Burnley-Chelsea Preview

Antonio Conte will be looking to extend his perfect start as Chelsea boss when newly-promoted Burnley visit Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Conte's side has picked up three straight wins to start the overall season, but none of those victories have come easily. The Blues (2-0-0) needed late goals from Diego Costa to beat West Ham and Watford in the Premier League, before Bristol Rovers gave them a scare, coming from 3-0 down to leave Chelsea sweating over their progression late in the 3-2 League Cup win.

However, Chelsea aren't alone in looking a little disjointed at this early stage of the season and are expecting another tricky afternoon this weekend.

"There are no easy games in the Premier League," said Victor Moses, who scored the decisive goal against Rovers. "It's 11 versus 11 so it will be a hard game for us, but the most important thing is to work hard together as a team.

"We've won three in a row, we've got quality players who can win us games, collectively and individually, and we'll keep growing together."

Burnley (1-0-1) produced the shock result of the early season when they beat Liverpool 2-0 last weekend. The Clarets had just 19 percent of possession, but got the better of their illustrious opponents thanks to aggressive attacking transitions coupled with the pace and cutting edge of forward Andre Gray.

But even the quality of Gray couldn't help a much-changed Burnley avoid extra-time defeat to Accrington Stanley in the League Cup on Wednesday. The striker came off the bench in the second half and looked like the most dangerous player on the pitch after his introduction… until a late goalmouth scramble earned the lower league side a famous win.

However, Dyche wasn't overly concerned by his team's cup exit, insisting that the Premier League is the club's priority this season.

"We know the main target this year: It doesn't mean we're diminishing the thought of a cup, but the main goal is what we're trying to achieve in the Premier League, we know that," Dyche said. "We know the challenge that's ahead of us and we know there's a group that we'd more be hoping to get points against and we know there's a group that's more difficult to get points against, particularly away from home, and Chelsea come into that.

Dyche added.

"It is the beauty of football, that's why we all love it, when you can go away to these places with a bit of freedom, take on the game and see what comes your way," he said.

"It's obvious we're not leading the market with finance and depth of squad, but what will become apparent, and it already has, is we are willing for the challenge and we'll give every inch of ourselves to achieve what we want."

Chelsea have taken 10 points from their last four Premier League games against Burnley, and won the title on both of the last two occasions the Clarets were in the top-flight.

However, Burnley will back themselves to at least score - they've found the net in all but one of their last either meetings with the Blues.

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