Match Preview : Premier League: Chelsea V Burnley
Premier League champions Chelsea will start their title defence at home on Saturday, when the Blues play host to Burnley.
Manager Antonio Conte enters the 2017-18 campaign with several injury concerns, and after the loss to Arsenal in the Community Shield, a good start is needed for some much-needed momentum.
Match Details :
Date: Saturday, August 12
Time: 3 PM BST/10 AM CET/ 19:30 IST
Venue: Stamford Bridge, London
TV Broadcast: NBSCN(US), Star Sports Select 1, Star Sports Select HD 1(India), SKY Sports (UK)
Streaming Link: www.Ronaldo7.net, Jio TV, Hotstar App
When the boss joins in… ? pic.twitter.com/E5KawcbYs3
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 11, 2017
Squad and Team News :
Chelsea will be without Eden Hazard for their opening Premier League game and the midfielder could be out of action for another couple of months as he recovers from an ankle injury.
New signing from Monaco, Tiemoue Bakayoko, will not play a part since he has not yet been able to train with the Blues, but Alvaro Morata is set for his Premier League bow after playing in the Community Shield defeat to Arsenal.
Victor Moses will miss the game and his likely replacement will be new addition Antonio Rudiger, who will slot into defence as Cesar Azpilicueta moves temporarily to right wing-back.
Another notable absentee from the team that swept to league glory last year is Diego Costa, who has not been part of the Blues squad this pre-season at all after being told he is free to leave.
Pedro will miss the league opener due to the injury he sustained in the Community Shield match against the crosstown rivals.
Potential Chelsea XI: Courtois; Cahill, Luiz, Rudiger; Azpilicueta, Alonso, Kante, Fabregas, Willian, Morata, Batshuayi.
Sean Dyche, pictured at today’s press conference pic.twitter.com/hqUIPXS9X0
— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) August 10, 2017
Burnley come into the first league game of 2017-18 without a number of their key players after striker Andre Gray left for rivals Watford and Michael Keane signed for Everton.
However, Sean Dyche has added experienced performers Phil Bardsley, Jack Cork and Jonathan Walters to his squad, with all three set to feature.
Dean Marney will miss out though, as the midfielder remains sidelined with a serious knee injury.
Potential Burnley XI: Heaton; Mee, Tarkowski, Ward, Lowton; Cork, Westwood, Brady, Arfield; Walters, Vokes.