- Venue:Turf Moor
- Referee:Dowd, P
Full Time: Burnley 1-2 Chelsea. Terry's late header gives Chelsea a narrow victory over a spirited Burnley side who were outclassed in the end.
Chelsea are showing their class now as they retain possession and force Burnley to remain camped in their own half.
Chelsea will be looking to run down the clock and see out the remainder of this game as we tick into injury time.
Burnley work the ball forward and Eagles comes off the left hand side and shifts the ball onto his favored right foot. He unleashes a shot towards goal but it sails wide of the mark.
I would be suprised if Chelsea concede now. They look solid at the back and Burnley haven't really threatened since they equalised.
BURNLEY 1-2 CHELSEA. John TERRY meets a Lampard corner and heads the ball powerfully into the corner of the goal to put Chelsea back infront. It's no suprise to see the Chelsea skipper in the headlines today!
Chelsea play some neat intricate passes as Deco and Lampard pull the strings but the final ball is lacking and the organised Burnley defence continues to make the crucial interceptions.
Burnley are shwoing belief that they can get something out of this game! Chelsea are beginning to get frustrated as the clock runs down.
Ashley Cole is replaced by Deco.
Martin Paterson gets forward and whips in a dangerous ball from the left hand side that forces the Chelsea defence to run towards their own goal but Lampard makes a fine interception.
Ashley Cole is forward again and the ball falls for him in the box and he looks to shoot but Carlisle gets the block in ten yards out. That was a crunching fifity-fifty and Ashley Cole seems to have jarred his ankle.
Joe Cole is replaced by Daniel Sturridge as Ancelotti tries to force a winner for his side.
Blake is replaced by Thompson for the Clarets.
Chris Eagles leads a Burnley attack and has the chance to shoot from range. The shot is struck well and takes an awkward bounce just infront of Cech but the keeper makes the save look comfortably enough.
Chelsea continue to dominate and press for another goal but they can't seem to find the finishing touch. Anelka heads goalbound from a corner but Jensen is there to make the save.
Alex has the opportunity to get forward and he pulls the trigger from a long way out but his shot is less powerful than you would anticipate from the big defender and the shot bounces wide anyway.
Frank Lampard has the opportunity to strike a free-kick from range towards Jensen's goal and it's no suprise to see him take the shot on. The shot creeps through the wall but Jensen makes a save low to his left.
Martin Paterson comes on for Kevin McDonald. That's an attacking move from Brian Laws, will it pay off?
Edgar brings down Ivanovic on the Chelsea right and Malouda looks to deliver towards the big men forward from the back. Malouda whips the ball in but the cross is poor and only finds the arms of Jensen.
Frank Lampard takes a shot from the edge of the box but Carlisle makes the block. The ball ricochets for Joe Cole who pulls the trigger from a tight angle but fires just wide.
Joe Cole looks to get Chelsea back infront as he uses some neat footwork to create a yard of space to cross from the right. The ball picks out Ashley Cole arriving from fullback but he can only head straight at Jensen.
BURNLEY 1-1 CHELSEA. Robbie Blake breaks forward and crosses for FLETCHER who gets on the end of the ball and tucks the ball into the bottom corner from close range. Game on!
Chelsea continue to dominate after the break as they did before. Malouda strikes a shot from the edge of the box but he fires wide.
The second period is underway.
Halftime: Burnley 0-1 Chelsea. The game reaches hafltime and Chelsea go into the break one goal to the good through Anelka and the visitors look comfortbale. What can Burnley do to get themselves back in this one?
As the game drifts towards halftime Chelsea seem content to keep the ball in midfield and go into the break one goal to the good.
Zhrikov has been impressive today and again he links up with Malouda to win a corner for the visitors. The corner is taken by Lampard but comes to nothing.
Andre Bikey is booked for a foul on Anelka. The referee had no choice after a fairly cynical foul from the Cameroonian.
David Edgar is introduced to replaced Christian Kalvenes who appears to have picked up a knock.
John Terry is cautioned as he blocks off Blake as the striker tried to race onto the through ball.
Zhirkov and A Cole link up down the left hand side and Zhirkov puts on the burners to race to the byline and flash the ball across goal but A Cole can't quite get the finishing touch.
It's all Chelsea now as they win another free-kick. Lampard will deliver from the right hand side but his cross is a poor one and Burnley are able to clear with ease.
Zhirkov shows his willingness to work as he chases down a loose ball and wins a corner for a Chelsea side on the hunt for a second.
