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Preview: Burnley v Chelsea

28 Jan 2010 - 14:56:28

Burnley face the difficult task of tackling table-toppers Chelsea on Saturday evening, with the Clarets without a Premier League win since October.

The Clarets are now inside the relegation zone and on current form they have little chance of clambering their way out of it.

They have failed to grab a victory in their last 11 league fixtures whoch have brought five draws and six losses, but their home form has so far kept them out of real danger.

Just a single loss at Turf Moor has scuppered their fine record - a 3-1 setback to Wigan Athletic - but with the big hitters of Chelsea in town, their loss record could be doubled.

New signings Leon Cort and Nicky Weaver may feature for the hosts but they will need more than just these two if they are to find a result.

Defender Steven Caldwell is struggling with a groin complaint in an otherwise full compliment in front of boss Brian Laws.

Chelsea's unrelenting title charge gathered further momentum in midweek as they smashed Birmingham City 3-0 at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues made light work of Alex McLeish's men, who were the league's real form team before their trip to the capital on the back of a 12-game unbeaten streak.

Florent Malouda and a Frank Lampard double inspired Carlo Ancelotti's men as they leapt back to the summit.

They will be without midfield enforcer Michael Essien with a knee injury while right-backs Juliano Belletti (calf) and Jose Bosingwa (knee) are closing in on a first-team return.

Chelsea are on a ten-game unbeaten run in all competitions and they have won their five previous games, smashing 19 goals home in the process, which can only strike fear into the hearts of Burnley defenders Tyrone Mears, Michael Duff, Clarke Carlisle and Christian Kalvenes.

With Chelsea's closest rivals Manchester United at Arsenal on Sunday, Ancelotti's men will be striving to pull further clear at the top as they chase their first title since the 2005-06 season.


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