Searching for some much-needed Premier League stability, Chelsea will look to widen their top-four buffer when they welcome Burnley to Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.
While the former champions may have booked their spot in the fourth round of this year’s FA Cup with a 2-0 win over Championship outfit Nottingham Forest, Frank Lampard’s men have won just a pair of their last six top-flight appearances.
On the flip side, while Burnley may have also come past lower league opposition unscathed last weekend, the Clarets have shown some real signs of a struggle entering the New Year.
Losing each of their last three Premier League matchups on the bounce, Sean Dyche’s men are another squad that are looking to kick-start their campaign after slowly being dragged into a relegation scrap.
Hit with a 4-2 defeat when Chelsea made the trip to Turf Moor back in October, you might be interested to know that each of the previous three matchups between the two sides have produced over 3.5 goals and a similar outcome can be found at 7/4 with Bet365.
Lampard’s Stamford Bridge headache
Although on paper Chelsea may have lost just one of their last five matches across all competitions and collected victories over the likes of Tottenham and Arsenal, Frank Lampard has been vocal about his side’s sluggish start to 2020.
Watching Brighton snatch a late equalizer at the Amex on New Year’s Day and missing a string of golden opportunities, there is no doubt that the former England midfielder will be glad to see the other teams in the top-four race enduring their own struggles.
Opening the weekend with a five-point buffer from losing their Champions League status, there is no doubt that fans in West London are desperate for their side to make some much-needed improvements at Stamford Bridge.
Hit with back-to-back Premier League defeats in the capital against Bournemouth and Southampton, the former champions have also lost three of their last four matches on home soil.
Also suffering a 1-0 loss against another relegation scrapper in West Ham back in November, the Blues have drawn a blank in each of their previous three defeats in front of their own supporters.
You might be interested to know that Chelsea can be found priced as high as 9/1 with Ladbrokes to draw another shock blank this weekend.
Burnley being dragged into a relegation scrap?
While Burnley may have managed to come past League One outfit Peterborough last weekend and Head Coach Sean Dyche still stating that there is no need to panic, the Clarets do find themselves in the midst of another rut.
Despite it looking like they had turned a corner after picking up back-to-back victories over Bournemouth and Newcastle last month, Saturday’s guests have lost each of their last three matchups on the bounce.
Booed off at half-time in their 2-1 defeat against relegation scrappers Aston Villa at Turf Moor on New Year’s Day, fans around Lancashire have seen their side now collect just six points out of a possible 24.
Although leading marksman Chris Wood may have bagged what turned out to be a consolation strike against Villa last week, Burnley open the weekend with just a four-point buffer over the drop zone and now find themselves looking over their shoulder.
Also recording just a single victory over Chelsea in any of their previous 11 meetings, you might be interested to know that the Clarets can be found pencilled in at 4/1 with 888Sport to be hit with what would be a shock relegation this season.