BURNLEY 0-1 CHELSEA. Joe Cole dinks the ball into the path of Malouda on the left hand side and he cuts it back into the path of ANELKA who slots the ball home to put Chelsea ahead.
Burnley work the ball around the midfield and seem to be showing confidence on possession. The ball is worked wide to Eagles who crosses but Terry is there to cut it out.
Joe Cole wins a free-kick on the right hand side and Malouda will deliver. The ball is swung in but Jensen comes off his line to claim with ease.
Bikey, Eagles and Fletcher combine well on the left hand side in Burnley's best move of the game but as they look to switch the play to Elliott, Ashley Cole makes a good interception.
Burnley win a free-kick around thrity yards from goal and Blake will look to test Cech for the first time. Blake strikes it goalbound but his effort crashes into the defensive wall.
Lamapard picks the ball up and slides a through ball in between the defenders and into the path of Malouda but the flag is raised to put an end to a slick Chelsea move.
The game has slowed somewhat since that Lampard chance. Burnley have managed to get a foothold in the game and are holding off some pressure from the visitors.
Burnley are almost made to pay for some slack defending from a Chelsea break but Lampard blazes his shot from the edge of the box high and wide. It's not often you see the Chelsea man miss the target from there.
Malouda's corner is swung in but Bikey makes the clearance at the front post. It's not been a particularly impressive start from the home side and Chelsea will look to capitalise.
Joe Cole crosses from the right hand side but the delivery is poor. It takes a ricochet and the Burnley defence struggles to deal with it and Chelsea earn a corner.
Chelsea dominate the early play but a slip from Alex almost lets Fletcher in behind but the chance comes to nothing.
The game is underway.
Ancelotti names a very attacking midfield of Ballack, Lampard, Joe Cole, Malouda and Zhirkov. Anelka will lead the line and Alex partners Terry in defence with Ivanovic at right-back.
A familiar looking line up for Burnley as Steven Fletcher and Robbie Blake start in attack. Eagles and Elliott will provide the width to a midfield bolstered by Bikey as Brian Laws sets up an attacking team against the league leaders.
Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Alex, Terry, Ashley Cole, Ballack, Zhirkov, Lampard, Joe Cole, Malouda, Anelka
Burnley: Jensen, Mears, Cort, Carlisle, Kalvenes, Elliott, Bikey, McDonald, Eagles, Blake, Fletcher
Hello and welcome to Turf Moor where Burnley, looking to take themselves out of the relegation zone, take on Chelsea who will look to put some distance between themselves and the chasing pack at the top of the table.
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.
A headed goal from John Terry gave Chelsea three precious points and stretched their lead at the top of the Premier League table following a 2-1 win at Burnley.
Terry had made the tabloid headlines for all the wrong reasons and had to endure constant taunts from the home supporters about his personal life.
But, typical of the England skipper, he showed great resolve to snatch all the points for his team after it looked like Burnley were going to produce another performance of passion against one of the big four clubs.
Burnley manager Brian Laws included central defender Leon Cort for his debut and found a place in the starting eleven for the diminutive Robbie Blake.
Chelsea went in front with a goal from close range by striker Nicolas Anelka that came ironically as the Clarets were enjoying their best spell of the game.
Goalkeeper Petr Cech was the initial creator with a quick throw out to the right wing where Joe Cole took full advantage of the space in front of him to pick out Florent Malouda at the far post and his knock back was converted with ease by Anelka.
The home side suffered a further blow to their chances when left-back Christian Kalvenes limped off to be replaced by David Edgar.
Striker Steven Fletcher brought Turf Moor to its feet with an equaliser early in the second half after good link-up play with Blake.
Fletcher showed great skill and determination in keeping control of the ball, holding off a defensive challenge and then striking his shot beyond Cech.
Chelsea poured forward in search of a winner and although they enjoyed the vast majority of possession, they didn't ask too many questions of Burnley goalkeeper Brian Jensen.
He did make one fine save as he did well to scramble to his right to beat away a Frank Lampard free-kick.
With time ticking away, Terry broke the heart of the home supporters when he met a right-wing corner from Lampard and found the net with a firm header.
The victory means that Chelsea have managed to win at Turf Moor, which was beyond either of their title challengers Manchester United and Arsenal.
A second home defeat of the season for Burnley means that they have collected only five points out of a possible 36, but if they show as much determination and fight against so called lesser opponents they may yet avoid the drop against all odds.
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