Reigning champions Chelsea is all set to defend their Premier League crown when they welcome Burnley at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon. The game kicks off at 10:00 AM EST. NBCSN will be doing the TV coverage while the game can be watched online live on FuboTV.
Clearly, Chelsea is the stronger team but let’s not forgot Burnley’ come from behind 1-1 draw in the 2016-2017 season match up which left Chelsea frustrated.
Date and Time: August 12th, 2017 10:00 AM EST
Venue: Stamford Bridge, London
TV: NBCSN (US)
Chelsea will be fighting for their fire power as Eden Hazard is still recovering from an ankle injury and won’t be playing in the season opener. Also, Pedro is sidelined with an ankle injury that he picked up during the last week’s FA Community Shield.
Victor Moses will be out due to a suspension slapped on him in last seasons FA Cup final. Antonio Rudiger may start in Moses’s spot.
Cesar Azpilicueta may be pushed forward to right wing-back.
Probable playing XI: Cahill, Alonso, Kante, Fabregas, Luiz, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Pedro, Willian, Batshuayi, and Courtois.
Burnley playing its fourth major league has lost all three of their Premier League opening day games. And they may turn it four if they don’t take care of Chelsea’s attack on Saturday.
There have been no reported injury concerns in Burnley’s team ahead of their 2017/18 opener.
Burnley, who lost Andre Gray to Watford this summer have got Jonathon Walters to fill his shoes. Also, in defense, James Tarkowski will be replacing Michael Keane.
Jack Cork can potentially make his debut in midfield. However, another new intake Phil Bardsley will have to wait a little longer into the season due to injuries
Probable playing XI: Mee, Tarkowski, Westwood, Brady, Ward, Lowton Cork, Arfield Walters, Vokes, and Heaton.