Chelsea predicted line-up vs. Burnley - one major change as £200m duo face injury headache

The latest team news, injury updates and predicted XI as the Blues travel to face Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday afternoon.
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Chelsea will be looking to build on Monday night’s 2-0 win over Fulham with a second successive Premier League victory against Burnley this weekend. The Blues picked up three points for just the second time this season at Craven Cottage, and ended a winless top flight run that stretched all the way back to late August.

Goals for Mykhailo Mudryk and Armando Broja were enough to see off their west London neighbours, and there were plenty of positive performances across the board as Mauricio Pochettino’s men moved up to 11th in the table.

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For their part, Burnley won for the first time since returning to the Premier League in their last outing, seeing off Luton Town at Kenilworth Road in a 2-1 victory on Tuesday. That result was not enough to drag Vincent Kompany’s men out of the bottom three, however, and they remain adrift of safety on goal difference alone.

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino. The Blues travel to face Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino. The Blues travel to face Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino. The Blues travel to face Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

Chelsea Team News

Chelsea have endured their fair share of injury concerns already this season, and the Blues were subjected to yet another scare on Monday evening when Mykhailo Mudryk was withdrawn at half-time due to a thigh complaint. There is optimism that he Ukrainian should still be fit enough to feature against Burnley, however, with Mauricio Pochettino telling Sky Sports: “He was doing well. [It is] unlucky that at half time he felt something in his quad but we hope that it is not a big issue and he will be ready for Saturday.”

Likewise, Moises Caicedo suffered a series of knocks to his knee against Fulham, but looked to be moving freely as he left the pitch at full-time and should be okay to play his part against Burnley. The trio of Carney Chukwuemeka, Benoit Badiashile, and Trevor Chalobah could all be in contention to feature in some capacity after spells out of the sidelines.

There is less positive news regarding Reece James, however, with Saturday’s clash at Turf Moor coming too soon for the Chelsea captain, who is currently sidelined with injury. However, it is of little significance to the Blues, given their skipper is banned from the match following a tunnel incident after his side’s 1-0 loss to Aston Villa last month. Fellow full-back Ben Chilwell is set to be absent for a while yet, with a return date of December tentatively on the cards.

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Summer signing Romeo Lavia is still recovering from an ankle injury but make his long-awaited Chelsea bow at some point in the coming weeks, while Christopher Nkunku and Wesley Fofana are set to be out of action until the new year.

Full Predicted Chelsea XI

Robert Sanchez; Marc Cucurella, Axel Disasi, Thiago Silva, Levi Colwill; Moises Caicedo, Enzo Fernandez, Conor Gallagher; Raheem Sterling, Armando Broja, Mykhailo Mudryk.

Burnley Team News

The Clarets are set to be without a number of players on Saturday afternoon, with Johann Berg Gudmundsson the latest player to be consigned to the treatment table. The Icelandic winger joins the likes of Hjalmar Ekdal, Manuel Benson, Nathan Redmond, and Michael Obafemi on the sidelines.

Elsewhere, Darko Churlinov featured for Burnley’s Under-21s last weekend having recently recovered from a serious health scare. The Macedonian winger was rushed to hospital with blood poisoning at the start of June, but looks to be nearing a full return to first team action.

Full Burnley Predicted XI

James Trafford; Conor Roberts, Ameen Al-Dakhil, Jordan Beyer, Charlie Taylor; Sander Berge, Josh Cullen, Josh Brownhill; Luca Koleosho, Lyle Taylor, Zeki Amdouni.

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