PMB: Chelsea v Burnley - history

We go back in time for the third part of our Pre-Match Briefing with club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton…



Sean Dyche has never won a game against Chelsea, the club he almost joined as an apprentice way back in 1988. Moreover, excluding penalty shoot-outs, the Blues have not lost at home to his current team, Burnley, for 10 games (seven wins, three draws) in all competitions.

The Lancastrians’ most recent visit was a year ago this month, with Antonio Conte and his side enjoying a fourth straight victory at the start of his career at Stamford Bridge. The star turn was Eden Hazard, who opened the scoring inside 10 minutes – ending a driving run from deep with a powerful shot inside the far post – and was back to his impish best.

Dyche’s then freshly-promoted team struggled with the pace and movement of the home side’s forwards, and Willian added a second as the defence hesitated just before half-time.

The coup de grace was struck when Pedro burst clear on the breakaway and played the ball across the area for Victor Moses to sweep home. The final score was 3-0.

Prior to that, the two sides last met at the Bridge in 2015, a 1-1 draw. Branislav Ivanovic blasted the Blues ahead inside the opening quarter-hour but the normally mild-mannered Nemanja Matic was dismissed for reacting to a limb-threatening challenge by Ashley Barnes, and the 10 men eventually succumbed to a Ben Mee nod-in to draw 1-1.

In 2009 the Clarets were beaten 3-0 by Carlo Ancelotti’s future Double winners.

Goalie Brian Jensen almost single-handedly prevented the hosts from scoring right up until the brink of half-time, when Didier Drogba broke forcefully down the right and crossed for Nicolas Anelka to tap home.

Straight after the break we doubled the lead when Anelka found Frank Lampard’s overlapping run, and a lay-back was met with a diving header by Michael Ballack.  

The cherry on the cake, though, was Ashley Cole’s dipping volley, the thumping finish to a fine move.  

Pre-match choice: The results

Earlier this week we asked you to select your favourite opening-day win in recent times and with 25 per cent of the vote, you went for a brilliant victory against today's opponents...

The Clarets’ last league win here was on Monday 26 April 1971 when Steve Kindon scored the only goal in the old First Division.

That was the second of three games over five days. On the Saturday we beat Coventry 2-1, and on the Wednesday, two days after the Burnley game, we traveled to Maine Road to face Manchester City in the second leg of the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup semi-final. (City’s keeper Ron Healey scored an own goal to put us through to the final 2-0 on aggregate.)

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The last 10 league games against Burnley at Stamford Bridge 

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Other match last season

12 Feb 2017 Premier League

Burnley…………1                    Chelsea……………1

Brady 24                                  Pedro 7

                         Att: 21,744


Chelsea v Burnley in all competitions

Games played   94

Chelsea wins     34

Draws               24

Burnley wins     36


Head to head in the League at Stamford Bridge

Games played   42

Chelsea win      21

Draws               6

Burnley wins     15

Supporters attending today's game are reminded to arrive at the Bridge early for special food and drink offers and other activities taking place around the ground.