would be a collection of defeats in the bottom half.

That way, it would be a case of as you were in the Premier League and then Burnley’s game or games in hand would still hold a considerable amount of value. Then again, defeat at home and victories elsewhere would only make life more difficult for the Clarets.

In terms of injuries and suspensions for the visit of Chelsea, there are no new concerns for manager Sean Dyche and this means, every member of the Burnley squad is available for the visit of the Champions League holders on Saturday.

Chelsea Form, squad news, opinion

After the disappointment of losing Sunday’s Carabao Cup final, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel must pick his players up for the trip to Burnley and with Turf Moor never being an easy place to visit, a morale boost may well be needed before kick-off.

With the Blues also being caught up in the current backdrop of ownership issues, one wonders if the off-field debate will have any effect on the performance offered up against the Clarets.

Then again, you could not say that the issues involving Roman Abramovich seriously affected the players at Wembley last weekend and with goalkeeping personnel taking the limelight off of Chelsea’s Russian owner, Kepa’s shootout miss is still a topic for debate.

Should Eduoard Mendy have stayed on the pitch? Of course, hindsight is a wonderful thing and had a switch of man between the sticks not taken place, there is every chance that Chelsea would have won the Carabao Cup instead.

Now though, such a incredulous turn of events is in the history books and with Chelsea looking firmly stuck in third, the question of Premier League motivation between now and the end of the season, is arguably Thomas Tuchel’s newest and biggest concern.

In terms of injuries and suspensions for the trip to Burnley, defender Ben Chilwell will once again miss out due to a cruciate ligament injury and he will likely be joined on the sidelines by Andreas Christensen.

History

When it comes to the history of these two clubs, it is a rivalry that is perhaps closer than you might think and with Chelsea just coming out on top, a Burnley win on Saturday would bring the pair even closer together.

In terms of their overall head-to-head record, Burnley have won on 38 occasions, Chelsea 40 and there have been 25 draws

About the Venue

There is certainly nothing pretty about Turf Moor, but at the same time it has never set out to be such a thing and with it being uncomfortable for the opposition to play at, Burnley will hope that Chelsea struggle in more robust surroundings on Saturday.

With COVID-19 restrictions being lifted in England, it means there is no longer the need to show a Vaccine Passport before attending the ground. Which means, match tickets are the only item that is required to be produced at the time of writing.

Conclusion

When looking at the current Premier League relegation odds, Burnley find themselves as fourth in the list of teams to go down and this suggests that the Clarets may just avoid relegation at the end of the season.

While when it comes to the top-four finish market, Chelsea look a certainty to secure another invite to the Champions League and for those who look at betting as an investment, this could be a decent bet to place between now and May.

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